Thursday, January 31, 2013

Every wondered what 200 elo looked like?

Saintvicious' show us how, I quote an article from here
you might have heard the story about how a hacker got into the Riot servers and set Saintvicious' ELO down to 0 back in in the Summer of 2011, you might have been wondering like me what the games looked like there. Well apparently some redditors actually located two videos of him playing!

Videos of Saintvicious at Super Low ELO (Under 200)

I've never been this deep before...what's in here?!

If you've ever heard the story about how a hacker got into the Riot servers and set Saintvicious' ELO down to 0 back in in the Summer of 2011, you might have been wondering like me what the games looked like there. Well apparently some redditors actually located two videos of him playing!

10/22/2012 Edit: A lot of people were having trouble with the Own3d.TV player that SV used to record himself, so I took the liberty of converting the video/uploading it to YouTube. Enjoy!

 Jax -166 ELO Game Starts at 23:00
Twitch -172 ELO Game Starts at 5:30


This is some time ago obviously, but it is still funny to see how they play.
Cheers
// GrekMaR

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LoL community sites

So I have had some trouble of finding proper community sites, so I've been making some research checking out different community sites and here's the list of sites I came up with that can contribute with something to the LoL scene:

Guides:
lolpro.com
solomid.net
lolking.net
mobafire.com
leaguecraft.com
clgaming.net
lolguides.net

LoL Forum:
euw.leagueoflegends.com/board (in front could also be: NA or EUNE)
mobafire.com
forum.lol.garena.com
solomid.net/forums/
http://www.reignofgaming.net/
http://www.gamespot.com/league-of-legends/forum/
http://www.dominatedominion.com/forum/
http://www.rtsguru.com/game/435/League-of-Legends.html

Tier lists:
http://www.reignofgaming.net/tier-lists
http://www.nerfplz.com/2013/01/2013-hero-tier-list-solo-queue-thresh.html
http://www.dominatedominion.com/
http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=981782

Streams:
leagueoflegendsstreams.com
lolking.net
http://www.solomid.net/streams.php
http://www.rtsguru.com/game/435/League-of-Legends.html
Go to any streaming site and search for lol!

Tournaments:
www.solomid.net/
http://www.esl.eu/eu/lol/
http://leaguepedia.com/wiki/Major_Tournaments
http://tournaments.leagueoflegends.com/
http://www.z33k.com/games/league-of-legends
http://www.fraggednation.com/pc/league-of-legends

News:
http://www.rtsguru.com/game/435/League-of-Legends.html
solomid.net
http://www.newsoflegends.com/
http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/news (again NA or EUNE in front)
http://www.reignofgaming.net/tag/league-of-legends
http://kotaku.com/league-of-legends/

If you have any sites I've missed let me know :)
- Hope this helps the community to grow (at least a little)

Cheers
// GrekMaR




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Things I think could improve League of Legends

Personally I enjoy League of Legends, I think of it as a game where I can relax and at the same time be serious, challenge myself and become better as I learn, which if you read the article about "Why we play League of Legends", should be able to relate to.

Even though this is the case, I still think there are some major things that can be done, in order to improve the game even further, League of Legends has a natural competitive thing around it, so has MOBA games, the community in LoL is unfortunately not that great, comparing it with Starcraft 2, people flame more, community sites such as teamliquid.com has its closest competitor with solomid.net, and still there alot is missing, we have some guide there, forums but we need a tournament page, a newsfeed as big as on teamliquid might not be needed, but it would be great!
With that said, I still enjoy the community sites, and I do find them rather helpful.

I would also like to see some kind of ingame replay system, I have used lol replay client to record and view replays, but I think we lack the option of being able to watch pro players battle it out in summoners rift, without having to look for VOD's from event that has been streamed,
As you may know, I played alot of Starcraft 2, and the replay system there made me a better player, I was playing in Diamond league, which was the best league at the time I was playing, I know that there are different factors that makes you good in Leauge of Legends than in Starcraft 2, but the community could still benefit very much from an ingame system, you can see a good article that points what we should do to improve at lol here: link

Also ranked game modes for dominion or 1vs1 proving grounds could be a good thing to implement in order to attract other players that might not have a team, involving different teamplay, Even though that might require having to check if the ban system for the gamemodes have to be revised, for example the dominate dominion tournament bans 10 champions in total, whereas someting similarily has to be considered for proving grounds.

I can't wait to see the new ladder system, which is great, like in Starcraft 2 it gives smaller milestones and wakes up the competitive part of us.

For the community pages, maybe it could combine already established sites such as mobafire, solomid, championselect.net and such into one side, sponsoered by riot, having a tournament pag, making people able to see all online tournaments that we could participate in, update them ect.

