How to First Pick? Q & A
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For some reason whenever I first pick, I lose majority of the games.
Mainly play jungle and mid, so some suggestions for first pick will also be good. Thanks.
As per suggestions, here are the champions I most comfortable:
Mid - Quinn, Lux, Katarina (Some times play Sona since I mained support last time)
Jungle - Warwick, Xin Zhao, Kindred, Irelia
I doubt many people in silver actually take counterpicking in account though, and those who do mostly pick champions they suck at just for the sake of counterpicking. You will still get a disadvantage if they're not forcing themselves into a pick.
On jungle the counterpicking is slightly weaker, but maybe you have good team awareness when picking your jungler, or maybe you like situational junglers like Udyr (he sucks against some comps).
That said, you should learn how to properly play against bad matchups anyways. You won't always be able to stay in comfort matchups.
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No disrespect to anyone in Silver but you shouldn't be too worried about people counter-picking you. 9 times out of 10, that player wont have a great understanding of the champ or how to play the match-up. I recommend just sticking with your best champs (especially mid). And if you can, learn some of the tougher match-ups for your champ and discover the easiest ways of playing safe and surviving the laning phase.
But to answer your question better, choose less played champions. Normally your opponent won't know the counter to champions they don't see often such as Nocturne, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Karthus, Azir, or Yorick. I personally rarely have issues as first pick because my main champion choices are all very low pick rate.
However if you're higher elo just assume no matter what you pick can be countered since they understand the champions and how to beat them. They also tend to have a larger champion pool. However you can always coordinate your pick with your team. For example choosing a champion that works well with one on your team. In which case being countered isn't as bad because your team comp is good.
Mid Lane is a different story. If you're particularly scared of playing certain champions into other specific champions, you can always request a swap with someone, or request bans. Part of first picking a solo lane is recognizing which champions you're vulnerable to, and if those champions are picked, how you can still exploit the match-up. Often, that might mean talking to your jungler and/or support and communicating what you might need to survive/win the lane. Know what your champion can do, and know what openings they can exploit.
Quinn as a first pick is kinda interesting, because there's a fair chance, from the opponent's point of view, that you'll be taking her top. Because of this, you'll probably usually end up facing off against comfort picks, rather than hard counters. If a matchup sucks, do what you can to keep up on exp, and when openings show themselves, focus on rotating for ganks.
Katarina has a similar story to Quinn in that you'll have to focus on rotating in bad matchups, without falling behind in exp. You're much more likely to get counter picked with Kat though, but she has her own advantages as well. Maybe avoid first picking Kat if certain champs such as Talon, or whatever else you're scared of are still up.
Lux is generally a pretty safe pick, unless the opponents pick dive champions like Hecarim and Fizz. Maybe grab Teleport in hard match-ups where you just want to keep as much counter-pressure as possible, and farm safely, and Barrier, Exhaust, or Heal if you're scared of dives.