Sometimes League of Legends gives us hard choices. As a jungler, I’m frequently tasked with the difficult decision of whether to gank or counter-jungle and where I should do so. After a lost teamfight, you also have to make a lot of decisions about how to turn the game around. Should you buy elixirs? Should you try to farm and stall the game out or force another teamfight in a better position?
These are all difficult choices. However, most players have to deal with the toughest question of all: Which champion should I unlock next?
There’s always a story
As is frequently the case in The Summoner’s Guidebook, there’s a bit of inspiration as to why I chose to talk about these choices. Normally I have a small pool of potential choices to choose from before I have any surplus IP to spend, and I narrow down my choices as I play games. I tend to avoid champions I’ve barely played at all; I prefer to have a bit of experience behind the controls of a particular character before I invest in him or her.
Recently, I was stuck in a situation where I had about 4000 IP and still could not make up my mind between two characters: Syndra and Lulu. I usually pick someone who adds depth to my roster, but my best pick for that was Jayce and I absolutely hate him. I am really attracted to both Lulu and Syndra for both gameplay and aesthetic reasons.
In my opinion, Syndra is probably the most appealing character Riot has released in a long time. I really like her dark mage aesthetic (and she looks really hot), and she has quirky, complex gameplay. I remember when she was announced and I thought that I hadn’t been this interested in a character since Zyra was released. She places little traps on the ground and she can fling minions around, and her entire gameplan is really complex. I think that her function doesn’t match her form very well; her design is that she’s a powerful magical prodigy, but her gameplay is a bit more strategic. I thought her gameplay would be a bit more Ryze and a bit less Bobby Fischer, but I like tricky gameplay so it ended up better for me anyway.
Lulu, on the other hand, is more of a support character, but on my home grounds of Dominion, she’s a stellar pick. Her shield is awesome, her harassment is awesome, she has a movement buff to get people out of tricky situations, and it can be used to turn people into squirrels to create tricky situations. Lulu kind of reminds me of an adorable cat that jumps on your keyboard, only she’s jumping on all of your opponents’ keyboards at the same time. When she was initially released, I knew I wanted to unlock her, but I had so many characters I wanted and a lot of them were much cheaper than Lulu.
I recently made the decision to unlock a 6300 champion (I’m running out of 3150 characters I actually want), and these two popped to the top of the list. However, I couldn’t decide! I really wanted both of them.