I ended up working from home one morning this week, so obviously I used that time to play LOL. (I played bot games so I could still check my email semi-frequently.)
I played the only two champions I was really interested in on this week’s rotation, Ezreal and Maokai. Ezreal I just wanted to play because I haven’t played him since I think January, and I like him a lot more than I remember. He’s not that interesting, but I’m starting to feel that way about a lot of ADCs. Like, they all basically just shoot things in a variety of ways. But I really like his range and he seems pretty strong, although I’m finding it increasingly hard to get an accurate first impression from bot games.
I wanted to play Maokai because of his rework. As I’ve noted a few times, I didn’t really like him the first time I played him, but I really liked him this time around. Except, he is exactly the same as I remember him. So do I just remember wrong?? Or…. :S So that’s confusing, but the point is, now I think he’s awesome, although again, kinda hard to tell from a bot game. I liked that he has a mix of ranges, and it felt like even though I was pretty close up, I wasn’t at risk of dying constantly, like I usually feel I am in that position (even with melee champions). His ultimate is also just really satisfying to watch. One change I did notice is that his saplings that he tosses seem to have more range and also they make sounds and have little faces, which is really cute.
Something I don’t get though is that his role has now shifted from top to support. Like…what?? That is kind of an extreme shift? And why? To me he felt stronger than before, not weaker. Although perhaps that is actually why – he’s so strong that he can just soak up all the damage that the ADC would otherwise take? That’s the only thing I can think of. And my boyfriend doesn’t like him as much now, which, OF COURSE. God forbid we agree on anything -__-
I had several hours over the weekend, which was great but not nearly as productive as I wanted it to be. Now that I’m playing all draft games, the queue time and pick/ban phase alone eats up a big chunk of my time.
So, let’s take a look at these numbers shall we?
I started off strong with another great game as Soraka (A+). That obviously met my goal.
Then I played a game with Janna, because I had just bought a skin for her and I wanted to try it out. (It was her Fnatic skin – it showed up in the new “your shop” feature and I bought it solely because I know it’s retired. I didn’t like it all that much.) That went terribly!
Then I moved onto Morgana – that one went okay, just barely scraping in to meet my goal at 0-5-14. I was nervous going into it, because right away in queue, our ADC said, “morg pls don’t steal my kills or cs” and I was like um…okay? I won’t? Why the completely unnecessary aggression right off the bat? But they ended up being really nice in the game.
After that, I started queuing for mid, with support as my secondary choice. For some reason, even though I was autofill protected, I only ended up getting mid twice. For those games, I played Lux, and neither of them met my goal (Cs again).
Side note, though – I also got the Elementalist Lux skin because it was on sale, and it is so cool!! I just wish there was splash art for all of her forms.
My remaining games were also support games so I played Morgana and Soraka again. I had another A game with Soraka (goal met), and a bad one with Morgana.
For my last game of the day, I chose to play Soraka because I wanted to go out on a high note. I was thinking to myself, “I don’t remember the last time someone got mad at me while I was playing Soraka! In my last game with her, someone even called me the best support ever!” Well, it was time for that to change, apparently.
First, in the early lane phase, our ADC (Caitlyn) told me not to touch the minion wave at all, even though I hadn’t been last hitting, just helping her out/trying to level up myself. This turned out to be a problem because without being able to use my abilities on anyone but a champion, I was constantly a level or two behind everyone else for the rest of the game. They even told me to stop touching the wave when I was clearly aiming at a champion, and minions just happened to also be there.
I tried to explain that I needed to use my Q in order to heal myself, so that I could heal them, and also to level up, but that apparently didn’t matter. Or at least, it didn’t matter until later on in the game when they kept exclaiming, “where are my heals? why aren’t you healing me?” etc. etc. I thought about explaining, but I felt like that would take too long, so I just said that I was doing my best.
It was especially frustrating because Caitlyn does not have great wave clear, in my opinion. They could have really benefited from my help just so that we could clear faster and push the lane. There were at least two opportunities where if I had been able to help them kill the minions, we would have been able to get a turret or at least make good progress on one. Again, I thought about explaining that, and also that I was playing the exact same way I’ve been playing for the last few months and no one complained about that before (except when I was just starting out), and that I had just gotten an S on Soraka so I knew what I was doing, but that sounded too much like, “don’t you know who I AM?!” and I hate when other people pull that shit. So I just said nothing, as usual.
Later on in the game, once we started team fighting, they started criticizing all of the other players as well, and they were not as nice as me. They told them that they were being annoying multiple times, to shut up, and also at one point to “blow me” (I reported that guy. No matter what’s going on, that kind of language is never okay).
But they did not, in fact, shut up.
