So, this happened.

It’s been a week since I last updated this about my progress in ranked games. It took me a week to play five more ranked games... and it’s kind of interesting as to why.

I was invited to play a game with one of my aquaintances. We did a 5v5, with the rest of the team made up of people he knew. I had no clue who these people were, but we played together, and I added them as League friends afterwards, thinking nothing of it. But something strange (to me) has happened. When they’re online, and I’m online, they invite me to play games. ... Mind-boggling, isn’t it? But typically, in the past, it didn’t work that way. I would see people online and wait to see if they’d invite me to a game. They didn’t. I always had to initiate it, saying “Hey, you want to play?”. With these people, I just get the invite. It makes sense, to me - if you see someone’s online, in a game client, shouldn’t you assume that they want to play said game? But I digress...

All of a sudden, I found myself with a semi-regular group of people to play with. All of a sudden, I was able to play and talk to people and feel like part of a group. All of a sudden... ranked games became unimportant.

I obviously didn’t ignore them completely, of course. But it’s interesting, to me, how they lost a fair amount of importance. Playing with a regular group of people has made me really appreciate having a regular group of people to play with. Going back into solo queue after that has been somewhat harrowing, experience-wise. I’ve been fortunate enough to not have incredibly toxic teammates (other than a Jinx who raged at me for a while in the beginning of the game), but I can see now why people avoid playing alone.

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All that said, I finished up my ranked matches in decent fashion.

Game 6, I played Blitzcrank support. The most notable things from this matchup are that the enemy team had a Soraka playing mid, and that said Soraka quit mid-game. I went 1-0-7.

Game 7, I played Dr. Mundo top. I got completely wrecked against a Riven, who essentially demolished our entire team. I went 2-8-4.

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Game 8, I played Teemo top. I actually beat the Garen that was in lane pretty well, but the enemy team just overwhelmed us, eventually. I went 7-7-3.

Game 9, I played Ashe ADC. There was a toxic Jinx on the enemy team who apparently made everyone’s lives hell. I went 12-9-2.

Game 10, I played Veigar mid. Veigar is one of my favorite characters to play, but since mid typically gets called pretty quickly, I don’t play him much in 5v5s. I was up against a Heimer, which was rough in the beginning. It worked out, though. I went 5-1-7.

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In between games 7-8, I spent some time in non-ranked games, trying out jungling. The general consensus of my teammates is that I need more work on it. I tend to agree with them.

So, now that I actually have a ranking, I guess I need to play and try to improve it. I won’t be reporting about that, as I feel like it’ll get stale - but I’ll try to write things about other topics too. Suggestions are always welcomed! Thanks for reading!