Silver, Finally

Those of you who have followed this blog for a decent amount of time will know that I frequently play and write about League of Legends. It’s my “evergreen” game, as Void likes to put it. I’ve played casually, fervently, and taken breaks. It’s something that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to quit though, despite really wanting to at times. Either way, in my history with the game, I’ve managed to get out of Bronze one time before, and now I’ve done it again.

I started playing the game during the first season, but it was nearing its end. I was still playing bot matches and normals at that point in time, so ranked was far from my mind. In season two I still hadn’t mustered the courage to play ranked, as I felt I wasn’t good enough to compete. It wasn’t until season three that I decided to give it a try. It turns out that I had better luck with matchmaking back then, because it only took me 73 games to reach Silver V, and I recall it being fairly quick. I wrote up a piece on my promotion to Silver which you can read right here. Back then I was mostly supporting, while playing top a little as well. During season four I had aspirations to try and reach Gold, but I ended up not playing any ranked at all, though I know I probably took about six months off from the game so that’s a big part of it. This season, I was gung-ho to get back into ranked play, and it took me until last night to finally get out of Bronze. There’s still time; I could theoretically get to Gold before the season’s end, but it would take some dedication and some luck, and I’m not sure if I’ll make it or not. Had I made Silver sooner, I might have pushed harder, but at this point I think I’m going to go back to playing here and there. There’s always next season.

I’m sure most of you have seen these pictures going around on social media sites. It’s a promo for the movie Straight Outta Compton which is the story of NWA, that hits theaters this Friday. There’s an image maker on the official site, and I found this to be a perfect opportunity to use it to create this image. Yeah, I’m straight outta bronze. Catchy, no? Unfortunately, I didn’t go so far as to screen shot all of the matches leading up to my promotion, mainly because I was in the promotion series to get into Silver about six or seven times before I finally made it. It never failed, I managed to get trolls or rage-quitters every time I was in a series. I lost most 2/3 (in a best of five) but lost one of those 1/3. In the final series, I ended up winning two, losing one, and winning another to go 3/1 overall. During the loss, there was (you guessed it) one of those rage-y types who declared the game would be over during champion select, and he ended up being the worst player on the team, go figure. We still held on for a while but it was too far gone by that time. Similarly to my season three performance, I ended up winning the whole series while playing support, though I feel that my contributions were note-worthy. I ended up being the shotcaller, and our rotations ended up being superior to our opponents. In the final game, there was a mutual desire to win, because every last one of us needed that win to promote into Silver, and we ended up getting our wish. I honored them all, and added them all as friends. It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had in the game, considering the toxic nature of League.

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Stats wise I’ve been doing alright, though I don’t like that win ratio. My personal performance overall seems pretty good, though I know it’s a team game and that’s why my win ratio doesn’t reflect that. It took me a hell of a lot more games to reach silver during this season though, 206 as opposed to the 73 I mentioned earlier. I spent most of my time playing Top, Support and ADC, but had a few games in the Jungle and Mid. The former have become my preferred roles. For stats people, and posterity, here’s a break down of the major points of my played champions:

Morgana: 22/13 | 62.9% win ratio | 2.7 KDA
Graves: 14/16 | 46.7% win ratio | 3.3 KDA
Corki: 11/9 | 55% win ratio | 2.7 KDA (also first ever Quadra kill in ranked)
Hecarim: 11/8 | 57.9% win ratio | 2.9 KDA
Maokai: 9/10 | 47.4% win ratio |3.3 KDA
Nautilus: 9/8 | 52.9% win ratio | 2.4 KDA
Lux: 5/5 | 50% win ratio | 3.1 KDA
Jinx: 6/4 | 60% win ratio | 3.2 KDA
Braum: 5/4 | 55.6% win ratio | 2.9 KDA
Sona: 2/6 | 25% win ratio | 2.8 KDA
Wukong: 2/5 | 28.6% win ratio | 2.3 KDA
Sion: 3/4 | 42.9% win ratio | 2.9 KDA
Caitlyn: 1/4 | 20% win ratio | 2.3 KDA
Ziggs: 0/4 | 0% win ratio | 1.8 KDA
Vladimir: 0/2 | 0% win ratio | 1.9 KDA
Pantheon: 1/1 | 50% win ratio | 1.7 KDA
Nami: 0/1 | 0% win ratio | 2.3 KDA
Bard: 0/1 | 0% win ratio | 1.6 KDA

Except for the few at the bottom, I’ve maintained at least a 2.0 KDA across the board, and that feels pretty good. How have you fared this season?

