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  • posted a message on If vlad could cast in move at the same time/thread

    Why does anyone try to rationalize mechanics?  Their mechanics and are simply gameplay.  Lore/fluff should not dictate gameplay. 

    Posted in: Champions and Gameplay
  • posted a message on If vlad could cast in move at the same time/thread
    Quote from Chromablues »
    Quote from TikoDKiller
    Vlad is considered by many ( even Riotemployes ) to be one of the most balanced champions in the league.


    IIRC he is actually considered as one of the most toxic champions in the game because of his inifinite sustain thing, and is on purpose kept low on power.

    I don't know about the low on power part, but Vlad can never be a Tier 1 champion for the sake of all our sanity.  Toxicity, oh hell yes. 
    I hate Vlad and personally wouldn't mind him being removed from the game.  At least make his stuff cost mana!

    Posted in: Champions and Gameplay
  • posted a message on Is there any reason now to take Irelia top when Jax is available?
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    Quote from Emeraldw »
    Quote from OuterRaven »

    Kayle and Malphite makes sense but I never thought of Yorick as a counter, though he's pretty good at kiting. I can't play Kayle worth a damn so that's out of the question. What do you rush on Malph vs Jax? Do you go for Randuin's+Frozen Heart for maximum AS slow and just go full tank or do you go a bit more offensive like Haunting Guise and Sorc Shoes?

    Kayle as a counter sounds interesting to me.  I need to try that, especially since she also has a strong late game.  I assume you ult the E>Q Engage? 

    Kayle-Jax matchup : I played it 3-4 times from Kayle perspective (my main) on D2-D1. All you need to do is kite, orbwalk as much as possible and you will end up outdamaging him. They key of this matchup is that your slow lasts longer than his stun, consequently you don't need to time your Q : the duration of the slow will always give you enough time in every situation to outrange him and outtrade him.

    You can Ultimate the E>Q engage, but in fact it's overkill if he doesn't have a HUGE gold lead : you should not take more than 3-4 hit but you will hit him a lot more than that by orbwalking. My typical early build to this matchup : doran's ring, sheen, sorcerer's boots with furor. It doesn't seems much, but in fact that's more than enough to kite him and damage him (sheen is way underrated in early game). You should be around level 8 with this stuff and Jax has no mean to face you anymore. Usually I keep my ultimate to tower dive a low hp Jax.

    Enemy jungler may even kill you 1-2 times in early game, it doesn't change the fact you will still stomp Jax around level 8 or 9. I insist on the fact that I faced multiple quite good Jax player (best one was D1 60LP), and every game, no matter how hard I was camped in early game, I ended up hard winning my lane and ultimately outscaling him. Kayle's kit counter Jax's too well.

    This is extremely helpful and interesting.  Thank you for that.  Scary that someone outscales Jax! :)

    Posted in: General Discussion
  • posted a message on Is there any reason now to take Irelia top when Jax is available?
    Quote from OuterRaven »
    Quote from N4gul »

    Good counters to Jax: Kayle (kite him to death thanks to Q), Malphite (E destroys him, Q to kite him) or Yorick (kite him to death). Lategame is a little bit trickier, Kayle outscales him but not by much, Malphite needs a good team to be useful, same for Yorick. Jax is weak against strong peel, you need to abuse that.

    Kayle and Malphite makes sense but I never thought of Yorick as a counter, though he's pretty good at kiting. I can't play Kayle worth a damn so that's out of the question. What do you rush on Malph vs Jax? Do you go for Randuin's+Frozen Heart for maximum AS slow and just go full tank or do you go a bit more offensive like Haunting Guise and Sorc Shoes?

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    Quote from skippersd»

    I'd say vlad/nasus should do fairly well against jax. As vlad you are nearly as big threat as jax, but with better teamfight presence, and with doggy, you press W, and peel him off your team.

    I've tried Vlad but I have issues with the fact that I can't get close to him after level 6 without him forcing my pool, since his Q is on a much lower CD than my W.

    As for Nasus, I've tried and I'm just a terrible Nasus. I get crushed in the laning phase.

    Kayle as a counter sounds interesting to me.  I need to try that, especially since she also has a strong late game.  I assume you ult the E>Q Engage? 

    Raven, I thought Nasus would be ok as well.  I figured that the W would really slow him but I am not sure after trying it once.  Jax's early game is not that bad and if he gets ahead, Nasus is done.  While Nasus has his own late game, I am just not sure he is a great counter. 

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  • posted a message on Isn't zyra still overtuned?

    Quote from Emeraldw »

    I am a big fan of Zyra support.  I feel she is greatly underestimated by the general population.  That said, she is harder to play and not tanky at all.  Mess up once against Leona/Thresh/Annie and your gone.

    That's the point. You are strong (strong poke/damages), but you just can't make any mistakes. And if you fall behind, it's over.

    Honestly, it is a pretty big negative.  Pressure, surprise and mobility will cause her to fail.  Champions with leeway, like Annie, are valuable at every level of play for precisely this reason. 

    I still like my plant lady though and I am looking forward to SKT Zyra :)

    Posted in: Champions and Gameplay
  • posted a message on Isn't zyra still overtuned?

    I am a big fan of Zyra support.  I feel she is greatly underestimated by the general population.  That said, she is harder to play and not tanky at all.  Mess up once against Leona/Thresh/Annie and your gone.

    Posted in: Champions and Gameplay
  • posted a message on RIP RoG

    I remember things like this when I moderated for a warhammer online forum. 

    Dankaw, I know your pain :(

    Well done!

    Posted in: General Off-Topic
  • posted a message on Gaming Glasses

    Below is a personal post and experience with my gunnars when I used contacts. 

