I'm off to bed, but fast summary. I did a billion things to try to make LoL stable for me. So far, I'm stable after 5 games in a row. Hoping it continues... I literally hold my breath and cross my fingers when I hit the load screen. I love this game and it seriously makes me anxious when its fing up. Glad I got a break after 2-3 days of go fug yourself.
My quick interjection - hedgie - if there's ever a situation where you feel a need to tell the other team to report me... well... either you are justified in trying to get me banned from a game I've invested a large sum of money in or you are being an asshole. Just unfriend me if you think I'm worth asking people you don't know to have me banned (this is from games yesterday btw). I've been a dick plenty of times, but I do apologize or try to make amends when possible.
Back to the exciting positive stuff. We actually got to play 2 in house games tonight. Remember when I said "fast summary?" Me too.... anyway, I'm playing with what a group of pals that I consider a bit of a ragtag bunch. To clarify, if you are forming a team, you pick folks that are good at all positions. You don't try to form a team with alex ich and froggen as they are both mids. Anyway, I end up with a team that forces us to choose the assumed best case setup based on who we have which is less than optimal. Here's our line up - we had pacov/bryff/karl/zen/brad wong. This gives me a ton of restrictions. I'm the best adc/support on that team. Bryff/zen are likely the best tops. karl/pacov are only candidates for jung. Mid is flex, but I'd have thought they would put hedgie there, so we need some strength. imo - since bryff started maining top, his mid has fallen off some. Still decent, but not as good as it was before. Anyway, anytime I've seen zen, his top is much better than his mid. And we are up against some folks we don't know that appear to be solid. Anyway, choose to have zen top (he does fine), brad does so so mid, karl is the mvp with his jungle for 1 baron steal, bryff has some probs out of support and I do so so. The enemy team's Diana actually ends up keeping us in the game due to some misplays. I screw up 1 time in a major way when we have free 2nd tower mid and I don't listen well enough seeing 700 gold bot to farm. Anyway, I certainly have less than a perfect game. Bryff had some misplays as support, but had his late game ults in place. And karl got us a smite steal on baron that I believe was the most critical moment in the game. Without that, I think we were licked.
I'll cover game 2 in a sec, but feedback for my team for both games 1st. We need to not rub shit in to folks when they screw up. I did it. Karl did it. Brad did it. We need to play as a team and not rub in mistakes and just push on. I, for instance, knew I made the wrong call when I went to farm bot at one point when I should have helped take a second tower. Bryff knew he didn't do what I asked when I reminded him of it a few times on a ward. Anyway, there's a difference between helping someone get better at the game and rubbing a dogs nose in shit to clarify that they did bad. We need to work on the helping part and not the rubbing nose in shit part.
Game 2 - well, we had the same roster but we replaced brad with hunny. OK - so the other team got beat in game 1. Imo, they got beat for 2 reasons (again, I don't know the mid at all - and I'll add that we won because of a clutch save on baron by Karl). reason 1 - their mid made multiple bad moves regarding position. He got caught a few times being overaggressive - likely assuming it was a won game. He was easily the biggest reason we won the game. The other factor was hedgie as adc. IMO - hedgie is a much better mid. Better than any mid we could throw at him based on who I had on my team. They made that decision for whatever reason, but based on their mid's performance, I think it was a bad call. Onto game 2... hedgie is now mid running as birdman. Thunder is running support again (he's one of the best supports I know) with someone else as adc (vayne). We have zen as blitz (this is a terrible idea imo), hunny top as trynd (also a terrible idea imo), bryff as mid (so so idea as he excels out of top now imo), karl jung and me adc again. Bryff has some misplays here and there. I get 1st blood on an early invade. Enemy team totally misplays the start, but little else. Zen hooks leona into me a few times. Karl is ww for we have super strength if we play the blitz combo right on ganks (we never do). Anyway, vayne gets super strong and we get raped pretty hard. Incredibly good support of bot lane and many misplays on our side. Honestly, I only want to see zen running top. His decision making process seems a bit erratic. Bryff was already a little stressed after some missteps as support in the previous game and both karl and I were rubbing it in way too much. If I could re-do the last match, I don't know how I could reconcile teammates. I want bryff playing out of top, but zen needs to be there more. That means I have to put bryff back in support as I think he's a little rusty and hedgie is a stronger opponent. smeh - I just don't think I had the personnel to make things work. Too many negative trade offs. Honestly, I likely needed to drop zen or bryff in favor of someone else more flexible.... because I want both bryff and zen top. Anywho - that and the other team was just hedgie/thunder as known quantities. Everything else was ???? Anyway, the short summary is that its bad news if you need more roles filled and 2 people have their best role as top.
side stepping. A better setup would have been zen top/karl jung/bryff mid/hunny adc/pacov support. That would have probably been a much better call. AND - we could not afford to have karl go ww in that setup. We probably needed a jungler that could have more of a presence pre 6.
and last - I'm going to be out of state for a funeral the next few days. I should be able to check in via iphone, but that's likely about it. Hopefully catch up soon. I did stream the games, so you can check out the twitch vids from tonight for them. I'll prob make a highlight of each game when I'm back in case anyone is interested.
oh - and riot - plz give hecarim more mobility. ok thx!