I just want to start this one off by saying that we have TWO new videos for you this week – one of them is up now and you can watch it on our youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvKr7SJqs44
And the next one will be up on Wednesday. I certainly can’t commit to doing two every week but this week I had some extra time and footage.
We are working on the streaming thing but I may as well explain the situation to you – our internet is shit, and we have an upload speed of 1 Mbps on average (advertised as 10, but according to my boyfriend, not what we actually get). So we need something way better. Unfortunately, getting new Internet is taking forever for various reasons – one of which being that our current company is taking 75 years to customer serve us, and the second being that a lot of plans with the kind of speed that we need are apparently not available in our building. And because we live in a rented apartment we can’t just go and install whatever wiring we want.
Fingers crossed that we’re able to sort this out because it’s been something of a dream for my boyfriend for a really long time. But until then, we have our youtube channel, so if you want to actually watch us play or just want to support us, maybe consider subscribing to that at least for now. We would really, really appreciate it 🙂
This week I decided that I should start paying attention to the free rotation more and play every champion that I don’t own at least once. I stopped doing it because I only had so much time, but now I have all the time in the world, so I feel like it can only help.
As a result I played lots of people this week I haven’t played in ages! Including….CAITLYN!! AKA the Basic Bitch of League, according to me. Upon playing her again I definitely feel like she is less basic than previously thought, because now I know how her traps work, but she’s still pretty basic. But honestly, basic can be a good thing! If anything, League NEEDS more basic. She’s fun though, and while her hat and outfit still enrage me to NO end, I definitely plan on adding her to my collection. Eventually.
I tried Tryndamere again, and I’m thinking I might actually buy him sooner rather than later because I need more top lane champions and I actually didn’t fail that hard when I played him in an ARAM.
I tried Ryze for the first time and my boyfriend/the Internet is always going on about how bad he is but he’s actually pretty cool? His abilities are pretty neat. I think that if they gave him a new ultimate (something more damage focused) he could be viable and I think that would be fun for a lot of players who like mages. I honestly am not sure what use he possibly has for a teleport, especially considering how short ranged it is. Like yeah, you can get slightly closer to an enemy, but he’s already ranged and has an instant root. And he can get further away, but if you’re actually trying to get away in a pinch it probably wouldn’t work because of the channel time. So…???
I tried Udyr again and I actually think he’s pretty cool now as well. Kind of complicated and definitely not playable outside of the jungle, but his whole ‘thing’ is neat.
I also played Swain, Vayne (lol that rhymes), and Nocturne but my thoughts on all of them are the same. I like them but I’m not like HOLY SHIT about them.
I ALSO played Sion again, except that was in an ARAM and I couldn’t remember anything about him so you can guess how that went. It was pretty funny though and at one point I ult-ed into a wall. Times like that I really wish I was recording. But we can only film with my boyfriend’s computer, and also I refuse to show my face in our videos without makeup because my skin is so bad. And I’m not the type of person who wears makeup everyday, mostly because I’m lazy but partially so that I don’t make my bad skin worse.
In another ARAM, I got Soraka, which is always a good thing, but in this case I also happened to be matched with a bunch of lower level players (on both teams). Or at least, I’m guessing that they were lower level because most of them didn’t have keystone masteries and also because I was running circles around them. And you know how often that happens. So it was a really nice feeling – I ended with a score of 17/3/50 and got an S, but I also felt bad too. I know how it feels to be matched with players who are clearly just 10x better than you because that is 90% of my games. Times like that I really wish I could honor opponents because they took it like champs (then again, I don’t have All Chat on).
The day before, my boyfriend and I were playing an ARAM and the enemy team had a Soraka, and he told his friend to “ignore” the Soraka. And I was like um, rude. And he said, “Well you know what I mean, it makes more sense to go for the other players first because Soraka does no damage.” And then 2 minutes later, he got killed by the Soraka. KARMA. Honestly, he should know better than to say things like that to me. That’s like if I suddenly transformed into one of those people who apparently think that all Yasuo players are monsters.
My favourite part of my League week by far though was when I played with a couple of players who were streaming the game. My boyfriend watched via their stream and was hanging out in the chat there for a bit so it was nice that he was able to be involved in that way, rather than just hovering over my shoulder.
When I got into the lobby for that game, someone from Riot immediately said, “OMG you’re famous!” And I mean, I’m not, but pretty cool nonetheless. (If I’m so famous, why does our youtube channel only have like 70 subscribers? Half of which are from when I used to post ukulele covers?)
It was a really nice experience overall though. They had a discord chat going so I joined but didn’t talk. Discord makes me extremely uncomfortable – my social anxiety/general weirdness makes it hard enough for me to talk on the phone with one stranger, let alone several. But I do really enjoy hearing everyone else talk because it’s just entertaining, usually.
I don’t think I played too many PvP games this week, but I did play Blitzcrank in one finally and got an A. So my confidence was bolstered, but quickly deflated again when I played him in a PvP game with my boyfriend later and failed miserably. However I still think that he’s fun to play, and the person that I played with in that first game taught me how to whisper, so that was useful.
The second game as Blitzcrank though raised a question in my mind – why don’t junglers ward? I guess I never questioned that before because in my own games I never really had an issue with warding, but in the games I play with my boyfriend, they expect me to place wards fucking everywhere and go wandering around by myself. And I’m like…why isn’t the jungler doing this? They’re ALREADY IN THE JUNGLE wandering around. They could just place wards as they go. One argument might be that junglers are often behind in gold and levels, but the same is true of supports. I think that it would be great if junglers could be in charge of the “deep” wards and supports could focus on supporting whoever they’re with at the moment and shallower wards.
Maybe this is not a problem in higher ranks but for me, wandering around alone is a death sentence. No matter who I’m playing. And as my boyfriend said himself, wards are no good if you’re dead. There were also a few times in our games this week where he would tell me that we need wards in a certain place, and I’d be like, “…so should I go there then?” and he’d say no, it’s not safe. I’m glad that he acknowledges that but it also highlights the problem that I’m addressing here.
It pisses me off so much when I’m asked to be a human sacrifice just for the sake of how the game “should” be played. In addition, this means leaving your ADC alone, and again, maybe in higher ranks this is not a problem, but in my games that could be a death sentence for them too.
What started this discussion was that I bought Face of the Mountain, which was the most recommended item for Blitzcrank (and Maokai for that matter). There are no wards included with that item, but I figured that maybe tank supports are meant to do other things. However, my boyfriend asked me (as did the rest of our team, rather passive-aggressively) why I didn’t have a Sightstone and why I wasn’t warding as much, and when I explained he just said that a Sightstone is mandatory at all times if you’re playing support. Apparently if you build a non-warding starting item, you still ALSO have to buy a Sightstone. And that’s just really shitty for the support player. My boyfriend has since informed me of the existence of Eye of the Equinox, which is almost the same as Face of the Mountain, but still. Supports should be able to have the freedom to maybe not get a Sightstone if it doesn’t make the most sense for them. This though could be changed simply by Riot altering support items or the warding trinkets some more.
So, you tell me – why does it make more sense for supports to do the majority of jungle warding rather than the jungler?
Death snack of the week: Doritos (honestly, it’s probably going to be Doritos most of the time; we go through 2-3 bags per week)