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In this blog I will map out my progression in ranked 5s as a player and as a shot caller from Gold 5s and up as well as tournament games. Thanks for reading!

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Practice #2 9Line eSports Bravo

Practice #2 on the Ranked 5s team 9Line eSports Bravo, June 2nd 2015.  
Practice Start: Gold V 30 lp  
Game 1: Practice makes you bad  
Result: Defeat  
Coming into this night I was optimistic. We were coming off a great first night of practice and I was excited to get into night two to see if our success would continue. Our first game was a rough one but it was rather close until one pivotal fight around the 20 minute mark. Starting with champion select we put together a team that could deal with the kite and peel they were looking to put together. They first picked Ekko after our Hecriam which lead us to believe they were either looking to burst or kite so we decided to counter that with an Annie pick. We finished out the comp with a hypercarry and Thresh to provide peel and lockdown. It's not the best looking team on paper verses theirs but it has its strengths and we were going to try to play to our win conditions of locking down Vayne and Ekko and bursting them out of fights.   Getting into the game we decided that we had a stronger level 1 than them so we decided to invade through bot. We managed to pick off Ekko who was getting vision down and got an early lead on our Hecariam. Moving into laning phase we struggled to keep up with the poke that Vayne and Nautilus were dealing. We gave up two easy kills to Vayne while at the same time giving 2 kills to their jungle in a 2v2 on top. This swung the momentum in their favor. We managed to stall out the next 6 minutes grabbing 3 kills to their 1. At this point they managed to vision on dragon and we were unable to safely contest so we conceded it. They then proceeded to sweep our 3 outer turrets in a series of skirmishes that went either 1 for 1 or 2 for 1 in their favor. We managed to grab a tower back in the midst of it but they established a 3k gold lead by the 18 minute mark as the 2nd dragon was becoming a target. We managed to secure the 2nd dragon of the game while picking up 2 quick 2 for 1's. We rolled this momentum into two more towers and evened out the gold difference.   At this point I was calling for a group mid to push onto their T2 mid. We got our side waves pushing in our favor and grouped mid. I saw an opportunity and called for an engage which we got and we nuked their Ekko fairly quickly. Unfortunately they managed to keep their Vayne alive who tore us to shreds. The fight ended up 4 for 1 in their favor. They then turned and got baron, with which they secured 4 towers, 2nd dragon, and an inhibitor as well as securing more kills along the way. This swung the gold from about even to a 7k deficit. The game was lost at this point and they slow played it until they pressured down our nexus.  
Game 2: vs The Hearts of Gold  
Result: Victory  
Moving into our second game, our mid player had to go help his significant other as she is dealing with a loss in the family. We put in a sub that has worked with us before, First Time TF. In this champion select we were looking to work around his play on Azir or Twisted Fate, two of his best champions, so I decided to make a protect the carry comp. We started by picking up Nunu to provide a slow field for our carries to kite over as well as providing the blood boil buff to either Kalista or Azir to shred their team. We then rounded off the comp with 2 hard peel champions in Janna and Gnar to keep our carries safely in the back with little to no pressure on them.   