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#290: 09-30-2011 @ 03:59:30 pm
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

Things I like about playing Tanky Alistar:

 

* Uber-tanky after building just 1 item (Randuin's Omen). Nigh invulnerable after 2-3.
* AoE stun...as a BASIC ability.
* Strong positioning tool in headbutt.
* You get to be a minotaur! A big, brawny, badass, bi-horned, brawling bull. With an attitude to boot :).
* Last hitting is about as close to unimportant as you can get outside of being a Janna-like support character who should in-fact avoid farming.
* The teamfight is where you are. If not, you're doing it wrong.
* You are (almost) always filling in a much-needed and often-ignored role on the team by choosing to run a tank rather than a carry/brawler.

Things I dislike:
* Mostly unnecessary with skilled allies in an AI game.
* Reliant on good teammates or you find yourself just "bailing people out" all day.


Thing I hate:
* Almost without fail you get yelled at for either "not tanking right" or being a total noob.
* This happens regardless of whether you're tanking right or not. . . in fact the key factor seems to be less what you do and more whether Yi is on your team and just died within a mile of you.


All around, I think I can add Alistar to the list of champs I am comfortable playing. I know I need work, but I've just had a few straight wins in PvP with him; so now the list goes Vlad, Alistar, Janna. And based on a recent match, at least in AI games, MF may be making the cut soon :).

-AHMAD


#291: 10-01-2011 @ 09:24:16 am
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Nayth0rNayth0r

  • Real Name:Nate
  • Joined:2010-01-25

Congrats!  You are gettting more characters to play faster than Steph and I did.  At this point I've probably got at least a half dozen I can play confidently.  Twisted Fate is not one of them after that Dominion loss.  I will never play him again I think....

 

But with those three that's an AP carry, Tank, and Support.  Now you just need a jungler and AD carry, and apparently MF is waiting in the wings.  Whenever we need an AD carry I do Cait or Ashe, but MF is pretty solid.  I think I've only played her once or twice, AAAAAAND according to the patch preview I just watched Bullet Time now stacks with both AD and AP.  So there's that. 

Although here I am talking about how I play a bunch of characters now, and here's all my most recent games.  The top and bottom games on the list were both REALLY good games for me, so I also wanted to brag. 

 

 

Oh, and Ren?  YOu mentioned at some point WW in Dominion being something to try out.  I can confirm that this is something to try out. 

 

-N

 

[Edit:  I apparently need to learn how to post images.  I will do this later, after I ingest chemical energy.]

This post was edited by Nayth0r on October 1, 2011, 12:28 pm


If bananas have potassium, do potatoes have banassium? 6th graders are like sentient balloons. Drifting in any direction, at any speed when given any provocation.
#292: 10-02-2011 @ 01:28:42 am
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

:) Okay - just posting this because for everything bad that happens something equally good generally happens without you realizing it :P.

So lost to bots twice in a row, right? Well - today I got 80% on practice Q's, which was really nice. And just now? I had the "perfect" initiate with Alistar. I could probably tank soloq for 30 games, with 30 teams as good as this one and not have so textbook a perfect initiate ever again.


So - by turns - MF had dropped her ult, crippled them, then b'd. Then fiddle came, crowstormed (they easily ran), then b'd. So before anyone else could I basically told them that they should let me set them up for a kill before dropping the ults. Up until then, I'd mostly just been ganking Yi when he was vulnerable in lane and just helping MF in top, so nothing fancy. Anyway, a few minutes later my opportunity comes :).

We're all dancing around in mid - they've got Garen, Gangplank, Yi, all there, Xin just a bit further out of range with Lux still coming back from base. I've just finished my randuin's omen (+mobility boots), so I'm feeling tanky and ready to throw the bull around, but they're just not giving me an opening. Nobody's coming out of turret range; demolishing our minions well before we can hope to make use of them, etc. And then it hits me . . . . we are losing our advantage FAST. 4v4, with us as fed as we were (our 5th was off somewhere) we could totally take them. 4v5 with Lux pegging us from behind, less so. And so - rather than use my usual combo, I Flash DIRECTLY into the middle of them, and actively *WAIT* for like half a second before popping my ult - I open with Randuin's omen instead. And then ult off - suddenly there's zero CC! Headbutt - and literally a few frames later Yi dies. Ground pound, and Garen just drops. And then just as I'm about to back up I realize - its okay to stand here and get shot by the turret! I have enough health, and because I'm doing it my ENTIRE team is totally engaging RIGHT under the turret for free! We get another kill before backing off and I heal everyone . . . just as lux's lazer hits and brings 2 of us to <50hp!!!! :)


Net casualties: 0, Net assists: 3. It isn't a penta-kill, things could theoretically be more awesome. And tbh, my endgame score was nothing terribly impressive (3/2/9, 26 total teamkills). But just the way everything came together to tank "just right" in that moment - *grins* stuff like this makes up for ****ty games against bots.

-AHMAD


#293: 10-27-2011 @ 05:12:06 pm
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Nayth0rNayth0r

  • Real Name:Nate
  • Joined:2010-01-25

Well, I'm pissed.  I just got my first ever leaver.  Hooray for fucking Brighthouse dropping the connection for 10+ minutes which has NEVER happened before.  Then it wouldn't let me back in when I was trying to reconnect, so I wuit out of the game and signed in again, and it had assigned me a fucking leaver. 

