I decided over my winter break to get back to League a bit and try to do some ranked games. That turned into a 10 game marathon to see where I fall. I wound up in Silver I when all was said and done. Pretty good for a rusty old fart like myself.
I realized a few things while playing that needed to be corrected immediately.
A)Bots had made me lazy. I played Bot games to the point of knowing their exact patterns. I forgot how unpredictable humans are.
B)The new items had me thrown for a loop. Where the fuck was my Reverie? What was I doing with free wards? Why did no one ward still if they gave you free ones?
C)I needed a wider champion base.
So while not the best choice, I’ve gone back to playing PVP Normals for a bit. Save up IP for new champions(I’ve gotten Quinn and Rengar so far), learn these new masteries and items(such memorization is more Trevor’s thing), and realize that people are not computer code that goes a certain way. So, please come play with me if you have a chance!
I love the level of game play that I have experienced so far. It can be frustrating, but overall, I have enjoyed the challenge jump.
On the other hand I have had a problem with people who aren’t used to hybrid players. E.G. Support Assassin Nidalee or Early Burst Urgot. This things are apparently frowned upon in the establishment. Also, people don’t seem to realize that the number of times I die doesn’t really matter, as long as I have saved the AD carry. Or my running around the map is to put wards/traps down. You know, those things that while getting me killed in the short term save the team in the long term.
Now I admit there are some nuances I need to get better at. I’m trying to practice buying an oracles before I go out on my adventures. Also while playing Urgot, trying to just stay towards the back of team fights and lob dem Qs as much as possible or swap the support into a team fight rather than the tank(which with the lag from the servers, has been rough), but hey, these are things I”m working on. Along with getting better with Heimerdinger and Orianna so I have reliable mids when Morg is banned.
Trevor and I have enjoyed it though. To him it is this strange exhilarating feeling where as to me it is just a further testament to trying to get better at the game. No ELO as of yet, but of the four games I have played, 3 have been won by the teams I have been on 😀