Getting into game we decided that we didn't have that strong of a level one so we set up vision instead and played safe. Getting into lane it was a rather slow game to start off with. First blood didn't come until the 6th minute when we got dragon with Nunu and then moved into bot lane for a gank. Lanes continued to go even until the 12th minute mark when we set up the second dragon. We were able to grab it quickly and then turn on the converging enemy team. We caught them in their lower jungle and set up or comp perfectly. As they tried to engage on us with Sion and Wukong we put up Azir ult to knock them away. Once they had blown Sion ult and Wukong ult the only CC they had was Malzahar ult which we were able to cancel rather quickly with the CC we had. We swept them 5 for 1 getting 3 kills on to our Azir. After this fight we used our 6k gold advantage to pressure down 2 turrets and secure another dragon. At this point the enemy team either gave up or were trying to stall hardcore and put Vayne in a solo lane. She managed to push down both our bot towers at the expense of their middle inhibitor and multiple kills. We then picked up Baron and quickly ended the game after.  
Game 3: vs The Origin  
Result: Vicotry  
Going into champion select this game we were looking to set up a similar comp to the one we ran last game. We wanted to put our AD on a hyper carry and build a team that could snowball that advantage. We picked up Sejuani and Janna after their first pick Thresh. We then rounded out the team with Vayne as our hypercarry, Gnar as a hard CC peel champ, and Twisted Fate to help snowball Vayne early with level 6 teleport ganks. The win conditions were similar to the last game, keep their damage off of our Vayne and let her carry mid and late game teamfights.   In game we played our level one differently and set up deep vision. They managed to secure first blood on top after a misplay by our top laner caused him to take tower shots. Across the map in bot lane they had also applied immense pressure in the bot lane and, with a gank from Volibear, managed to secure 2 kills bot while giving one back to the counter gank from Sejuani. Gnar is also able to pick up a solo kill in the top lane rounding out the kills. At around the 6 minute mark a 4v4 happens in the bot lane when Volibear ganks again. We manage to send both Gnar and Twisted Fate bot with their teleports and go 2 for 0 in the fight putting both kills on to our Vayne. We then turn and secure dragon. The game settles down for a while after this. Ahri manages to push down mid early and continues to apply hard pressure on Twisted Fate forcing him to stay in lane or be punished by losing a lot of cs. At around the 14 minute mark the enemy team sets up a tower dive on bot tower allowing them to secure kills, tower, and dragon. We were forced to trade that for top T1 and damage on T2.   Over the next 10 minutes we manage to win multiple skirmishes across the map putting kills on our Vayne and allowing her to hit her late game spikes. We manage to secure 3 towers and second dragon. At around the 24 minute mark we have absent vision on the enemy team and on baron so I call for a rotate to ensure that they aren't doing a desperation Baron. While rotating they pick me off in a bush and move over to baron. Unfortunately for them, we are too far a head (6k gold at this point) and manage to get in to the pit with baron still around 2k HP. We secure the Baron and clean up 3 kills. We had 2 huge waves on bot and top to work with as well as a baron buff, however we miscommunicate and dive too early on top. This allowed for Ahri to kill our Twisted Fate and stall long enough for death timers to come up. We still manage to secure the top and bot inhibitor towers, however this misplay forces the game to go on 5 to 10 minutes longer than it should have. At this point we retreat and secure 3rd dragon. We then slow play and secure the 2 open inhibs, dive them under their mid inhibitor tower, acing them and ending the game.   Here is a video of the replay, unfortunately the data gets cut off at the 27 minute mark, however you only miss us setting up the tripple inhib play and the last team fight to end the game. I hope you are still able to see how we set up our lead from this video.  
    Night Results: 2-1   Practice End: Gold V 75 lp   Again I would say that this was another successful practice. It was unfortunate that our Mid had to step out half way through practice but it happens and I am thankful that First Time TF was able to step in at such short notice to allow us to finish out practice. I am looking forward to our next practice on Thursday!   Till then, thanks for reading and I will see you all next time!




