Star Guardian Lux – New unreleased skin preview on LoL PBE


I don’t even know why I still play League of Legends … it’s almost as if I’m a masochist who enjoys being tortured by constant ping spikes and packet loss.


If you’re actually interested in seeing the skin in action, I played a game on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment with Star Guardian Lux.

The game was constantly buggy, like usual, and I had awful ping spikes and packet loss throughout the entire game.

There was even an instance in the game where I got off my full combo on the enemy marksman, and the explosion animation on my ultimate went off, and I definitely reactivated my Lucent Singularity, but he only took damage from my Light Binding.

If you don’t like watching people who are annoyed, then I highly discourage you from leaving your sound on while watching this video, because I complain a lot throughout pretty much the entire stream.

As I said in a previous blog post from a few days ago, I love League of Legends as an eSport. I still love casting games, and I still love thinking about the game and learning about new strategies and theories. But, when it comes to playing it, things just haven’t ever been going right lately.

At least I’m having fun playing Heroes of the Storm, I guess…



Every time I play League of Legends, I get reminded why I hate playing it

I’ve had a lot of problems playing League of Legends. I’ve completely stopped playing it for months at a time, and when I do end up returning, I do it very reluctantly.

I absolutely love watching it – I think it’s a great spectator sport, and love keeping up with the professional scene. I watch a lot of the games, and interact with the eSports aspect of it quite a bit.

Unfortunately, actually playing the game is a completely different story.

Out of all the games I’ve played, League of Legends has literally the trashiest community. Notice how I said “the trashiest,” and not “one of the trashiest,” because I literally do not know of any group of people who are as bad as the group that make up League of Legends players.

(Note: I do not play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or any first-person shooters, but still, I included them in my judgment. Sure, you might have little boys screaming and swearing at you through their headsets, but they’re just that – little boys. They’re children who are growing up and having an identity crisis, and not necessarily bad people.)

I have quite a few friends who successfully and profitably produce content related to League of Legends. I help them out a bit in particular areas, and it inspires and motivates me to start doing that kind of work independently rather than just being an assistant.

But, if I’m going to make my own content, I obviously need original footage to use, which means I need to play the game. (Yes, I realize that I can cast other people’s games, and I already do that, but the best way to raise your popularity is to use your own content and build yourself up as a personality.)

I decided I was going to try and turn “Heighlights” into a series. I was somewhat satisfied with how the first episode came out, and I had some aspirations for what I would do for future episodes.

On this mission, I played some more Heimerdinger games, when this happened:

If you’re not familiar with League of Legends’ advanced play, you might have some difficulty figuring out what’s going on.

In the current meta and state of the Summoner’s Rift map, a very easy way to get ahead in top lane is to do a jungle camp. There are two different ways you can do this – you can either take Teleport, kill the camp at level 1 and hit level 2 off of it, recall back to base, then Teleport back to top lane … or, you can be Heimerdinger, set up turrets, solo the camp, then walk to lane with Ignite instead of Teleport.

I was being Heimerdinger, obviously, so I was doing the second option.

Unfortunately, my pants-on-head retarded jungler by the name of “TopCarriesU” didn’t understand that.

Normally, I kill Gromp when I’m on the southwest side of the map, and the golems (or whatever their new names are now) when I’m on the northeast side of the map. My jungler generally has no problem with me doing this because he can very easily start on the opposite side of the map (where he will get the help of both his ADC and support), and because there are plenty of camps to go around at level 1.

But for some reason, my Kha’Zix had a problem with me getting ahead in lane.

Instead of just going to bottom lane and starting his golems, getting the help of his ADC and support, he instead decides to sit on the other side of the wall as I do Gromp. When it gets into Smite range, he takes it, reducing the amount of XP I get from it so I don’t hit level 2 off of it.

The worst part is that I didn’t even all-in on the Gromp, because I assumed that Kha’Zix would also be attacking the Gromp. I never realized someone could be so spiteful that they would sit on the other side of the wall to make sure they could screw over their “ally” to maximum efficiency.

(Note: All-inning a jungle camp means putting down all three available turrets before it spawns, then juggling aggro between yourself and the turrets just enough that by the time the camp dies, you re­gen­er­ate to full health and walk back to lane completely healthy at level 2.)

Needless to say, after this had happened, I instantly left the game.

I see no reason to play with someone who wants me to do badly.

This isn’t a rare occurrence either. I just happen to be using this example because I was streaming at the time and was able to take a screenshot to accompany my story.

And if you’re considering playing League of Legends, this is something you should take into consideration. Sure, anyone could “deal with it,” but the real question is, do you really want to?

I sure don’t.



“Heighlights,” a Heimerdinger-only montage



This is an edited montage I threw together yesterday with footage from games I played yesterday morning and early afternoon.

Normally my highlight videos are just single clips of funny moments, so this is the first time I’ve actually put something together with edits and background music.

I wanted to try something a bit more advanced than the bland gaming-related content I sometimes post, and I got inspired by SivHD (WQLFY on YouTube) to make something like this.

I’m not sure if I’m going to continue making montages like this, but regardless, I’ll read any feedback posted as comments. If you put detailed thought into the feedback you leave, I’ll try to respond, ad­dress­ing your suggestions.



Preview of Red Steel Blitzcrank and Forsaken Jayce on LoL PBE

I hopped on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment earlier today and played two games featuring two pieces of new content.


In the first game, I play Red Steel Blitzcrank in top lane against Rengar.

