On Grinding Through Bronze Elo Rank

On Grinding Through Bronze Elo Rank

So, last year was pretty devastating to my original League of Legends account. The circumstances which arrived me to my placements matches were not by coincidence. All done in one night; fate served me with an awe-full Bronze 4 ranking. I had practically given up on grinding out that terrible dredge after experiencing a full blown league tilt. I literally saw only negativity when playing by observing myself and my team with zero motivation. Blaming an entire loss on others or taking the blame myself it didn’t seem to matter much. It wasn’t even fair to be playing the game with trolls or afk ratios that were a quarter of all my ranked games being trolled or afk. I felt a hopeless despair and began playing other games. I also lost interest in this blog for quite a while.

I did begin to pick up league again towards the end of the season and safely climbed to Bronze 1 with 99 points the moment the season had ended. Needing only 1 win to make silver at that. Of course I made Silver but alas the season has already begun again. Here I am reliving a similar situation although for my own sanity it seems it would slightly improve. Although, my placement matches alone were tragedy and I actually had two afk matches and two trolled matches. The foreboding sense of bad luck… I somehow ended up in Bronze 3. Showing that even with the efforts of countless hours I still get the shaft. Only just starting the season a few months ago I have finally made it to Bronze 2 series. What a joy.

This season I’m excited to be able to pick my roles. I am looking forward to climbing out of bronze once again and setting my sights on Gold 5 as my marker. I am banking on my champion pool for jungle and support. Alternatively, I have been maining Teemo top lane. I am having the worst luck with picking teemo bc I tend to get trolled by teammates who have lost morale or faith in my ability to perform by picking teemo. I have had a few bad games as well just entirely my fault for the enemy onslaught. It is nerve wrecking to experience but I try my best to just view it as a learning experience.

The rate at which I climbed from the over encumbered pits of elo hell was so very rapid, having only taken place in about 4 weeks(this is very short for me since I rarely got to play more than one game a day except on the weekends), that I  would like to write about and document the experience this season. Restraining from making negative posts I think I will be able to reach my before-mentioned goal of gold 5 ranking.

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My current standings.
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GBA Legend of Zelda: The Minish reCap

GBA Legend of Zelda: The Minish reCap

Being away from home allows me the opportunity to explore. To experience the splendor of adventure and spend my time saving the princess.. hold up. Why am I playing video games in my pursuit of adventure in the real world? Priorities! You have to save the princess. Its pretty basic. Damsel in Distress; the classic scenario. Some don’t see this as an opportunity such as that of a chore. You are bound by the laws of man. If you don’t save this Princess then you yourself will never reach true potential. The true potential of being a well renown bad-ass. Does it matter that your renown is confined to the medium of which is your gaming console?  Please, dont ask me. Cynically self absorbed into this culture of gaming I must not concern myself with these questions. For now we must move forward.

Currently emulating on my Android phone. Using John GBA Lite. I play a few other GBA titles as well but of course we are not talking about those today.. I get my ROMS from emuparadise and if you are new to emulating or just want to check out my work Retro Gaming Emulation: howto and whyto.

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Artist bellhenge

 

Ahhh, The Legend of Zelda. What a nostalgic title for me. You too? That makes three of us.. Numbers and words smh… heh. This specific title for GBA is simply put outstanding. Very fun to play with everything you love from the classic NES and GB title with loads more. The Minish Cap is very inviting and can easily be enjoyed by all ages. The puzzles and mastery of skills and items has left me wanting to hack and slash my way back through every deaths recap. Yes. I have died. Will continue to die and will continue to live on.

I will try not to spoil anything for those who have not had the pleasure of exploring this game yet. I would like to talk about some of the things I like about this title. The level design is flawless and very entertaining to embark into. I think the minish cap really banked on its ability to utilize the space provided to it maximum potential. It allows you to very early realize that there is more potential in the early levels than what you are allowed to partake in at present time. This gave me a meaningful purpose and an easy eye on the prize mentality.

minish capThe actual game design is beautiful. The colors are vibrant and well contrasted in particular events and scenes. The gameplay is smooth and controls are clearly executed to a high degree of perfection. Storytelling is very entertaining and well thought. Many secrets to uncover. Lack of in game secret checklist is nice. I enjoy finding them by suprise! The artwork is very nice. The game is a must play for anyone who enjoys retro style 2D sprites.

It can be rather annoying to switch weapons all the time. I wish there were a quick switch  with maybe two favorites to make the gameplay a bit more smooth. I also think there should be an earlier 2nd Wallet upgrade. Otherwise you just end up spending your hard earned rupees on lots of treasure containing pies and sweets. I enjoy the sidequests too much to allow them to sit idly by. You should also know that you will spend a considerable amount of time treasure hunting if you dont want to mow the lawn. rupes

Being a kid is hard work but you’re going to save this princess so saving up for that sweet boomerang is a definite must. Ive personally found multiple 200 Rupi in various hidden chests before even defeating the second boss. Adventure hard and spend quick. Catch some chickens= PAYDAY!Pies and sweets for days. Every blade of grass, tree, rock, pot, hole, chimney, shoe, etc. can be manipulated in some way shape or form to enhance the progression of the game.

All in all I believe Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap to be one of the best games for the GBA(Gameboy Advance) and strongly urge you to pick it up and try it out.

Hurricane Teemo

Hurricane Teemo

Runaans Hurricane is building a heavy following of die hard split pushers including our favorite champion Captain Teemo. With items like Zz’rot Portal seeing a lot of play time we are seeing a very high increase in the split push strategy. Champions with on hit effects benefit the most from Hurricane. Teemo is a very effective split pusher with his stable map control via mushrooms and invisibility to juke on coming ganks.

Hurricane Teemo is fun! Portal pushing with Hurricane is devastating if an objective is being pushed hard. I do enjoy getting first kill and for that ignite is always nice but having Teleport is going to be more valuable when the laning phase is over. Playing Teemo alone is a global taunt that invites enemies into your bubble. USE THIS! Never use mushrooms to push a lane the damage is good yes but the minefield is most effective in detecting oncoming ganks.

An acceptable way to deny enemy CS is to play aggressive and push them under tower. Before you do this you must consider the location of the enemy jungler and of course pay attention to the other lanes which will sometimes team up just to stop the onslaught you most certainly will inflict unchecked. To further bully an enemy that is under turret you can effectively place mushrooms into the caster minions and do your best to pop off a quick Q and AA that will tick them down a sizeable amount of health.

A lot of speculation arises when rushing Hurricane on any Champion as it allows your enemy to capitalize on damage and dueling power. This is definitely a factor to consider depending on your laning phase and how well your play is going. If you are falling behind it can help ramp up your ability to CS but beware of pushing too hard and getting ganked obviously you will want to try and allow the enemy to keep you pushed for the easy turret farm.

If you are being bullied but steadily keeping up in farm it can help you to deny CS as well by pushing them under turret where you can easily harass or CS until the turret is no more. I would say the most important part of the early laning phase is securing your safety in the top lane. I strongly suggest buying a pink ward for river or tri bush. Shrooming accordingly(see Teemo the Swift Scout: Top Lane Shroom Placement for help ) will help you secure kills, deny ganks, and basically apply unwanted pressure to the enemy team. They will be scared of what you may have cooked up and will use resources that they normally shouldnt just to ensure you are dealt with. EXPECT to be ganked and harassed nonstop.

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Its not hard to learn how to play Teemo. Their are many different ways to play him and he is definitely a viable champion in ranked. Inflict mass destruction by using a skin and remember yordle is master race.