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Hello everyone,

I have decided that for Season 4 that I, MyBloodisBlack, will in fact begin to take on the challenge of playing in Ranked matches to improve myself as a player and to get out there and meet new players along the way.

I have set myself three goals this season
  • To Get a Silver Rank at the very least
  • To Have a better Win to Lose Ratio
  • To be considered for joining a team online

I do believe I have a skills to achieve these goals, however my confidence will be a major factor in this quest but I feel that I am now truly ready to at least attempt it.

I have decided that I will work with 5 champions in Ranked
Top Lane: Riven
Mid Lane: Heimerdinger
ADC: Tristana
Support: Soraka
Jungle: Amumu

I hope people will support my journal and give me the confidence to press forward...I will keep you guys up to date as I go along.
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what are your plans if you get any of your first picks banned?


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^ I have the same question, basically. Also, will you try to stick to one role as much as possible (and if so, which one)?

Good luck :)

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Pheyniex wrote:

what are your plans if you get any of your first picks banned?


Well currently if it comes down to my choices being banned or/and picked first then I have a few in mind as back up

Top Lane: Fiora or Teemo
Mid Lane: Ziggs or Lux
ADC: Jinx or Varus
Support: Sona or Zyra
Jungle: Vi or Diana

Of course these might change over time
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Wayne3100 wrote:

^ I have the same question, basically. Also, will you try to stick to one role as much as possible (and if so, which one)?

Good luck :)


Well I am pretty good in support so I will try to focus on that, I dont mind about the other roles although I dread jungle mostly because if you mess up then its lost.
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i'll give you my two cents:
If you are a really (but really, really, really...) good Teemo i see no big issues... Fiora on the other hand, you might easily find trouble. I daresay she'll work better mid (please don't hit me). Riven is very solid, if you understand her.

your midlane choices seem decently solid, even though Heimerdinger woulnd't be my priority pick. He can have a decent lane dominance but he lack protection against ganks ( Ziggs and Lux better in that regard)

Until Jinx and Lucian get their respective tunings, i can say I don't disagree with you choices either. If you are aware of Tristana's early game and feel you can do well, please do.

Sona and Zyra were very popular in late S3 due to engage/disengage potental, but things seemingly took a turn for heavy CC (they have but not comparable to Annie and Leona and tankyness (they don't have). I think you'll have some trouble with any of your picks if you find something like Leona against you, so i'd advise you to take a peek at Lulu. I still have no opinion on new Soraka botlane, though.

Amumu and Vi seem fine, especially if you aren't in a very high rank, although I know Amumu can be a popular ban. Regardless, you should be aware that Diana has serious troubles pre-6 and you might be required early ganks (cuz bronze, pliz), and I really don't remember how her clear is. Hopefully you will also get the required items.

Bottom line, I'm not saying you can't be successfull with your choices. Just make sure you aren't picking blindly. I wish you most success in your ranked season four!


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Pheyniex wrote:

i'll give you my two cents:
If you are a really (but really, really, really...) good Teemo i see no big issues... Fiora on the other hand, you might easily find trouble. I daresay she'll work better mid (please don't hit me). Riven is very solid, if you understand her.

your midlane choices seem decently solid, even though Heimerdinger woulnd't be my priority pick. He can have a decent lane dominance but he lack protection against ganks ( Ziggs and Lux better in that regard)

Until Jinx and Lucian get their respective tunings, i can say I don't disagree with you choices either. If you are aware of Tristana's early game and feel you can do well, please do.

Sona and Zyra were very popular in late S3 due to engage/disengage potental, but things seemingly took a turn for heavy CC (they have but not comparable to Annie and Leona and tankyness (they don't have). I think you'll have some trouble with any of your picks if you find something like Leona against you, so i'd advise you to take a peek at Lulu. I still have no opinion on new Soraka botlane, though.

Amumu and Vi seem fine, especially if you aren't in a very high rank, although I know Amumu can be a popular ban. Regardless, you should be aware that Diana has serious troubles pre-6 and you might be required early ganks (cuz bronze, pliz), and I really don't remember how her clear is. Hopefully you will also get the required items.

Bottom line, I'm not saying you can't be successfull with your choices. Just make sure you aren't picking blindly. I wish you most success in your ranked season four!


Thank you for your two cents, I am still considering which champions to use however I feel my 5 priorities are my best options if I am to use my best champions however then this list can change especially mid because I do enjoy success with Ziggs.

As for top lane although Riven is a sure fire I still to try out other champions apart from Fiora and Teemo so I am sure there are much better champions for me to use.

I will also consider Lulu as an option because she is pretty neat :3
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Well I have been informed that all of the Ranked stuff will be reset in the upcoming week so that means my journey will have to be on hold for the meantime but that is ok because I have more time to evaluate the champions I am considering using.

I have decided that for Top Lane I will be removing Fiora and will be replacing her with Irelia for a more tanky option
For support role I think I will take Zyra off and go with Lulu to counter the Tanky Supports
For Mid Lane I am considering replacing Lux and picking someone who will bring more to the team fight like maybe Zyra (I would love some imput on a good team fight mid laner)
As for ADC I might consider removing Varus and replace him with the likes of Caitlyn or Miss Fortune for a bit more easy of use
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Well I haven't updated in a while but here goes

With the new season of League of Legends coming up I have been trying to get a list of champions ready in order to play Ranked...I made an original list but now after careful consideration I have come up with a much more diverse collection of champions that I feel will add me in my journey :)

In Top Lane I have decided to go with Riven and Irelia
In Mid Lane I have chosen on Heimerdinger, Ziggs and Katarina
For Jungle I believe Aatrox, Amumu, Diana and Vi provide alot to the team
As for Support I can't go wrong with the likes of Soraka, Sona and Lulu
And ADC is taking up by Jinx, Caitlyn, Varus and Miss Fortune
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Ok first off I have to update my main champions list AGAIN because that's the kind of guy I am

-Top Lane is still Riven and Irelia
-In Mid Lane I have removed Heimerdinger and Katarina and decided to stick with just Ziggs because I believe Mid Lane is my weakest area of the game and there was on point having many champions in this lane for me
-For Jungle I have decided against Diana and Aatrox and stuck to my two best Junglars of Amumu and Vi
- For the support role I kept Soraka and Sona but swapped Lulu for the more tanky option of Leona for that extra choice in my roles
-Finally ADC I have removed Varus but still stuck to Jinx, Caitlyn and Miss Fortune

Anyways I have finally began to do my Rank preliminary matches and as aspects...I didn't get a good result :/

I won't bother posting a screenshot (unless you guys demand it) however basically
- I decided to play Sona
- We soon discovered our jungler had in fact gone afk putting us at a disadvantage
- I made a mistake of trying to heal my ADC who had 1/4 health when I should have Ult'd our opponents instead
- I also totally missed my second ult
- in the end we most of us actually got 0-3-0 and were forced to surrender due to being down 4 to 5

Not a great start but nothing a bit of practice (and a more reliable Jungler) couldn't fix
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