League of Legends Joke of the Day – Bronze Elo

How many Bronze Elo players does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

League of Legends Bronze Elo

None, they can’t climb the ladder!

– The League Report Blog

Have a League of Legends joke of your own? Leave it in the comments!

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League of Legends Thoughts – URF Mode Top 10 Favorite Champions

Ultra Rapid Fire Mode, or URF Mode, is the most recent gametype on the League of Legends Live Client. As I’m sure many of you have played it I am not going to go into detail as to what it is, but I am going to mention a few of my favorite champions and list the the reasons why I like them so much. Once you have read this post I would like to ask you for your favorite champions in the League of Legends URF Mod.

My favorite champions in URF Mode:

1. Blitzcrank – Hook, E, R, Dead. Repeat. AP Blitzcrank is hilariously fun to play in this game mode, and his cooldowns are all very low. Hitting a hook on a squishy target is almost instant death for them.

2. Maokai – The burst, the chase potential, the damage, the sapling traps… This champion is way too fun to play in URF Mode. Maokai can chase down and stun opponents across Summoner’s Rift, while also throwing saplings (or presents if you’re awesome and use the Festive Maokai skin), and dealing tons of damage to enemies around him. Want to have some real fun? Sit in a bush that and stack saplings in it, then lure an opponent into the bush and watch them get deleted instantly.

3. Thresh – Essentially a 0 second Cooldown on your hook if you hit it. If that’s not fun I don’t know what is.

4. Elise / Jayce – Both of these champions are ridiculously fun to play because of their ability to switch forms. You have so many abilities that are off cooldown at any given moment that you confuse yourself more than anything. I had a blast switching between forms and face rolling my keyboard for games on end.

5. Ashe – W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W. Then some R’s. Then W W W W W W W W W W W W W. Then GG.

6. Soraka – Just… hilarious. Good luck killing her is all I can tell you.

7. Nunu – Baron and Dragon are no match for the Nunu. Have fun soloing the jungle and never needing to back for anything!

8. Riven – If you want to face roll some enemies, here’s your champion. You are given endless chase potential with a shield that has nearly a 0 second cooldown. It’s almost silly if you lose.

9. Ziggs – Bombs away!

10. Mundo – Such health, much cleavers.

These are my Top 10 Champions to play in URF (for fun, not to win). Please comment with your favorite champions to play for this League of Legends Thoughts – URF Mode post!

– Steve

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from The League Report!

Roses are green,

Violets are green,

League of Legends is going to lag all St. Patrick’s Day,

Because Riot is mean.

Enjoy the ISP lag, my Charter/Comcast/AT&T/Quest/CenturyLink/Potato using friends!

– A sad League of Legends player named Steve

Why I Main Thresh

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Thresh: The Soul reason to main support.

Thresh is the reason I call myself a support main.  This champion managed to turn what I thought to be the most boring role in League of Legends when I first started the game (Season 3) into my favorite role by far.  I remember when I first started playing League of Legends and getting stuck with support and playing Janna / Nami / Annie every single game.  I only played Annie because I thought it was fun and super cheesy, and this was before she actually took off as a top tier support.  Even in the Annie games I had played I felt like I was just sort of mashing buttons and standing in a bush, waiting for my next back to buy wards.  Nothing was very enjoyable down there in the bottom lane of Summoner’s Rift, and I felt like I was more of a spectator than someone actually playing on the team.

Then I picked up Thresh.  I remember how excited I was to play the champion because of how popular he was in the LCS, and I had never played him before.  His kit looked incredibly fun to play, and I come from an FPS (first person shooter) background in video games, so I absolutely love champions based on skills shots (I’m looking at you Ezreal).  Thresh’s hook is an incredibly fun mechanic to play with, and I love the constant threat that I give in lane with it.  This ability was very easy to learn and adjust to immediately, and I always smart cast all of my spells so I didn’t feel the need to practice it too much.  Thresh’s lantern is also an amazing ability, perhaps the greatest spell in the game that isn’t an ultimate.  This ability is a huge factor in lane, in teamfights, and just roaming around the map in general.  It can be used to create a gank, escape a gank, get a teammate into a good position, get a teammate out of a bad position, to give vision, and even to bluff and scare the enemy team thinking someone is going to take it.  This ability took me a small amount of time to get the range down, but I quickly learned it and it is very simple to use (if your teammate GRABS THE DAMN LANTERN).