 

And the further bullshit is that I was jungling WW, was 1/0/2 and the team score was 12-5.  We had a couple of towers down too I think.  So yay.

 

Fucking Brighthouse. 


If bananas have potassium, do potatoes have banassium? 6th graders are like sentient balloons. Drifting in any direction, at any speed when given any provocation.
#294: 10-28-2011 @ 06:10:01 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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  • Real Name:Adam
  • Joined:2010-01-22

Fucking Brighthouse indeed.  It's a shame you are now stuck with that even though you weren't being a douche and actually leaving the game.

I find that is one of those issues with Online Games.  It is understandably difficult to build a system that can tell the difference between someone who is abandoning the game and someone whose internet legit took a dive.  When you're on the negative end of that though it sucks.


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#295: 11-04-2011 @ 12:41:50 pm
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DominionDominion

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New and changed summoner spells for season two!

Interesting things to see. I was half expecting to read "we got rid of flash". An increased cooldown and shorter range might make it less powerful to the point where it has to be used more intelligently and is used way less often. I still find it really lame how often flash is used to turn a perfectly coordinated gank/team fight into nothing (just watch any tournament broadcast, it happens way too often). While it'd probably be great to see it gone, perhaps the changes will make those cases happen far less often and make it's use less "oh yay, yet again hotshot flashed away from that gank *yawn*" and more "holy crap that was an awesome flash escape!" Seeing Fortify go was a bit of a surprise. I mean, I agree with them on the reasoning and I really don't see it used that often but still, just kinda surpring. I'm also interested to hear any change on revive. It's pretty freakin' useless and clearly needs to be removed or changed (don't ask me what those changes would be). Only thing I'm not really happy about is the cleanse buff. Removing summoner spells? Blargh. The new spells at least sound pretty solid but we'll have to see when they're put in use.

Now, hopefully we'll hear something about an updated masteries tree >.>

This post was edited by Dominion on November 4, 2011, 2:59 pm


"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock and roll." Shigeru Miyamoto
#296: 11-12-2011 @ 11:09:26 am
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DominionDominion

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Now, hopefully we'll hear something about an updated masteries tree >.>

I'm awesome. Additionally, this upcoming patch sounds like the new trees and spells are getting implemented! I really like the new mastery trees. I mean, they really couldn't have gotten worse.


"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock and roll." Shigeru Miyamoto
#297: 11-15-2011 @ 11:25:58 am
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

  • Real Name:Ahmad Rasheed
  • Joined:2011-06-29

:(. I hate Fizz. I hate Fizz. I hatet Fizz. I hate Fizz.

This guy *feels* cheap - and right now people hardly know what they're doing with him. He can fight directly, he can cripple opponents to win "auto-attack" fights. Vladmir had one awesome ability: blood pool. Because of this they nerfed him pretty much nonstop since he came out.

Fizz has 2.

His Q seems only slightly worse than shun-po in that he still must traverse the path to his enemy. That said, unless you're reading your Fizz and zoning him just perfectly, he'll be able to dodge a disproportionate number of your attacks with this skill. That, plus the fact that he *ALWAYS* ignores unit collision as a passive means he can out-maneuver you in combat.

Then there's his E which makes him straight-up untargettable, and then ends with AoE damage. Also has an AoE damage ult w/knockup.

 

I'm not saying he's broken - it's hard to yell broken so early. I just hate the way I see fights with him going. What I'd love to do is write an AI for Fizz that virtually never dies 1v1. With perfect reaction time, he's got as much inbuilt 'flash' as Ezreal or LeBlanc!

-AHMAD

 

EDIT:

Just had my most awesome thingy ever. I was hiding out in their jungle to counter-jungle and I spied their team heading down through river to attack me by blue (where I wasn't). I flagged my team....and we killed 4/5 of them just as the first minions showed up.

1/0/3 Nocturne beginning his jungle with cloth armor, vamp scepter, AND short sword? Let's just say this was my fastest jungle *EVER*.

Unfortunately, LoLRecorder didn't get it; thanks to the new season 2 masteries I suspect.

This post was edited by BountyHunterSAx on November 15, 2011, 3:45 pm


#298: 11-15-2011 @ 01:27:35 pm
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DominionDominion

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New champ. Everyone will learn how to play against him eventually.

In other news, I found it amusing that Phreak (or Morello) said this was a "conservative" patch since there's a tournament coming up so they didn't want to make a lot of big changes. Then they release new/reworked spells and masteries. Lolwut?

Course the tournament client probably doesn't have those new spells and masteries. Even if that is the case, that'd be rather weird to deal with as a team since you couldn't practice with old stuff since the main client has the new stuff soooo... yeah. I dunno, I'm not on a tournament team so they probably deal with it someway that makes sense.

Anyways, I'm curious to try out the new stuff. Fizz looks fun. Then again, I love yordles (as we all know being a tall person I find short people and races adorable and hilariousily awesome).

EDIT: Sorry, Fizz is not a yordle. Kinda looks like a water yordle or something though. Close enough =P

This post was edited by Dominion on November 15, 2011, 3:30 pm


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#299: 11-15-2011 @ 06:52:48 pm
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St00fSt00f

  • Real Name:Steph
  • Joined:2010-01-22

You say water yordle, I say Stitch.

Also, he can dodge turret shots?  Blarg.


Canadians are my favorite mythological creature.

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