Practice #1 9Line eSports Bravo

Practice #1 on the Ranked 5s team 9Line eSports Bravo, June 1st 2015.   Practice Start: Gold V 0 lp   Game 1: vs Royal Negus Gaming   Result: Victory     Commentary:   Coming into this game I was a little unsure on how we would perform. It was our first practice with this new roster and we hadn't had much time to work together as 5 and work out the kinks in our communication. We picked up Canz as our new jungler and Duty will be subbing for ADC over the next two weeks and the tournament on June 14th. As a support working with a new ADC can be interesting since the nuances in lane that you have grown accustomed to are no longer there. However once the game started we gelled pretty well and were able to pull out a through stomp.   Starting with our comp, we were looking to put together a team that could peel for Kalista. This is why we picked up Cho'gath, Gnar, and Nautilus. We were able to sit back on our carry while she put stacks up on their champions. Picking up Rengar ensured that we had adequate damage as well as gave us a tool to nuke one of their carries at the beginning of fights. It also allowed us to abuse Evelynn in her jungle and gave our Rengar an early lead.   In game it started out rather even up until the 10 minute mark. We traded even kills how ever our kills went onto Kalista and Rengar while theres went on to Sion and Zyra mainly. This showed at the first dragon fight, which occurred at the 10 minute mark where we secured dragon and traded 1 for 1 again (Kalista killing Lucain and Zyra killing Kalista). Once we established a gold lead on our carries we swept the outer turrets on top and mid and pushed down mid T2 by 14 minutes. At this point we had a 6 k gold lead and we were able to pressure out the rest of the game until the surrendered at 26 minutes.   Game 2: vs MrChewsAsianBeavers   Result: Defeat     Commentary:   Our second game of the night was much tougher and was a pretty even match up until 35 minutes or so. Looking at our team we switched out our style and went for a hard engage comp. We were looking to layer CC with Vi, Lissandra, and Gnar while providing Lulu ult to the target they focused first. We picked up Jinx because she is a long ranged marksman that has strong AOE damage and can fast push when provided the opportunity to do so.   Going into game we we started out strong with kills in the mid and bot lane. We were able to abuse our high CC comp to lock down their champs. However we gave up ground after the first few minutes and let them establish themselves in the mid game. They were able to pick up a tower, dragon and a 4 kill advantage by the 10th minute resulting in a 2k gold deficit. From this point we knew we had to fight around our ults and planned to fight around the next dragon. Our slow play and their uncoordinated calls allowed us to pressure down two towers, top and mid, and set up vision for the 16 minute dragon fight. With all of our ults up we managed to initiate a huge fight that gave us 5 kills, dragon, and bot tower for 2 deaths. This swung the gold from 1 k down to 3 k up.   At this point I failed as the shot caller and was unable to pressure down any building for the next 15 minutes. We were able to find skirmishes but we played into their win conditions with a double ad comp. I failed to direct the team to push down the lanes and we stalled out. The only objective that we could control was dragon. The decisive fight happened at 34 minutes where they managed to establish vision control over dragon and were looking to nuke it down before we could converge. I saw this and called for baron, looking to trade their 2nd dragon for baron on our team giving us the tool to push down towers. However I underestimated their neutral objective damage with the double ad comp and they finished dragon in seconds and convered on Baron. They managed to get their with baron at around 3k hp and engaged on us allowing Nunu to get in range to Smite Consume Baron. They secured baron, killed 3 (Gnar, Jinx, and Lissandra) and pushed down an inhib. After that they had too much of a lead and they pushed bot while supers pushed on to our nexus turrets from top. Once the supers were in place they dove turret and wiped us then ended the game.   Game 3: vs Pentatek   Result: Victory     Commentary:   Here we continued to use a variation of the hard engage comp using what I like to call the submarine engage. The idea behind it is to have Rengar ult, put the Orianna ball on him and have him jump in and then blow everything. We picked up Cho'gath to provide a tank line from their poke as well as providing sustain in lane verses the Yorick. The Janna and Ezreal picks were to provide high mobility and peel verses their all in lane as well as in team fights verses their high volume of skill shots.   Going into game we called for an invade as our level one provided much more burst and cc then their level one. We invaded through tri-brush and picked off Leona right away. We pushed into their red and secured vision control. As lanes started we called for a hard push to allow our Rengar to rush to their red after Gromp and pick off Fizz. They tried to rotate their bot lane to help but since our lanes were pushed we pinched with Orianna, Ezreal, and Janna and secured 2 more kills. At this point it was 4-0 in kills and we had a 2k gold advantage. Our Ezreal had a 6 minute BF Sword which allowed for us to poke bot lane down super hard and effectively make them useless all game. We used this advantage to pressure down turrets securing their T2 bot at 12 minutes. They were unable to ever use their comp correctly as we were too far ahead and they surrendered at 25 minutes.   Game 4: vs kevin vu is my boo   Result: Defeat     Commentary:   This game was a disaster. This was probably my worst game of 5s play in a year or so. The whole game was flawed from picks/bans to shot calling and mechanical play. Lets start with champion select. I started out wanting to go the same comp as we did the last game, so I first picked Cho'gath. However in their first 2 picks they secured the Orianna pick, taking away that avenue of play. Now instead of falling back into the more traditional engage comps (Lissandra, Vi, Sej, etc.) I decided to try and build a Yasuo comp. Looking back on this champion select we were doomed to fail as our initiates relied on either a hook, a rupture, or a flash Nautilus ult. That's pretty much it. So we had 3 ways to set up a fight in a comp that relied on team fighting, which allowed for the enemy team to counter that play with a heavy disengage comp. All they had to do to win was bait out my hook and then they were relatively safe to engage.   Getting into game we saw these flaws rather quickly. The one positive note was that we caught out Orianna trying to early ward and got first blood. From here it was down hill. In lane they went even and once we started to fight over objectives, they destroyed us. Their positioning was excellent which forced me to put my self in danger to try and land CC on their carries. I had one shot to land it each fight before I was chunked out and if I missed, I would be at half hp for nothing. They did this over and over to the point where they had a 8k gold, 4 tower, and 2 dragon advantage at 14 minutes. At this point we kinda just gave up, accepted our loss, and worked on our communication in attempting to engage (calling out targets, timers, etc.). They finally pushed down our Nexus at 28 minutes with a 20k gold advantage.   Night Results: 2-2   Practice End: Gold V 30 lp   Overall it was a rather successful night of practice. With 2 new players, going 2-2 in our first night isn't bad and I feel confident moving on into future practices and tournaments.   Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts!



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