heh - not much to see there, mr karls? Also, I believe karl is a sentient tornado. Been going ape shite in RUST lately. Decided to start up a thread for that stuff so as not to clutter here (I think I could write quite a bit on that). Looking forward to some more league in the near future though - things are just getting nuts on my server in RUST atm. Anyway, if interested, I'll be discussing over here: http://forums.joeuser.com/478789/page/1/
Finally got back to playing some League last night. Played 3 ranked games w/ Bryff. We lost the 1st due to just a god awful team (I did OK with GP - was holding my own but every lane got steam rolled (#chogath mid vs anivia (them), lux support (us)). Just god awful comp. Game 2 I crushed it hard - heavy carry out of me and the jungler. Game 3 I was crap but Bryff carried like a boss. Was quite a bit of fun. Been missing league.
I got some of that Bryff freelo the other night. I got dumpstered by a Riven cause I forgot that some of them are actually really dangerous. Specially the ones with the hoodie skin.
But Bryff didn't care. He just put me on his back by getting a Pentakill with Vayne. Of course he did have a lot of help from me. Not with like damage or anything cause I died pretty early in that fight but with encouragement! "Kill them Bryff! Kill them all! Get that guy! Yeah, good job! Oh... yeah him too! Get the penta Bryff! GET THE FUCKING PENTA!!!"
So the most random thing happened today. I was getting some easy LP by queueing up with Booster Buddy Bryff and our Support asks if we know Game Of Throws. So that was a bit of a trip. He says he went to school with you Cow? Know anyone who goes by the name Whatsasightstone?
That's a fella i went to school with in college. Kind of an odd guy. Disappeared randomly half way through a semester only to reappear later. Also didn't shower often enough while we were in school haha.
I am all moved in at my new place in Hancock MI, but still no internet. Sounds like Thursday I should have it, but I'll be taking a trip back to Wisconsin for a few days. So I will still be pretty MIA for most of August. Well probably the next 5 years. Sigh.... My poor elo....
Well, I'm finally over my GP love affair. Pretty tired of playing him. Also, still kind of suck with him a bit, so I'm over it. Started goofing off and playing darius a bunch. Holy crap can that be fun if you go off. Anyway, mostly just playing for fun lately. Pretty well over rust as well.
learning curve is rough apparently
So rito just said this re: when is Yorrick rework:
"Soon! Yorick will be sometime between now and the next new champion."
Also, chromas will ALL be 2k ip each apparently with an IP sale on all chromas pre aug 2016 in late aug
Currently my hands down fav champ in the game. Top lane pref. I can see how he'd be a decent jungler for ganks.
2 fav things about him.
1 - skarl is like a zac/aatrox passive that isn't poop. The best part of all is that it teaches you to be VERY mindful of your health as you lose skarl if you drop below 50% hp. So, you adjust your trading stance and so on to keep skarl up. It also, once you get good at it, give you an a really good way to bait all ins if you've already lost skarl and are properly restacking him.
2 - his ult is freaking amazing. It has its weaknesses, but holy crap - the beast mode gank potential is insane. Particuarly with how your team can follow right along with you. So, if you get a jungler to stay near you, you can do a very quick gank to any lane - instant 4v2 on bot lane or 3v1 on mid. And with skarls mobility, even if they flash, you can still likely lock them down It's particularly brutal with a vi on your team. Folks don't really utililize the team aspect of this super well as peeps aren't used to. I can usually get my jungler to tag along for a gank somewhere with a ping + stay near me. Folks figure it out with that and boom - instant beast gank. Also hey - cc immune during ult. so... there's that awesome fact as well.
runes/masteries - I think I do a fairly passive setup. some AD, health, amr, and mr. 5% or so AS. Masteries - ferocity 100%. I run 18/0/12 with a point in the thing that gives you added healing.
Build - I've been toying with quite a few setups. You start with sword + pots if you can. If you can't then you can go cloth 4/5 if needed or doran's shield. Doran's blade is fine, but if I feel fine getting that, I probably feel fine with my preferred sword/pots start.
Unless I'm getting crushed, I RUSH tiamat. After that, I adjust heavily based on what's going on. My fav build (that I can't do every game but I straight up love) - ravenous or titanic hydra - phantom dancer - black cleaver - w/e you need (defensive, etc). That build is just pretty well sick. W/e boots you want is fine, but I don't bother with the CDR ones.
I'm getting a pretty decent amount of time in with him out of top and learning quite a bit. I find him fairly easy to use but quite fun.
