My last 3 games, all as AD Ez:
Game 1: CS is not enough
I get beat in lane early 1-3. Tell my support and jungler I'm just farming for the next 10 minutes, and do so. 150 cs later, I proceed to go up to 8-5 as we start teamfighting. Then Lux and skarner start fighting, and we lose 2 teamfights. I go back to farming. I'm at 250 cs 25 minutes in. My team tells me to come fight with team. I do, they engage horribly and don't focus, and I go back to farming. As my team yells at me to fight with them, I keep farming, with the occasional Backdoor (netting 4 towers downed over the course of the game, 2 solos). Without their AD carry, they don't engage, and thus don't die. I get to 400 CS in 35 minutes. I'm 8-6-5, with a Trinity, IE, Zerkers, BT, PD, BT. I come back to the teamfight, push, get a triple kill, we take all 3 inhibs. My team doesn't go b. Everyone is at 20% hp, but they try to focus the nexus towers. I reluctantly stay with the team, not wanting to get bitched at again. The enemy team pops up.
All of us die.
The enemy team defends, then pushes us. We engage, and Skarner ults the wrong person. As our Morde runs away, I get jumped and die. 11-8.
As they keep pushing, similar things happen. Lux misses her snare. I die 3 more times while fighting in our base, only netting one kill. My thirster stacks are gone , though I have changed my boots into another PD. The enemy team hasn't heard of armor.
End up dying a fourth time right as they kill our nexus, to end 12-12-11 with 416 cs. Fun stat: I dealt half a million damage that game. I get reported for refusing to work with the team.
Game 2: Tilting
I'm on tilt after the last game, and open 1-4, while my support goes 0-3. Great. Farming didn't seem to work last game (in my tilting mind at least), so I just roam and engage all fucking game. Seems to work. End up 5-5 before they push, endgame 5-8. Not much to say here. I was tilting, and made mistakes. Roam Ez is pretty strong once he gets level 9 though.
Game 3: 12-4 to 12-11
My team: Riven, Lux, Ezreal(me), Soraka, Jungle Sion
Their team: AP Warwick, Ryze, Twitch, Lulu, Shyvana
I started the game with a FB double kill. Then went 4-0 in 4 minutes. Then 6-1, 6-2, 10-3, 12-4. At this point I have a 50 cs lead on everyone else, enemy Twitch has been shat on and is 1-6, and only our Sion isn't positive. With the mana from Soraka, I'm Q-spamming everyone, keeping them all below 1/2 health. Warwick is the only one who does damage on their team, because Riven dropped to mid to gank Ryze a few times, putting him behind as well. If WW dies, we win the teamfight. Shyvana is building straight health, Ryze is stacking armor instead of mana, Twitch does nothing, and Lulu... is Lulu.
Me: "Focus WW, he's the only damage."
Sion: "WW too tanky. Twitch>Ryze"
Me: "Ordinarily, yes. But twitch is 1-6 with 60 cs. He does no damage. Focus WW plz"
Sion: "WW tanky nub ez"
We group up and pressure mid turret. I Q-spam and poke WW down to 25% health.
Me: "Focus WW please"
Sion: "stfu ez nub so annoying"
Lux: "Ez focus twitch"
Sion then dives, stuns Twitch, and kills him with Riven's help. By this point, WW has used Lifesteal and Lulu's giant spell to get back to 70%, and flash-jumps on me. With no CC remaining on our team, I die. The rest of my team proceeds to scatter and Riven and Soraka are picked off.
Sion: "nub ez I told u ww too tanky"
Me: "I had him down to 25%. Please just focus him then we can kill twitch ok?"
Sion: "SO NOOB. idiot go back to nrmals"
Over the course of the next 15 minutes, my team engages twice while I'm away (getting items or dragon), runs in 1 by 1 to lose another fight, loses 3 turrets, and doesn't kill WW once, who gets his bloodrazer. I get sent to 12-6, and get fed up with this.
Me: "Fuck it. Sion, you can focus whoever you want. I'm focusing WW so you'll stop dying."
Sion (allchat): "REPORT EZ GIVING GAME AWAY"
Lux: "Ez don't be an ass, work with the team"
Next fight, I focus WW, exhaust him before he jumps me, and have Sion take the kill. We win the fight. Next fight exhaust is down, my team again doesn't CC WW, everyone dies, and the game disintegrates from there. I end up 12-11 as I'm constantly dove and my team refuses to peel, cc, or anything. Post-game, the enemy team actually apologizes to me.
The people I'm playing with now are worse than terrible. They're so bad I can play Garen solotop, get Sword of the Occult as my first item, MobiBoots as my second, go 7-2-7 and win in 25 minutes (535 movespeed with Q LOL). They ban people like Master Yi and Lux. I can and have won lanes 1v2 as Ez. But when it comes to teamfights, I just can't carry hard enough.
I've been told this is because Ez isn't a good AD carry. And he's certainly not the strongest. But when you are 250 CS and 5 kills above the next highest champion in the game, it really shouldn't matter that Ez is only 2nd tier AD. And I do play other champs: Ez, Cow, Yi (AD, AP, Jungle, Tank, or Support - I know them all), Ashe, Garen, Lee, Soraka, Trist, Vayne (though I'm really out of practice with Vayne).
So what do I do? Do I learn Katarina and just snowball every game up to 1300, where people learn how to CC? Or maybe pull a Spamhappy and go Poppy every game any Role? Part of my problem is certainly that I understand bot lane FAR better than any other lane. I play toplane passably, and jungle decently with Yi, Lee, or Garen+ Show Spoiler +
. My mid is pretty bad, just because I never play it.
Jungle Garen is hilarious. Really strong if your team is CC heavy, like a Maokai Top Leona bot. He's got a slow clear and a slow start, but he ganks like a truck and wins 1v1 vs most Junglers.
Since the beginning of February I've dropped from 1415 to 994 ELO. Thats a 421 point drop. As I told LiquidParty, the first 200 points were probably my fault, as I tried out new characters in ranked and then tilted. Then I played a lot of support (mostly cow or soraka), and dropped another 100 points as I sat and watched my AD carries refuse to farm. Now I'm carrying, and I just can't carry hard enough. I was depressed before. Now I've gone numb.
I thought I was in ELO Hell. The only thing keeping me going is the hope that I am merely in Purgatory.