3.66 vs 5 and a Penta

I’ve finally gotten my oldest to regularly play ARAM matches with me. He’s been playing League far longer than I and was the person who sucked me into playing League in July of last year. He is still my primary conduit of great League tips and info, reminding me as I am waiting to summon what an opponent champion’s moves are as well as instructing me on the best builds for whomever I happen to be playing. A total gold mine of great information.

However, he like myself is rather sensitive to ragers and has generally avoided PvP as a result. He used to play PvP Dominion matches with me on occasion, but typically we queue for bot matches.

As time has passed he has joined me for an ARAM match here and there. He has grown increasingly confident and for the last several days we have queued together in one or two ARAM matches a day.

Early this evening we had a great run. It started with a match where he rolled Maokai and I rolled Ahri and we had a blast, handily winning in about 20 minutes with never a moment of retreat and my oldest racking up far more kills than I did on Ahri (shame on me). The next match was one for the record books…

He rolled Varus and I rolled Morgana so we were both super stoked to play. We also had Zilean, Karthus and Amumu on our team. Sweet team comp! I was a tad bit worried when the player who rolled Karthus asked if anybody wanted him. He is so strong in ARAM…what gives? He likely just doesn’t play Karthus and the gameplay that ensued showed that to be true.

Fairly early in the game, after clearing the enemy team at least once, maybe twice, it was myself, my oldest and Zilean hugging our tower for dear life. Waiting, waiting…hey, where is everybody? We finally realized that Amumu had never left the platform and Karthus, after several suicide deaths and repetitive enemy feeds, was pouting or raging or something and was also at this point not joining us. For about 5 to 8 minutes the three of us managed to hold our tower, taking one or two of them at a time, making small pushes forward but of course never being able to make any solid push with us going 3 on 5.

Despite the huge imbalance in numbers, we were outleveling the other team and making stronger and stronger pushes, beginning to whittle down their first tower. It was exhilarating to watch a full team of 5 dance around just the 3 us, afraid to take us on because we were at this point so much stronger despite our small numbers. In one of the team skirmishes, both Zilean and I finally died and my oldest, playing Varus, swept through them and scored his second penta in two days (yes, I am insanely jealous).

Somewhere in this insanity Karthus decided to join us again. Although he tended to run pell mell into the fray, popping all his abilities and, after dishing out a significant amount of damage, simply dying, it was working for us. I saved my shields for my oldest and Zilean who were playing an amazing game, and we….were….winning! One tower down, then another, and then we were taking down their inhib.

But the numbers were finally catching up, particularly since we were all level 18 with our max builds and the enemy team was catching up in levels. Time was running short for us to finish them off. We made one last valiant push, with us now 4 on 5 (which, over the course of the game, roughly averaged to a 3.66 versus 5), but we failed to ace them. Instead, we were shut down and they quickly finished off our nexus.

To our credit, we held out for 33 minutes and well outscored them on kills and assists. We simply didn’t have the numbers or the luck to pull out the win.

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League Phone Skins

Just wanted to pass along that skinit has some great League of Legends skins for smartphones as well as for other devices such as desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. The champs they have include Jax, Miss Fortune, Teemo, Ashe, Morgana, Graves, Vi and Riven. You can view the artwork here.

I am waiting for my Ashe skin to arrive for my HTC 8X smartphone. Totally psyched! Have never purchased one of their device skins before so I can’t attest to their quality yet, but they have custom skins for specific device models so that they fit (in theory) the device perfectly. Will update later once the Ashe skin arrives to let you know how I like it and to share photos.

Cheers!

Quadra Kill Spree

Hopped into an ARAM match and was thrilled that I rolled Morgana. Luv it! The downer was that we lost. Playing against both Zyra and Heimerdinger made it really difficult to push with all the crap they were dropping in lane. But here’s the incredibly amazing part….I scored not just one but two, count ’em two, quadra kills! WOOOOOOT – I luv league XD.

Current Faves

Over the last month or so, I would put the following on my Current Faves list. There are many other champions I love playing, but I just haven’t as much of late.
•Morganna, Cassiopeia and Annie as AP casters
•Riven, Miss Fortune, Irelia, and Shyvana as AD
•Sona (and perhaps Taric) as support

F’in Gorgeous

Had bought the Exiled Morganna skin recently on sale but just got the chance to play with her. OMFG IT’S GORGEOUS IN GAME!! I am soooo, sooooo in love. I have the Blackthorn skin and luv it, too, but the in-game auras and the vivid red, wow. Seriously beautiful stuff. I bow deeply to the designers at Riot.

And it is definitely official. Morganna is my fave AP mage, with Cassiopeia a close second. The Dark Binding + Tormented Soil is just too fun.

Quick Game

Have about 30 minutes before having to pick up a kiddo from a friends. Hopping into a Classic Bots game with Morganna cuz the PvP Dominion queue was proving too long. And I can create an entire post in the time it is taking for all 5 of us to summon. Multi-tasking is a beautiful thing.