Also, taking a page out of Murf’s book, for the remainder of August I’m going to try and put up a video of a Daily run in Nuclear Throne. A rogue-like with procedurally generated levels, the Daily run is a set build that changes each day, and anyone playing the game gets one chance to see how well they do. It’s been implemented in the game for a while now, but I liked Murf’s idea where he’s been doing a run a day in Binding of Issac, and this game is already setup to do exactly what I want. I’m not imposing any other rules, though I might start to do that later on. As it is I’ve never completed a run so I doubt I’ll have to make it harder on myself! Here’s today’s run:

#leagueoflegends #nuclearthrone

Season 3 Results

When League of Legends’  third competitive season kicked off, I said that I wanted to play Ranked games, and that I would try and get into the Silver tier at least. I don’t recall if I actually wrote that down, but I know that I told people I play the game with, and mostly, I told myself. I knew that I played at a decent enough level, because people that are my friends in game are in the Bronze-Gold range, and I was able to keep up with them when playing normals. I also just had faith that I could get out of what most would consider the “ELO-Hell” tier — Bronze. When I set the goal, I had plenty of time to go, and didn’t really even start playing Ranked games until after ARAM released. But here we are, three days before Season 3 officially ends, and I reached my goal. Last night I reached Silver, Division V. I never played any ranked in the previous two seasons, and as such I feel this is a step in the right direction. Here’s how it all went down:

This season the Ranking system was overhauled, and the new tiers added. The requirement to play ten games so that the MMR system could determine your position in the ladder was something that I did sporadically. I don’t recall what champions I played or how the games went specifically, but I know that I finished those ten games with a record of 4/6 — it didn’t go as well as expected. I have friends on my list that must have won more in their first ten games, as they ended up in Silver straight away. I was placed in Bronze, Division III.

I did hit my stride for a while, where I managed to win enough games to get into a best of three promotional series. In the series, I went 2/0 and was promoted straight into Bronze, Division I. Here is where I would spend the remainder of the season, until last night. I had hot streaks. I had ups and downs. It took a while, as I didn’t played ranked games every day, nor did I always win. Sometimes I would have 92 points and then would lose them all, just to get back near 90 and lose them all again. Eventually, I entered the best of five promotional series to enter the Silver tier.

On my first attempt at the series, I ended up having early success and late failure. I won the first game, lost the second, won the third, and all I needed was one more — but lost two in a row, ending in a 2/3 mark. I played one more game after the fact, and that was enough points to send me right back into a qualifier. The second series was a disaster. I lost the first two games, and if I recall correctly, one of those was due to someone disconnecting and not coming back. The third match was a victory, but I lost the next, ending the series 1/3. I was discouraged for a while, but as the deadline neared, I really wanted to make that transition. I played quite a few games and had my point total rise and fall, before finally entering my third qualifier.

Qualified
Qualified

I earned my way into the series with Sona as you can see, and I decided to run with it. I used her for all of the games in this series.

Game 1:

game 1

Game 1 saw an amazing Jarvan IV in the jungle go deathless, and a top-notch Swain dominate mid; they both ganked bottom often allowing us to dominate our lane as well. Teemo countered Tryndamere in the top-lane, and team fights were over before they started. Great way to start out the series!

Game 2:

game 2

 

The second game I was knocked off of my high horse. After the dominating first game win I decided that I would stick with Sona in the bottom lane. Despite frequently ganking, Sejuani was unable to help anyone secure kills, including herself, and fell far behind early, but this was due in part to Jarvan IV feeding excessively in top lane. He bitched and moaned that everyone else was doing something wrong, and then completely abandoned his lane to roam and steal jungle camps. We held on as long as we could, but it was a wash.

Game 3:

game 3

Game 3 was the most interesting of the bunch, as Teemo counter picked against Shen in the top lane, and Shen was worried he would feed, but knew that he could hold off Varus and Volibear at least until we picked off the top turret. So Sivir and I swapped lanes and decimated Teemo (who also had help from Lee-Sin); quickly destroying the tower. We then swapped back to bottom lane and managed to destroy bottom tower as well. We had a push up the mid lane where we took out the inhibitor, but then had a mid-game slump where we couldn’t win a team fight, or people would get caught out. Finally, we had a good win and pushed to end it.

Game 4:

game 4

In the final game, our teams were fairly balanced, and the battle swayed back and forth. We eventually pulled ahead during team fights and pushed for the final victory, at which point I was presented with this message:

promotion

 

Despite having played that entire series with Sona, I did have success with other champions in my ranked journey. Here are some stats from my season:

  • overall record: 34/38
  • 47.2% win ratio
  • overall KDA: 2.5:1
  • best record/most games played: Sona (17/7)  3.7:1 KDA, 70% win ratio
  • best win percentage: Shen 80% (4/1), 4.2:1 KDA
  • 100% win rate: Corki (2) 6.3:1 KDA, Xin Zhao (2) 2.5:1 KDA
  • perfect games: Nami (5/8) 2.4:1 KDA, 0/0/11 and 0/0/7;  Shen 5/0/7
  • no wins: twitch (0/3), renekton (0/2), khazix (0/1), quinn (0/1), ziggs (0/1), ahri (0/1), caitlyn (0/1), lux (0/1), miss fortune (0/1), aatrox (0/1)

Surprisingly, champions that I have had success with in normal games or ARAMs are champs that I failed with in ranked, although we all know that teams can affect your wins and losses. In some of those winless instances I had good individual performance but couldn’t hold the team together.

And that’s my ranked story for this season. With season 4’s preseason kicking off soon, there will be new opportunities to get further along. I’m setting my goal now to reach at least Gold tier.