A person one suggested another gamemode, with proving grounds having the potential of giving some new energy into gamemodes with nonestop action, maybe instead we could have some co-op vs minions survival game kind of style, inspiration could be drawn from Dawn of War 2 arena, making people co-op more and not flame so much, possibly that is.

Revise the ban system, the ban system seems to has been degraded, some pro players don't trust is, while this is also true for some players, others like it and thinks it gives some kind of protection from people who just flame, leave the game or go afk, but maybe something could be improved to restore peoples faith in the ban system.

TL:DR
five things I could see improve the game
1: Ingame replay system
2. Riot sponsored community page, combination of solomid, mobafire, championselect ect.
3. Ranked for dominion or 1v1 proving grounds
4. Another game mode: Arena co-op style taken from Dawn of War 2
5. Revise ban system to restore peoples faith in the system

So what do you think could improve League of Legends?
Cheers
// GrekMaR

Monday, January 28, 2013

Dominion Tier list

So I stumpled upon this tier list on Reign of gaming, it is based on the patch that were up at 16. December, which had some not so balanced items, imo, You can read the whole post here:
link

Here are, what the author, Elalya thinks the dominion tier should be:
Top Picks / Bans - Teemo, Kassadin, Kha’zix, Jayce, Lulu, Pantheon, Wukong, Ezreal, Amumu, Poppy, Jax, Rumble, Darius, Xin Zhao, Nunu, Malzahar
Frequently Picked / Sometimes Banned - Maokai, Brand, Riven, Lee Sin, Jarvan IV, Singed,  Blitzcrank, Olaf, Swain, Garen, Diana, Annie, Ahri, Zyra Malphite, Renekton, Rammus, Sona, Talon,  Nidalee, Alistar, Yorick, Kayle, Janna, Urgot, Evelynn, Katarina, Elise, Miss Fortune, Rengar, Nocturne, Fiora, Morgana, Syndra, Hecarim, Mundo, Ryze, Fizz, Taric, Trundle, Ziggs
Sometimes Picked / Rarely Banned - Vayne, Le Blanc, Fiddlesticks, Karma, Leona, Orianna, Corki, Warwick, Nami, Kog’Maw, Cassiopeia, Lux, Twisted Fate, Vladimir, Varus, Gragas, Mordekaiser, Sivir, Shaco, Twitch Udyr, Akali, Skarner, Irelia, Gangplank, Caitlyn, Cho’Gath, Graves, Galio, Nautilus, Tristana, Shen, Master Yi, Soraka, Ashe, Anivia, Heimerdinger, Udyr, Shyvana, Karthus
Never Played - Tryndamere, Nasus, Volibear, Kennen, Xerath, Zilean, Draven, Sion, Veigar, Viktor, Sejuani
At the top tier we see alot of mobility (kassadin, Kha'zix, panth, ezreal), utility (lulu, nunu), snowball ad (Xin Zhao, Jayce, Pantheon, Wukong, Darius, Jax), AP (Malzahar. Nunu, Rumble, Teemo)
Also these champions in my opinion has either alot of mobility or some crowd control, we see malzahar being a strong pick at bot, so is poppy due to her ultimate giving her nice ability to stall at a turret for some time even vs. 3 enemies, which is important, making your team able to cap the top point maybe.

Picks I might consider putting higher:
Signed high mobility, can stall alot at a point, very tanky, can steamroll AP chars with low hp, great pick at bot, can help lanes and still defend bot if the enemy is not aware that he left the bot.
Vayne dispite being a carry and being quite squishy, I could see her do well due to her knockback and ultimate that makes her invisible while rolling, She could also steamroll quite badly if feed enough, being the only carry with some kind of "leap" and a knockback, I could see her work quite well with a nunu, like in normal games.
Kayle build hybrid AP/AD and fed could make her do alot of damage, she has decent mobility, a slow and a great ultimate for holding of people if they try to dive you, she can carry a game hard
Nidalee great harras with her spear, her mobility is insane, it takes a kassadin or another champion with that mobility to catch up with her, she can also be build AD and hurt badly.
Elise Great mobility, she can also carry a game, she hurt so much lategame when fed just a little bit, her ultimate can stall just enough til your team comes and help and it is awesome to pick off those enemies that just always get away with 100 hp.

Do you agree or not and why?

Or do you have any thoughts that could be relevant to look at?

Cheers
// GrekMaR

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rune pages for beginners !

I found a great PNG-picture that is sort of a flowchart telling you which runes you should buy and use, depending on the role you play, Enjoy :)

It gives a good overview, but remember there is more too runes than this, depending on champion MU, gamemode ect.! Use guides if you need to :)
// GrekMaR