side note - riot just put on COMPENSATION MODE while they investigate an issue. Trouble in paradise again... update - ranked now disabled 4:35 pm est
hmm... I guess I'll start posting a little bit more of my thought process re: league and what I'm playing as, etc. Currently, I'm enjoying trying to group more as 5 (but still loving ranked).
It seems as if reddit has a huge impact on what champs I start to get interested in lately. I saw a vid a few days ago of voyboy escaping as elise. It was a good escape, no doubt, but what caught my eye was her damage combo - which sadly, I have not seen before or paid much attention to. For those interested, its starting in human form, using your snare, immediately casting your q and your stupid little spider bomb thing, then immediately changing into spider form, closing the gap with your q, then using her big descend move to close the gap if they try to get away, etc. What I just described will typically drop folks to less than 50% hp even at early levels. probably down to less than 40% hp. Anyway, I started to try it out vs bots to get the feel for it, and was hitting it just fine. Sadly, when we got around to grouping and playing normals, game 1 we were against a retarded all ad champ team, which we destroyed, but didn't allow me to gain any real experience in top lane w her as it was an abnormal matchup. The only experience I gained was when I was able to duel against their vayne. That's about it. The next game I was up against a chogath (who is apparently a good counter to elise, or so I'm told) and I was able to bully the crap out of him. Probably just a bad player considering my tremendous experience w elise. Anyway, I'll probably give her a go more in the future.
Then I saw this today: http://solomid.net/guides.php?g=10768
So now I'm thinking about trying fid in the jungle again. That said, its all from reddit, so there are pretty good odds you'll see more fids for a few days as a result. Pretty sure I'll be quite subpar with him, but looking forward to trying it out once in a real game. It's basically glass cannon fid with an early rush for zhonya's to maximize your ult/keep you alive if alot of cc).
Other thoughts - I've suggested that karl try a few other jungle champs that have higher win rates than champs like chog (side note - I really dislike chog as a jungler - he's slow, can't close gaps, and requires a skill shot or flash to gank successfully. Compared to other champs like vi with a gap closer that is really easy to hit, an ult that suppresses a single target for sure and knocks up anyone in your path. Just my opinion, but I'd always prefer one of the stronger junglers with more kill potential). Here's a copy paste of the stats I posted the other day (i added in ww and udyr):
current top junglers (stats just for the last 7 days)
hec - 54.41% win rate
amumu - 54.23% win rate (obv banned a ton)
xin - 53.44% win rate
j4 - 52.07% win rate (about 52% for the past 30 days)
ww - 51-52% win rate - picked about 4.8-5.1% of all games)
vi - 49.62% win rate (side note - since 3/1 patch
chog - 47.59% win rate
udyr - 45-46% win rate - picked about 2.75% of all games
Anyway, here's my current theory. Based on stats, if hecarim has the highest win rate and isn't banned a heck of a lot, I'd say hecarim would be a good pick to try to jungle with. Now, I'm not taking into account team composition. Just talking about the basic premise of champ with highest win rate is a reasonable starting point than say jungle karma. Now, we see a trend that the strongest junglers are currently those with gap closers and cc. My 1st thought is that its best to play with a jungler that has a gap closer + cc. My take as a so so smeh jungler is that I want to have a working knowledge of how to play those champs as a jungler in case I need to play as them. So, let's say I only play udyr well and win quite a bit with him - I'd still want to get good with the higher win rate junglers as I'd think that would also increase my odds of winning. I think those top win % junglers are there because of their kits and junglers like udyr and chog are where they are for the same reason. See any flaws in how I'm thinking outside of a team composition one?