I somehow start out the game extremely well, and have a score of 6/0/7 at one point.

Unfortunately, I make a critical error in my item build, and for some inexplicable reason, I buy a very early Guardian Angel. That item obviously doesn’t do much good for me, and everything ends up going downhill from there.

(Spoiler: After my first death, I get zero more kills.)


The exact opposite thing happens in my game with Forsaken Jayce – I end up getting smashed by the enemy Teemo in lane.

But, of course, as we know, the worse I personally perform, the better my games tend to end…



UberDanger’s personal life is irrelevant to his reddit vote manipulation

One of the huge topics on reddit right now is the fact that UberDanger, along with a bunch of other You­Tube content creators, are applying malicious tactics to their reddit posts in order to increase their popu­lar­ity.

Supposedly, there is a massive group on Skype of League of Legends content creators on YouTube who post links to their reddit submissions and upvote each other in order to ensure everyone in the group reaches the front page and receives maximum visibility.

Just this is enough to get all associated content creators banned from reddit, as long as the reddit mod­er­ators and administrators are able to verify that it actually happened.

Unfortunately, the validity and severity of this is being diminished by people who are going for more – not just removing immoral content creators from reddit, but also trying to ruin their lives.

An example of this is UberDanger.

UberDanger posted a vlog on YouTube stating that he did, in fact, participate in these unethical practices on reddit in the past. This should be sufficient evidence to ban UberDanger’s content from reddit and move on, never seeing him again.

But people keep bringing up the fact that there is a rumor going around claiming he performed statutory rape on a fifteen-year-old girl in the United States when he visited Boston to attend PAX East.

The validity of the rumor is unproven, as the girl in question has not personally come forward claiming it happened (as far as I’m aware). Thus, there is absolutely no reason to bring a random rumor into a dis­cus­sion regarding a more serious topic about vote manipulation.

Those who keep mentioning the statutory rape accusations are only hurting their own case. It’s common for people to attack the individual if they feel as if their argument in the original debate is lacking.

The argument (UberDanger and his content should be banned from reddit) in the original debate (YouTube content creators, including UberDanger, are abusing reddit and breaking its terms of service) is not lacking.

So stop taking this too far, and keep UberDanger’s personal life out of it.

If he did in fact commit statutory rape, that’s a job for his local justice system, not a job for the “reddit detectives.”




Guardian of the Sands Xerath – Unreleased skin preview on LoL PBE


In this video, I show off Guardian of the Sands Xerath, a new skin only available on the public beta server – check it out if you want to see it before it’s released on the live servers.

This game also features the new skin Omega Squad Teemo as my laning opponent.

I end up doing poorly in lane, but contribute to my team after I choose to roam instead of continuing to die to Teemo’s ambushes.

The reason I ended up being more useful than Teemo, even though I lost my lane, is because our hard-engage team composition countered Teemo’s decision to split push the entire game.

So, when I grouped with my team and roamed around as five, there wasn’t anything the enemy team could do when we decided to fight 5v4, because they couldn’t escape our engage.

Teemo would end up getting some objectives off the fact that he was not in the fight, but unfortunately for him, we would trade the objectives right back after killing the rest of his team.

If he decided to instead come and help his team, he would be too late due to the fact that he had Ignite instead of Teleport, so he would end up just getting picked off when he showed up, because his team would already be losing the fight.

Although this isn’t exactly the best example of a great game, it provides you with a suggestion as to what you can do (other than giving up) if you end up underperforming early game.



Playing AP Tryndamere and armor-tank Hecarim on URF


One of my martial arts students (Blue Reapor in-game) invited me to play some Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) with him earlier today.

I remembered that AP Tryndamere was really strong last year, so I decided to try it out this year. This game was literally the first time I have ever played AP Tryndamere (although I do often play him as an AD carry on Twisted Treeline).

The game ended up going a lot better than I had anticipated, even though we were at a disadvantage in players due to our Blitzcrank disconnecting.

One very important thing that I did not realize during the game is that Void Staff is NOT a good item for AP Tryndamere. Even though his Spinning Slash scales off ability power, it still deals physical damage. Thus, you should be getting a Last Whisper for the armor penetration, and armor penetration runes instead of magic penetration.

At 42:40 in the stream VOD, I almost get a pentakill … until Blue Reapor accidentally steals it with his Shockwave.

The Hecarim game starts 55 minutes into the video, and that game also ends up going a lot better than I thought it would.



Casting SKT Faker playing new-meta Urgot mid against Master Yi


Watch gameplay of SK Telecom’s mid laner Faker (Lee Sang-Hyeok) play Urgot mid against Master Yi in a challenger-level ranked solo queue game on the League of Legends Korean server.

(Disclaimer: I am a play-by-play shoutcaster, not a color commentator or analyst. If you find my casting distracting, uninsightful, or too energetic, remember that you can mute the video while watching.)

I decided to cast this particular game because Urgot mid is a new strategy recently on the rise in pro­fessional League of Legends. It gained a lot of exposure when Urgot was picked as a counter to Zed against Team SoloMid. Check out the video to see how one of Korea’s best League of Legends players uses Urgot to carry his team.



Casting SKT Faker playing Viktor and Cho’Gath on League of Legends

I haven’t done any League of Legends casts of professional players for a while, so I decided to do two today of SKT Telecom T1’s mid laner Faker (Lee Sang-Hyeok), playing Viktor mid against Xerath and Cho’Gath top against Maokai.