New chromas are live. You can buy the older ones individually for 2k IP.
uh.. so yasuo... he has a high ban rate. The reason for that imo is simple. 1 extrra AA on his ult due to a fix. I met someone tonight that explained it to me a little differently. I was like SS+IE - that's a shit build (see op gg trend). He has a very high win rate. He said SS/IE is the way. Its because the damage is insane and hard to predict if you aren't used to the matchup AND not used to the 1 extra AA. Consider an extra AA that crits and adds SS. And it never existed before. MOFO straight up got a MAX dmg increase on trades of 1 AA including crits + SS + IE added dmg potential. And he's likely to get that crit. This means if you are used to the matchup, you are fucked because you stay "knowing" you are safe after the burst. Now, no... its a very diff set of math. AND he has his arm pen passive on ult. So, you build def, you are fucked. You misplay thinking you the normal vs yas rules applied, you are fucked. There is a steep learning curse imo.
I think he might actually be OP as fuck top even though SOME of it is learning curve. I think he might have very high dmg potential even though he has KIND OF a weaker laning phase... smeh
time for a lil boaz/pacov boozed streaming
trying out paragon - fps moba from epic. f2p. Looks good so far
Worlds starts this evening. Starting to get hyped finally. Don't forget about the 1 Ip/150 IP things you can buy for day 1. Also, I picked up a few world championship chested. Seems like they gave out pretty good stuff.
also, i got around to playing the new champ on PBE... dude feels clunky AF. I was having a really hard time trying to figure out how to use him optimally.
Well, we got mr Bryff back to plat last night. So now he no longer has to play ranked with Swan.
I was on one of my alt accounts that had decayed back to gold, but we ended the night with both he (silver 1) and I (gold 1) hitting a series. So, hopefully we can bounce him up to gold after 3 games so the ranked hijinx can continue. Swan had a really epic nocturne jungle game
played on main - 7 wins later p4 again and pumped
also, the most impressive tech of all time has been added to LOL. We finally are able to have this... and replays... science
We have the technology.
If by epic, you mean worthy of a B+. Then yes, I had one of those.
Preseason patch is live. Just trying some things out. Kat is really fun. Some trickier mechanics now, but blinking all over is fun at least.
Jungles changes are going to take a bit to get used to I think. The plants are there, sure, but the smite timer differences, no leash starts, dmg done differential and smite functionality... all kind of weird so far to me trying things out.
Well, its been awhile since I've bothered to post or jibber jabber much here, so I figured I'd check in.
I'm still playing LOL as my main gaming interest. Playing a few things here and there but mostly LOL. Here's a few things I'm going to touch on in this post as they've been on my mind.
So, autofill kind of blows imo. I get why they are doing it (to bring down queue times), but folk are often real shitters when they get autofilled. And then there's the other thing that's happening - many, many queue dodges and some folks getting tilted before the game starts simply because of the autofill/dodges.
Here's an example from me from a few nights back. I queue up and hit lobby inside of 2 minutes (pretty normal queue time for me now). I see I'm top lane, my primary pick. 60 seconds in, someone dodges. I hit the next lobby, now I'm mid (my secondary pick). I'd actually prefer top, so I ask the guy who hit top if they'd be willing swap. He agrees, so I'm happy. Someone dodges. Now, I'm back to top. Someone dodges. Now I'm autofilled to support. The game starts without a problem. This crap really makes me miss the old team builder. You got to pick the role and champ you wanted to play. You got to play that. You might have had to wait longer, but you always got to play what you wanted. Which is a hell of a lot more fun than hoping you get your primary, having folks dodge because they've been autofilled, and you bounce around over and over. Top it off, you might have had a ban choice in 1 lobby and you lose it with the dodge... or had a favorable pick order, and so on. Anyway, its a bit of a pain in the ass and the dodges happen enough now where I know that in about 4 games, I'm going to have seen at least 8 dodges. Don't really think I'm exaggerating there and it adds about 5-15 minutes to the wait to get into a game (time I'd have been willing to wait to just get the role I wanted)... instead waiting and just sucking it up after 15 minutes if I get a role I'd pref not to play.
re: How lobbies work to decide if you get your primary/secondary. I'm still a little unsure about this one. We know that in the past, if you picked support in ANY way, you pretty much always got support. That changed things for folks like me where I eventually refused to queue for support as a secondary as there is no point in doing so... you're going to be the support. The last few times I tossed it in there as secondary, I ended up getting my primary or even autofilled to mid. Then I even had trouble getting it as a primary role. Bottom line, I think Rito has been tweaking the values on the roles quite a bit behind the scenes. Things currently seem to be weighted back towards getting support if you put it as your main or secondary again. Keep in mind this is my POV from playing solo in flex queue for the most part - could vary for other queues. All said and done, I have no idea how it works now for sure and I think Rito blew it a bit with the bad weighting of things at launch and leaving it that way. It is preseason though, so w/e.
