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7/30/14

The Grind

The Problem

A few days ago, I was playing ranked and I got back into Gold 1. I realized that I wasn't excited or particularly happy, in fact, I realized I didn't care at all. I just wanted to keep moving forward. Today I've decided on how I'm going to do that, and that's why I'm writing this blog post. I think one of the biggest problems I have in this game is that fact that I have no consistency in my champion pool. I play whoever I want whenever I want. The result of that has gotten me right back where I ended last season, only 243 games later. I haven't played a single champion 20 or more times in ranked. My most played is Thresh with 16 games and I've played 80 different champions. Whenever I ask people who I should play or who they think fits me the answer I typically get is to play who I enjoy. The problem with that is that I enjoy almost every champion, which leads me right back to where I was.

The Proposed Solution

My solution to my problem is to choose two champions that I enjoy more than the rest for every role. These aren't necessarily "meta" champions, though in some cases they might be. These will be the champions I focus on exclusively, and it will be how I get out of the rut I've trapped myself in. If doing this doesn't help me climb at all then I'm where I should be and probably won't be getting any better, but if I believe that then I really have no reason to play this game anymore. I'm doing this because I want to get better and climb higher. 

The Chosen Ones

AD Carry

Corki - Corki has always been one of my favorite AD carries, I played him a lot in Seasons 2 and 3, and am starting to pick him up again this season. I have almost all of his skins and I just love the way his kit works and how the champion functions. He's funny, fun, and hits like a truck with his varied damage types.

Varus - I've enjoyed Varus since his release, and he's my most successful ADC in ranked currently (3-1). I just love the way his Q functions, and I like the archery motif. Varus is one of the champions that just clicks for me.

Support

Thresh - Thresh is probably still the best support champion in the game. He's a fun and versatile champion who can make big plays and help carry in solo queue. He also looks awesome.

Zyra - I love Zyra support. You can vary her build path so much. You can go damage, you can go peelbot, you can go utility. She's a ton of fun and can solo carry games, even from bottom lane.

Jungle

Pantheon - I've just started playing Pantheon in the jungle again and I'm having a blast. That's about all there is to this one, that's my only reason. Too much fun.

Amumu - He was my first jungler ever, and is still one of my favorites. I've bought every one of his skins and love him to death.

Top

Rumble - He's an incredibly powerful bundle of fun. He does a ton of damage and is a really good teamfight champion, not to mention he's in an awesome robot suit.

Nidalee - I'm not positive about keeping her on here but I've been enjoying playing her since they changed her and I've been having moderate success. She's fun, but not necessarily permanent.

Mid

Heimerdinger - I've been having a blast with Heimer lately, in the top lane and in the mid lane, so I had to put him on the list.

Fizz - Too much fun to not play.

Other

Kha'Zix - I love this champion and still play him top/mid/jungle, so he get's the 11th spot on this 10 champion list. Yep.

This is the link to the google doc I'm using to keep track of these guys:
Champions Document

In Conclusion...

I really hope this works. I don't think I'll stay in Gold 1 and I want to prove that I can be better than this. If I can't I'll probably stop playing. Thanks for reading!