Now onto the E… the Flay.  Oh. God.  My first few games with Thresh I was told to not smartcast his E.  I wish I had these games recorded, because they were absolutely hilarious I’m sure.  I would basically try to E, and do one of the following things:

1. Miss completely

2. Stop walking, stand still trying to figure out the direction I wanted the flay to go, and miss completely

3. Flay in the opposite direction, either saving someone’s life on the other team or costing someone’s life on mine

4. Did I mention MISS COMPLETELY?

After a few games I said YOLO, and decided to smart cast it.  This was the best decision I have made in my short League of Legends gaming career.  As soon as I started smart casting this spell, I understood the mechanics of it more and didn’t need to think about the range or the direction I was going.  It just made sense.  Put the cursor behind me parallel to where they are running = They will come back to me.  Put my cursor in front of me, or literally on the enemy, and they will go in front of me.  It was simple. It made sense.  I highly recommend you do this if you are learning Thresh, because a Flash+Flay is nearly impossible without it.

Thresh’s R is very simple to use, but it is also very simple to mess up.  The Box is his ultimate ability, and it goes off immediately upon hitting R.  Until his last nerf, the box literally went up immediately and slowed anyone who walked into the walls. This basically meant that upon landing a hook post level-6, you would follow the hook, hit R, then flay them into the back of the box.  This was almost an insta-gib in lane if you hit the ADC (or the squishy Sona/Nami support), and if you’re maxing E (you better be), your auto will take a huge chunk out of them as well. Match this combo with a Draven or any ADC with burst and you pretty much guaranteed a kill regardless of summoner spells on the enemy.  However, with the latest nerf, The Box takes a little bit of time to “be built”.  The walls need a moment to set up, and this can let the enemy escape before it even slows them or does any damage (which is a ton by the way).  I have found that I have had to change the combo up a bit here, and I will now flay them immediately upon hitting R if they don’t have flash.  If they do have flash, I will wait for them to flash, flay them immediately at the end of their animation, and then hit R.  If you let them flash AFTER you use your ult there is a good chance that they will dodge all walls and you will be left with a useless box in the middle of the lane.

All in all, Thresh is just fun to play.  Every game he makes an impact, and his utility is second to none.  He has an incredible kit for both supporting and carrying, and he can be built many different ways.  If you build a full CDR Thresh you can land a hook every 4 seconds. I do this nearly every game now because I find it to be the most fun and rewarding part of the game.  Everytime you land a hook, whether it be from 2 pixels away or max range in an unwarded part of the map, you get this satisfied feeling that just isn’t matched by many of the other champions on The Rift. If you haven’t tried out Thresh, or you don’t like the support role, I highly recommend you pick him up and play with him for a bit.

Final thoughts: Thresh top lane, Thresh ADC, and even Thresh jungle are all pretty fun to mess around with.  I prefer top Thresh out of all of these, and if your team comp allows it, build full Attack Damage and watch the enemies melt with one auto attack.

Have fun Flaying!

– Steve

My Thoughts on Team Builder

My first thought when I opened up the new lobby type on League of Legends called “Team Builder” was “damn… am I playing Warcraft 3 again?”.  The layout was very simple to understand, and it looked like it was made for a Battle.Net game which came out about ten years ago.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing… I actually really enjoyed the layout, and it made me feel like I was playing an online competitive video game again.  Staring at an outdated client while there is a countdown at the top of the screen has never stood out to me as something a competitive game would have, so this new lobby just made the game feel more intense before it even started.

Okay, okay, I talked about the lobby enough… right? Nope.  It’s a small part of the experience, but it really is a necessary part of any online game in my opinion.  Hell, even Halo 2 had an amazing pregame lobby on the Xbox and that game came out a couple thousand years ago. My favorite part about the lobby is the opportunity to chat with your teammates while you are waiting for a match to be found.  This is a great way to get to know your teammates and joke around a bit before the match, and I felt like it got rid of much of the toxicity which plagues the fields of justice.  In this lobby you can see the champions and roles that everyone is playing, and you can discuss strategies using your team composition.  On top of this, everyone got to play the role that they asked for, so there was no need to argue in the lobby over “pick order vs. call order”.  I felt a much friendlier atmosphere in the Team Builder lobby than the usual blind pick / draft pick lobbies.