     

    What I have

    I have a pair of Gunnars I got from Best Buy.  I decided to go with the gamer ones they market as they are likely the ones targeted at us.  I decided on the slightly more expensive Vayper line that has nose pads and is more comfortable with a headset.  This ran me in the $80 range, what I won't do to help you guys! 

    I have had these glasses now for months and use them pretty much every time I use my computer. I am even wearing them while I type this. 

    What Gunnar Claims

    There are 4 things that Gunnar claims you gain by wearing their glasses.

    • Protects your eyes
    • Improves the visual environment
    • Improves detail and focus
    • Reduces eye fatigue

    The underlying assumption when they market to us as gamers, is that this will improve our game performance.  I am not so sure I would claim that, but there is clearly some of that marketing going on.  For the amount of money they are asking, they had better do a lot. 

    Physical Design

    The physical design for the ones I purchased is pretty good.  The base frame is a flexible metal and gives it a very light weight.  If it wasn't for the tint in the lens, I am not sure I would notice I was wearing them.  However, I wear sunglasses all the time and use to wear glasses full time before contacts.  So for me, it is very easy to wear them.  If your not used to glasses at all, it might take some time to get used too.  But compared to other glasses I have worn, it is very easy to forget they are there and that is a plus.

    The nose pads are very nice.  They are pretty thick pads and the indents it makes into my nose are not as bad as some other glasses I have worn.  This combined with the light weight make it easy to wear for long periods.  Another bonus is the pad mounts are rather thick and do not spread out as easily over time.  This means you do not have to adjust your nose pads all the time to make the glasses fit decently on your nose.  This is not available on all lines of the product.

    The ear arms are also flexible metal.  They bend, but do not feel flimsy.  The main advantage is for people, like me, who have really big heads.  It stretches but with the movable plastic coating, it never feels like my head is being squished.  When I put on the headset, it squishes the arms in and changes the feel of the overall glasses somewhat.  But not enough to really feel uncomfortable.  I do feel like I need to take my headset off after some time playing.  This is arm design is not available on all lines of the product.  

    Reduces Eye Strain

    When I first got the glasses, I was pretty much wondering if I had wasted my money.  Months later, I often find myself looking for them before I use my computer, be it gaming or just general use.  I can even remember when I realized how and why these glasses are useful.

    It was late at night, I was kind of tired but not enough to go to bed.  I was thinking of playing league but the lights were so bright and I could tell from my previous game that I could not see everything going on.  At this point, I reached over for my gunnars and I felt better looking at my screen pretty quickly.  It was not an instant fix but I did feel better looking at the screen. 

    Writing on a very white screen has been fantastic with them.  The amount of light a white screen puts out is large and blocking a lot of that makes looking at my screen much easier.  Late at night is the worst time for lights and I do not feel nearly as tired by that point if I have been using my glasses.  

    In this, Gunnar is making a good claim.  They do protect our eyes from the amount of light that we are exposed when using computers all day.  It is a similar concept to sunglasses.  I use a computer a work, I use a computer at home and having these has helped my visual happiness.  

    Research

    When I first looked into purchasing these, I read a lot of reviews and much of it was positive.  They cut through a lot of marketing to get at what is actually valuable about these computer glasses.  It cuts artificial light that our eyes are exposed too on a daily basis.  No review I read mentioned anything about how it keeps our eyes from drying out.  It was all about the cutting of the artificial light and physical design.  Every review mentioned a positive impact on computer screen viewing and most took a moment to talk about how well designed the glasses are, with one exception.  

    One common complaint was the tint is designed for computers, not general viewing.  If you look at anything but a computer, the world looks rather odd.  So you might have to take them on and off, but if your going to be spending all day playing games, they are pretty useful.  Especially late at night.  

    They can be used for playing games or watching TV if those strain your eyes, but the distance is much greater from a TV so I have rarely had a reason to use them for that.  Other reviewers mentioned it however and I feel I should as well.  They do work when watching TV or playing console games.

    Their value is entirely based on your own visual health.  If you have no fatigue and lights are not getting brighter at night, these will do little for you, other than potentially be preventative.  Some mornings I wake up and can play without the glasses at all.  Other mornings I feel like I need them to maintain my focus.  So if your interested, diagnose your own visual needs.  

    These glasses can be made to have a prescription if you order directly from Gunnar.  So if you already wear glasses, there is a way to get them for yourself but be prepared to pay a bit more.  

    One of the most interesting things I read is that these glasses are actually covered in some cases by insurance.  Including the largest visual health care provider in the United States.  That caught my attention real quick.  If an insurance company is potentially willing to pay for you to get computer glasses, they must think there is some value to them.  

    Conclusion: Useful, if your eyesight demands it anyways

    They are useful and I do not regret my purchase at all.  There was a clear need for me to use my computer comfortably and the glasses have fixed that issue.  As a result, my gaming did improve.  However, it was fixing a problem that my eyes suffer from and did not make me better by putting them on.  If your eyes have similar issues, a pair of Gunnars might really help.  Just be prepared to pay for it.

    Posted in: General Discussions
  • posted a message on Gaming Glasses

    I did some research on them once.  Basically, they are worth it if you use a computer all the time. 

    In fact, they are backed by the largest eye care health provider in the united states.  You can even get them on your vision insurance in some cases. 

    You can also check the web and I could not find a review that actually thinks they are snake oil. 

    I would say they could be worth it if you are on the computer all day long. 

    Actually, let me see if I can copy the article I prepared. 

    Posted in: General Discussions
  • posted a message on Discussion on Diana's current state.

    They will go fighter/Bruiser with her.  Her playstyle is like that of one and the only way Assassin would work, is if they added a lot of extra mobility or something. 

    I like Diana a lot.  Mostly because I think she has the best skins in the game. 

    Posted in: Champions and Gameplay
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