Anyway, we lost and I hoped I would have time to play another game just so I wouldn’t have to end the day that way, but I didn’t.
In the end, I reported them as well as “blow me” guy. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should, because they weren’t being mean per say, just kind of unreasonable and, yeah, annoying. But honestly, I kind of think that they cost us the game. I don’t think anyone else actually played any differently because of them, but I did, because as support I feel like I kind of have to do whatever the ADC wants. And I have learned that I can turn a game around as Soraka if I heal people enough, and I wasn’t able to play her to my full potential because of all of their restrictions and bad decisions. (Another problem was that I kept following them/the rest of my team around, as I would have to in order to heal them, and walking into bad situations. I was usually the first to die because I couldn’t fight back very well. This person accused me of feeding, and I thought about explaining, but – well, you get it.)
I tried my best to explain their behaviour in the report, but it was tough with the character limit. I sort of feel like acting like you’re the “boss” and constantly giving other people orders sort of is a form of bullying, even if you’re not saying any of those things in a mean way (at first). Why would you just assume that you know best?
So that was not fun, and it didn’t make me feel good by any means, but I didn’t let it make me feel bad about myself or my skills. I know I can play Soraka well. The numbers don’t lie. They just had a very specific idea of how the game “should” be played, just like that Thresh from the “incident”.
And I’m proud of myself for that! I feel like the more confident I am, the better I will play, so I’m happy that I didn’t let it get to me.
Games played: 10
Champions played: Ezreal, Maokai, Soraka, Janna, Morgana, Lux
% of PvP games that meet goal: 38% (43% if you exclude that awful game with Soraka, which I would like to, but I won’t.)
Death snack of the day: Maltesers
4 thoughts on “Days 46 & 47 – I’m the Best Support Ev- Oh.”
I’m having a lot of fun reading your blog, so thanks for that!
Anyway, I’m guessing your BF has already explained how to deal with people like this Caitlyn here, but I just wanted to remind you that you’re playing with extrmely low ranked players here and there is a reason to why they’re low ranked: Either they’re new and don’t know what they’re doing, or they have a massive attitude/learning problem and that’s why they’re low ranked. In either case trying to analyze their reasoning (or lack thereof) is futile.
In this case your ADC was complaining about you putting damage on the opposing laners because the minions were taking collateral damage. This is silly, because it’s absolutely worth it in almost every case imaginable. Damaged opponents can’t fight you, which gives you lane dominance. You can begin to zone them away from the minion wave entirely and it’s a lot harder for their jungler to gan… ambush you when their laners are too wounded to fight properly.
What many low ranked players don’t understand, is that sometimes its worth sacrificing their own growth if it stunts the opponent’s growth even more. This is one such example, and you will face this issue many times in the future when you learn minion wave management in an environement where many other players have no clue about it.
Also, I play ranked with platinum and diamond league players, and even on that level people sometimes just switch off their brains and endlessly bitch about unreasonable things or events they didn’t actually see happen. Just assume that they’re too emotional to think rationally, ignore them and move on. It’s the only way to not lose your sanity.
Bahaha that’s funny. Yeah he (and others) have been teaching me a lot about the whole minion situation because I’m trying to learn how to ADC and it’s definitely a lot more complicated than I thought, but it also makes behaviour like this make a bit more sense. Thanks so much for such a thoughtful comment 🙂
Good luck on your ADC endeavors. It’s probably the hardest role to learn, so I wouldn’t try to get too discouraged if you don’t immediately see good results.
You’re usuall the squishiest member on the team and your damage potential means that most opponents will want to go for you whenever they have a chance, meaning you’re running around the rift with a big target sign above your head. Apart from that you need to be able to consistently last hit minions while being in a lane with two opponents, need to be aware of jungler presence and need to be aware of important cooldowns in teamfights so you know when to go in and when to be cautious.
Overall though I think if you get good at ADC, you can succeed at any other lane (aside from jungle), so I think it’s definitely worth learning.
If I may recommend one thing: Pick one aspect of your game that you would like to focus on before you go into the game and consciously make an effort to do that thing. This could be harassing the enemy laner, checking the minimap every few seconds, last-hitting minions etc. You’ll likely not be able to do all of it at once, so focussing on one aspect will really help. I’d recommend to start with practicing last-hits. That is, try to not worry too much about your lane opponents, but consistently try to last-hit minions until you’re at a point where you have about 80 cs at least at around 12-13mins. Getting this meachanic down is absolutely crucial since having 15 more minions than your opponent basically means you’re one kill ahead of them. More CS = more gold = more Items = more damage = better chances of winning fights.
Anyways, sorry for the long message and good luck (and above all else: Fun) in your league career 🙂
Thanks! Excellent advice 🙂