New ranked queues - so I'm really trying to figure this out and don't know for sure either. I THINK they took what was flex queue last season and transferred your MMR and LP over to the solo/duo queue. For example, I finished last season P4 in the flex queue (eg the only ranked queue). When I play ranked solo/duo, I see I'm P4, so I guess that happened and I don't recollect having any placement matches in that queue. I believe they will reset that MMR and I'll have to do placements later in preseason.
With the new flex queue, I think they treated it like a new queue for the most part... or maybe.. idk... I had placement matches and now I'm plowing through the ranks. I'm guessing they won't reset that and have me do placements again, but f if I know. By and large I've been enjoying the new flexed queue playing mostly solo. Only times its kind of blown is if we get a well coordinated team that ROFLstomps, but that's happened maybe twice now.
Yorick 1 tricking - I am loving playing yorick now.... possibly yet another flavor of the month for me (I tend to get super focused on a champ for a bit and then lose interest after I reach a decent skill level - kind of to my detriment, but I get bored). Yorick is a split push god with powerspikes that folks do not expect as the overall exposure to the reworked yorick is still pretty low. This generally means an advantage for me as I work on my top game and figure out how to use him best, which is good as top hasn't been very strong for me - now its prob my best role.
Build is trinity, zz, guardian angel, w/e. You get w/e boots you need based on matchup and you adjust your build if you end up behind to prioritize the zz over trinity. 90% of the time I'll rush the sheen and I pick w/e starting item I feel I need into the matchup. I generally lane very well and get a nasty powerspike at lv2 and lv4. He's a fun champ and not too mechanically difficult... well, I guess that's not super true. You need to manage his grasp and grave digger stacks, hit your cc at the right time, wait for your ult etc... not that hard though. His dueling power goes through the roof when he has his ult available, but its pretty critical to keep in mind you are much weaker mid game w/o that ult. With his ult and zz and the right circumstances, you can push 2 different lanes and group in a 3rd which obviously puts a substantial amount of pressure on the enemy team.
Last thing on yorick is my queuing strategy. I mentioned how if I go support as a secondary, I will probably get it. Well, if I choose top as primary and mid as secondary, unless I get autofilled, I'm very likely to get a role that is highly wanted, which enables me to generally get to play top if that's what I want or play something that I can carry on mid like fizz or even swap w/e someone else. It's mostly guess work, but I assume mid is the most desired role, so I increase my odds of getting my primary of top by picking mid as secondary... seems to be working out so far. I feel like I'm autofilling 1 out of every 5 games though.
Who I'm playing w/ - I'm mostly pugging. I'll get in games with Bryff/Swan here and there. Haven't been hooking up with hunny much, don't play with cow atm as I want to play ranked and I apparently can't even invite the guy to a flex queue game. Karl doesn't reply if I reach out to him so that's a waste of time and Boaz is super into TT, which I freaking hate, so I'm not playing much w/ him. I have been really enjoying myself though and like working on my yorick game and plowing through elo while I get better.
Last, my ping jumped up 20-30 in the last week or two. Not sure why. Was 23, now its 50 or so static. Perfectly playable, but its a weird, very static change. Not sure if its me, my isp, rito, routing, or what. I'll prob look into that before long.
OK that's it. See ya
So, it looks like the reset impacted all of the ranked queues. So, I placed in like silver IV when I started in the new flex queue before the reset. Played my placement games and now I'm gold IV I think. w/e. Anyway, having fun. Started getting tired of yorick, but then I decided to start varying my builds more and trying it with different masteries/keystones. Pretty sure grasp is the only keystone works really well with him. Tried quite a few out to see if anything was all that useful and nothing really panned out but that.
Rolling w/ a 67% win rate on yorick top in ranked ATM. Only gold III after placing gold IV a few days ago. Looking forward to the elo of placements evening out in a bit so I get more consistent match ups.
So Riot did a cool year review thing. I thought I got a penta on brand this year but turns out I only got one on Varus. If you want to see mine follow the link. It would be cool to see everyone elses.
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