Days 20 to 22 – When I Don’t Understand Draft Pick

Level at the beginning of day 20: 19

On day 20, I played 4 games, 2 of which were with Varus, one of the free champions that week. I’m not really sure why I picked him as he was someone I didn’t have much interest in, but I’m happy that I did. He felt pretty basic, but I had fun. And really, that’s all that matters. I played a couple with Soraka as well.

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When you have a 90% chance of getting your primary and you still don’t

Day 21 was probably the most eventful. I didn’t play with any new champions (I stuck to Soraka and Kayle when I wasn’t able to play support), but I did try a new mode. I played my first draft pick game, and I have to say I was kind of disappointed. My first time, I didn’t get either of my two choices of roles (support and mid), which I was really surprised about. Support is supposedly the least popular role, so what gives? I ended up playing top.

I also ended up getting yelled at by another player on my team for banning someone that they apparently wanted to play. They said, “look at your team bar!!!”And I apologized and asked them what they meant and how I would be able to tell what champions my teammates wanted to play. Except, I didn’t receive an answer because they left the game and I was placed back into queue. Once again, I sometimes really hate how LOL players choose to just yell at other players rather than guiding them and actually being helpful. Afterwards I tried googling the issue but I didn’t come up with anything.

I think I’m going to stay away from draft pick for a while unless I get invited to a game, mostly because I’m scared I will end up getting forced into the jungler role, which I still don’t know how to play. And that would just suck for everyone.

Honestly though, I don’t really see the point of draft pick unless you want practice picking & banning strategically, which isn’t something I can do very well right now because I know nothing about half the champions. The actual game is the exact same. I was excited to try it because I thought you had a much higher chance of getting the role you wanted, but it seems that that isn’t the case. I feel like you have a better chance in blind pick if you’re fast enough.

On the bright side, I was invited to a group by someone I was in a game with (although I think they might have actually been on the enemy team), and I accepted because why not. Since then I get invited to games all the time! I don’t really see the point because even though you’re more likely to get chests, you also have to get an S, and it’ll be a long ass time before that ever happens. The highest grade I’ve received is an A, and that was one time. But I accept invites when I can. Who knows, maybe I will make a friend.

Through this group I also met someone who plays an aggressive Soraka. I didn’t really get to see her in action because we were in different lanes, but the first thing she said was, “it’s such a bad thing when you know how to play an aggro Soraka” and I was like, you are my queen. Or king. Whichever. I tried to add them as a friend but I don’t think they accepted. Sadface.

On day 22, I purchased Garen and Warwick just because they are cheap and supposed to be strong. I liked them both, although they both felt kind of like basic bitches. I also tried Sivir, who I purchased a while ago. I liked her a lot as well (although can we talk about her splash art? Like, what kind of position is that?) in terms of playability, not as much as a character.

And then I tried supporting with Janna. And wow, has my opinion ever changed! I still don’t like her as much as Soraka, but I had a lot of fun playing with her and I was surprised at how well she can hold her own. I ended up solo-laning with her twice (with occasional help from our jungler) in a 1v2 situation due to weird team makeups and I was like, “Well, this game is over,” but I actually did fine. We still lost one of those games but it wasn’t like, all my fault or anything. (If I remember correctly, I think we might have been down a player.)

My goals for the next couple of days are to read up on the new free champion roster (I’m stoked for this week’s – Katarina is on the list again, as well as a few others I’ve been eager to try like Cassiopeia, Irelia, Miss Fortune and Tahm Kench, who is hella gross and looks like Jabba the Hut, but he eats people so I can’t really pass up that opportunity), create mastery pages & item sets for all my new champions, and try to learn a bit more about jungling.

I’m level 20 now, I own two strong junglers (Evelynn and Warwcick), and I have some rune and mastery pages, which means it’s time to start. But…how??? I need to find out how I can safely experiment as I’m learning. The risk of letting my team down and being yelled at is too great.

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Ilia. NOT Irelia.

P.S. Another dumb thing I did – I was trying to remember what a character’s name in Zelda: Twilight Princess (which we’re playing right now) was, and my first guess was, “Irelia?” And he laughed and said that’s so funny because Irelia is actually a champion in League. I said, “Oh. But what is this chick’s name though?” (It’s Ilia. So I was actually close. But still.) SMH

I’m not going to make it until June. This game invades your head and your life and I CAN’T KEEP THIS A SECRET ANYMORE I’M GONNA BREAK

Level at the end of day 22: 20

Games played: 18

Hours: 12.5

Champions played: Varus, Soraka, Kayle, Janna, Sivir, Garen, Warwick

Death snack of the day: Cupcakes

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