Some issues with Team Builder that I ran into during the few games that I played are as follow:

1.  The roles aren’t properly labeled.  I had a “fighter” support, and it ended up being a Darius who actually wanted top lane.  The roles mix sometimes in the pregame lobby process of choosing them, and this can make for some odd team compositions.  I had a Malzahar ADC that same game.

League of Legends Team Builder Issues

Team Builder please…

2.  You cannot establish a solid team composition without booting players on your team and waiting for the right champion to show up.  It would be nice if you could call a role and maybe 3 champions in which you wanted to play so that you could choose based on your teammate’s champion choices.

3.  My final complaint isn’t really a complaint, but a suggestion.  This lobby was really fun and reduced the toxicity in every game I played ten-fold, and I would like to see it implemented in a non-blind pick format.  As I stated in problem #2, I think that you should be able to choose a few champions to go into the draft lobby with, and choose from those after a banning phase has gone through.  In a ranked lobby, I think that you should just need to call a role and not a champion.  This would allow for both the banning phase and the picking phase to occur.  Draft would still go in order like it currently does, but you would only be able to choose a champion to fill your respective role, and everyone would be happy because they would get the role they wanted.  For example, if I wanted to jungle Elise, I would go into ranked queue with “jungle” as my role, but not Elise.  The draft lobby would go through as normal, and if Elise was up when it was my turn to pick, I would pick her.

On a completely unrelated note, I am terrified of spiders but Elise is my favorite champion in the game.  Oh what a tangled web we weave…

All in all, I really enjoyed Team Builder and I hope that they find a way to implement it into the Live server forever very soon.  The toxicity levels dropped dramatically, and I actually felt like the people on my team were my teammates rather than crazy psychopaths sitting behind a computer screen waiting to stab the next person who stole their blue buff.  The game was fun… really, really fun.

TL;DR:  Team Builder = #Worth

– Steve

“Hitchhikers Guide to Bronze”

“Hitchhikers Guide to Bronze”
By Dragon Angel
Well hey there, champ! Looks like you finished up those provisional games and got placed in Bronze.
Tough break. Don’t fret though! I’m here to give you a quick rundown of what you might experience
during these trying times, and the necessary tools you’ll need to claw your way to the top! (of Bronze. To
get out of Bronze).
Now your special situation first is based off of tier. Here’s a general idea of the type of people you will
encounter the majority of the time you spend in these specific tiers.
●Bronze I: Mostly comprised of summoners who either
A.Are of above average skill on any given day and unfortunately caught the shaft during provisional
B.Are not nearly as good as they think they are
C.Assume they will only ever have to play one role (A.K.A. the only one they are good at)
D.Trolls
●Bronze II: This is about as middle of the bottom of the barrel as it gets. Filled to the brim with
summoners who
A.Just got freshly demoted decide it’s the worlds fault (Which is their justification for throwing your
last promo game, keeping you stuck in Bronze II)
B.Are well rounded in every role, but are also toxic jerks whose goal is to make sure you know that
they are good, and you are not
C.Trolls
●Bronze III: This is where things get scary. Many times you will encounter summoners who
A.Have average to below average skill but are doing their best to climb the ranks (not so scary)
B.Go into que pissed of and demand roles and champs every game
C.Make the most ridiculous bans based off of their previous game where they got killed 7 times by
a mao’kai
D.Trolls
●Bronze IV: Now this one is a little different. Half of the summoners reach a certain point where
they are tired of being low tier. So instead of being toxic jerks that think they’re better, they
actually start to practice and communicate well so they can get the hell out of Bronze. The other
half being delusional and/or trolls.
●Bronze V: … We’re not going to talk about Bronze V. You’re on your own pal. Good luck.
Now, there are many ways to handle each individual situation. You could be a toxic punk, be mean,
troll, and essentially ruin the game for everyone because you’re mad about your placement.
BUT
If you don’t want to go that route, here are 5 tips that could (not saying they will) help you climb the
hell-scorched ladder out of Bronze Tier
1.Don’t suck: Seriously. I’m not kidding. If you are not well versed in every role, don’t play ranked.
That’s the mistake I made and ended up getting placed low because I ended up playing a lot of
provisional in the 2 lanes I was at the time horrid at (Mid and Top .-.)
2.Remain calm: I know how difficult it can be to not explode when you’re the only one focusing the
fed Vayne while the rest of your team decides it’s a good idea to focus Shen and his straight tank
build. Which I’m sure we can all agree that decisions like that are REALLY STUPID *takes deep
breath* BUT *takes another* yelling at your team and acting like the best is not conducive to
winning games. If you start yelling and insulting people, it’s not going to make them play better or
want to cooperate with you. The way to handle things like that, is do your best to calmly explain
why certain plays need to be made/certain objectives need to be taken/certain champs need to
be focused. (Which you’ll have plenty of time for while waiting to respawn because the enemy
team just got their 3rd ace on you under 25 minutes.
3.Be the best YOU that YOU can be: At the end of the day, the only summoner whose play you can
control is your own. Sometimes you’re going to need to be good enough to carry 1 or 2
summoners worth of dead weight. But if you do your absolute best to be the best you that you
can be, not get tilted because of others poor decision making, and keep a level head, as long as
you have well rounded skills you will win more games
4.THE MUTE BUTTON IS YOUR ONLY TRUE FRIEND IN SOLO QUE:  Honest truth. Don’t stand for
nonsense, don’t fuel the fire, and don’t stoop to a moron’s level. If someone is trolling, or being
abusive, or just flat out annoying the crap out of you, just hit the damn mute button. It takes
literally 2 seconds, and you will be a better player for it.
And last but not least
5.Keep in mind that at the end of the day, League of Legends is a GAME. Games are meant to be
FUN. And if it’s not, stop playing. Not forever, just for the night. Or maybe a day or two, maybe a
week, even a month. Sometimes breaks are necessary if you ever want to get better. Playing with
a poor attitude constantly is only going to make things worse. So if you having more stress fits
than fun, step away for a bit, come back with a level head when you are ready, and go kick some
butt!
And that’s it. Do those 5 things, and there’s a good chance you can work your way up. ^_^

