I currently main Jungler in low silver, but I'd like to work on improving my other roles. This post relates to my attempts at ad carry.
I believe I can play several ADCs reasonably for my ELO, and assuming I get a semi decent support to lane with, I can often contribute well to my team in this role. However thinking back, I can also recall several games where the rest of my team has blamed me for a loss.
Mid game. I see a large creep wave pushing into our bottom outer tower. I want the farm, and if I don't take it, our tower will take damage. So I head to take this wave.
At this point, my other 4 team members decides that since our top lane is pushing, the enemy top tower looks very attractive. They head for it, the enemy team spots them incoming, either with a ward, or because they are slow to secure the objective, and a 4v5 team fight ensues. My team loses it hard.
I get blamed for not being with my team. I could argue with them. I could say "you didn't ask for me to go with you" or "you decided to push without me". But all I'd get back is more blame, and the situation would only get worse, so I stay silent.
So then the team decides to push again. I go with them. This time it's 5v5, but since the enemy team was fed the earlier kills, and are at tower, the fight is again lost. Since the team is already in the habit of blaming me, this time I'm blamed for not doing enough damage.
Then the team decides to push again, in a blatant and obvious fashion, for a third time. I think "why are these idiots pushing into an enemy when our team is so far behind". I don't go with them, and instead decide to make the best of a bad situation, split pushing and taking a tower. They wipe again
At the end of the game "Report ad carry. Never with team".
Now I know this isn't entirely my fault. If I'm playing jungler, and leading a push, I'll pay attention to who's with the team, and ask for the carry when needed, whilst also allowing them other times to farm. If I'm playing support I'll try to ward around the area we're pushing, so we can see what we're up against.
However, what can I do as an ad carry when I'm playing with a team without tactical awareness? It's hardly a position from which to lead.
Should I just accept the fact that such games will be lost, and just concentrate on my own play?
Should I slavishly follow my team's tanks in mid game, and miss out on large amounts of farm, just in case they decide that now would be a good moment to push?
I'm playing Varus and my support is Leona. The enemy has chosen a kill lane - Caitlyn + Pantheon support.
I know Pantheon will be useless in mid or late game if he doesn't get kills early. So I tell my support "don't feed Pantheon and we've won the lane".
Wham. Second she hits level 2. Leona dives straight in on Caitlyn with a stun. That's quite normal for a Leona. But in this matchup?
Result: I try to follow up. Pantheon dives on me, also with a stun. At level 2, Pantheon vastly out-damages Leona - and I die.
I return to lane, still with very little farm and a level or two behind the enemy. The minute I arrive Leona jumps straight back in again. We both die. The enemy bot lane is 3-0.
By the time I get back to lane, I'm still level 2, whilst the enemy is level 5. I can do nothing but sit at tower, where I am zoned from farm. The lane is completely lost, and before long, the enemy jungler turns up and we are tower dived.
I'm blamed by the entire team for feeding and for my crap farm. I'm too weak to be the slightest use in team fights, and the game is lost.
Anything at all that I can do in this situation? Thinking back, at the start of the game, I should have made it more clear to Leona "Do not initiate without jungle support until level 6+. Just protect me and keep brush control". However at low ELO, a lot of Leona's won't listen to that - people don't pick her when they want to play passive.
So assuming she dived in, what should I have done? Just ignore her?