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Hello. Like some others here I wanted a place to record my ranked progress and hopefully get some helpful feedback along the way.

I started playing League at the end of season 2 after my wife asked me to try the game out because she was interviewing with Riot. I didn't have any experience with MOBAs but I have played a lot of CRPGs. It seemed like a fun game and after a brief hiatus I started playing beginner bot matches, working my way up to intermediate bots. Once I started consistently beating intermediate bots I decided to give PvP a whirl. Wow! What difference!

I took a break from my main account and started a new account and exclusively played PvP games. It took a good chunk of Season 3, but I started consistently winning more than losing so I switched back to my main account and the ball was rolling.

Late in Season 4 I finally took the ranked plunge. I went 7-3 in my provisionals and ended up in SIII. My stint there was short lived as I quickly dropped to SIV where I remained for the rest of the season.

With the start of Season 5 my goal is to make it to Gold.

I tend to prefer utility positions such as jungler or support, but I have been getting more time in Top, Mid, and as ADC. I own all the champs and can play most of them with some facility.

The champions I feel most comfortable on are:

Top: Lissandra, Wukong, Nasus, Gragas, Irelia
Mid: Lissandra, Malzahar, Viktor
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Elise, Nunu, Kha'Zix, Nautilus
ADC: Graves, Sivir, Tristana, Caitlyn
Support: Vel'Koz, Leona, Morgana, Braum

Mid is probably my weakest position, but I am hoping to fix that with more games and some work on my champion pool.

Thanks for tuning in and gl hf.
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Good luck for the climb.

"A person giving you advice isn't perfect and has their own shortcomings but they may give you the piece that you're missing."
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Thank you, Joxuu. :-)

As soon as I figure out where to dump some images online I will have the results of my first Season 5 promo to post.
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^ I usually use Gyazo as it's easy and fast.

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Ranked Game 1 S5

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AP Quints, Flat Health Seals, MR Glyphs, Magic Pen Marks

Masteries:

21-9-0

Summary:

Our Vi pretty much dominated and Teemo aka “Satan” caused plenty of havoc.

That said, Vi’s early ganks on my lane had me worried as she walked into lane and sort of chased Fizz around without actually doing anything before giving up and wandering back into our jungle. Then she showed up few minutes later and we got outplayed by Fizz who ran into the river bush and then hopped over the river wall and nailed me with an Urchin Strike and Ignite then use Playful / Trickster to escape, which resulted in my demise.

Picked Diana as counter to Fizz and I question the tag. If she is, it is of the who fires first variety except he can dodge your Crescent Strike fairly easily.

I pretty much played mop up crew and peeler for Caitlyn after laning phase was over. Besides Fizz it wasn’t much of a contest.

Things I need to improve:

If I am going to keep playing Diana I must get better at last hitting, connecting with Crescent Strike (seems easier when coming in for a gank), and bullying weak match-ups in lane.

Question:

Would I have been better of starting Doran’s Ring? Diana burns through mana liked a parched person through water so I thought a Crystalline Flask might be more useful.
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Joxuu wrote:
^ I usually use Gyazo as it's easy and fast.


Nice!

Is there anything I need to change with the image coding to get it to show up in posts?

This is what it looks like in the BBCode, but in the actual post the image is showing up as a question mark placeholder.

img=http://gyazo.com/0c3aef77478662f2e8d01cba716ed0be
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You need to use the .png address

(Right click the image on the Gyazo page > copy image url OR open in a new tab)
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In lane vs Fizz and Diana you shouldn't bother too much in harassing with Q early on. Instead, you should time your W well, threaten to hit him with your empowered auto-attack and bait his E into your minion wave so he pushes. Diana farms pretty well pre-6.

All in all your objective was mainly to reach lvl6 in one piece. I think you could've started Doran's ring to make sure he hurt himself going through your W and so that your passive hurt him more, but I don't think flask + pots was a poor decision due to mana costs.

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FalseoGod wrote:
In lane vs Fizz and Diana you shouldn't bother too much in harassing with Q early on. Instead, you should time your W well, threaten to hit him with your empowered auto-attack and bait his E into your minion wave so he pushes. Diana farms pretty well pre-6.

All in all your objective was mainly to reach lvl6 in one piece. I think you could've started Doran's ring to make sure he hurt himself going through your W and so that your passive hurt him more, but I don't think flask + pots was a poor decision due to mana costs.


Thank your for the laning strategy break down.

I did harass too much with Q early on, didn't reserve my empowered autoattack for fish breath, and because I didn't present much of a threat in those ways he felt no need to blow his W to try and keep up in farm or get away from me.

Regarding last hitting/farming. I tend, or have in the past, to jungle Diana so I'm comfortable playing her, but not last hitting with her. Her base attack damage is rather low and she has a long wind up on her swing, which means you have to wait until the minions are rather low and then get your attack in before your minions deal the killing blow. So some practice in a custom game is definitely in order before taking Di to mid or top again. I may look at running Butcher and Feast on her if I am not already. Doran's Ring in conjunction with Arcane Blade might also help with last hitting.

Again thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. :-)
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Ranked Game 2 S5

Runes:

Magic Pen, Flat Armor, Scaling AP, AP

Masteries:

21-9-0

Summary:

This was a story of bad engages and our team wandering around and letting themselves get picked. The opposing team did a pretty good job of wandering around in packs of threes meaning neither I nor Rengar could get picks with any ease. Their team simply did way more AoE damage than we did and no one itemized a Locket of the Iron Solari to try and mitigate some of it.

We picked up more dragons, but I wouldn’t say we had dragon control, simply that we were able to push them off or fight them when they came in to contest.

I made four main mistakes though the last didn’t matter by that stage.



1. Should have read their team comp better and put on my vs AP rune page.
2. Should have used Zhonya's Hourglass in a scrape where Annie came in out of the blue.
3. Should have noticed that no one on my team had a sweeper and picked one up.
4. Should have picked up Void Staff for my last item.

I am happy with my roaming during laning as I managed to pick up a kill top lane and a double kill bot lane.

Questions:

1. What do people run for runes on mages when they aren't sure who their lane opponent is?
2. Besides Locket what are some ways to deal with AoE damage?
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