Champion and Skin Sale Breakdown: 2/14 – 2/17

Champions:

Lucian (487 RP) – Lucian is in a great place as an ADC (Marksmen) right now.  He can take advantage of Trinity Force, and he can kite well with his kit.  His ultimate is great for sieging / stopping a siege and also for finishing kills beyond auto attack range. We highly recommend that if you play ADC and want to add a new champion to your pool that you take advantage of this week’s sale and grab Lucian!

Leona (440 RP) – Leona is also in a great place in the current meta.  She is a tanky support champion with an insanely powerful engage if used correctly.  Leona can carry a lane and feed an ADC very quickly, but if she gets shut down early and her lane falls behind she can become somewhat useless without jungler help.  However, she offers utility throughout the game no matter how behind she is, so she will never be useless late game no matter what happens.  Leona can build pure support / tank and be a very productive member of the team.  We highly recommend picking up Leona this week if you are fond of tanky supports with strong initiation.

Katarina (395 RP) – Katarina has been picked a few times this NA LCS split.  Unfortunately, her success rate has been very low, and her performances have highlighted the biggest problem with Katarina: she can easily be shutdown in lane and put behind for the entire game.  However, if Katarina gets fed a few early kills she can dominate the game and snowball out of control.  Her ultimate, when used correctly and not interrupted, can completely turn a team fight into her favor.  She also thrives on kills, as she is a reset based champion, and she is a lot of fun to play due to her reset mechanic.  If you play mid lane, or even top lane, give Katarina a try!

Skins:

 

Debonair Jayce (487 RP) – Bring a little class to the Rift with Debonair Jayce.  Perfect for duoing with your Valentine this year!

Heartseeker Vayne (487 RP) – Slay your enemies with style and leave them a Valentine’s Day card to remember you by.  This is a fun skin and a perfect Valentine’s Day outfit for carrying that Bronze 5 boyfriend of yours to victory!

Jack of Hearts Twisted Fate (260 RP) – There isn’t much to say about this skin.  If you like the colors, go for it.  If you don’t like the colors, don’t buy it.  If you’re not sure… Pick a card to decide.  10 or higher and you buy it!

Happy Valentine’s Day Skin Sale everyone, and save some money for chocolate (whether it be for your significant other or yourself!)

 

– Steve