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I actually went to Gamescom! *_*

A friend only came up with the idea like two or three weeks before it started, so it’s not like we were prepared or anything. The tickets had to be bought on eBay, and the way on the train was.. well, supposed to be long and boring. But since we had to get up at 2:00 in the morning to catch our train and I only got one hour of sleep before that (not my fault, I got woken up and couldn’t fall asleep again.. -_-) I pretty much spent the travel time being grumpy and awfully tired.

To top it all of we got stuck on a train that had to wait out some technical troubles, together with drunk football fans who were on the way to cologne as well. Not one of the nicest trips I’ve ever been on – an intoxicated group of chanting, bawling and shouting people waving flags around and blasting repetitive music occasionally don’t exactly fit into my idea of acceptable travel companions. And since they had the same destination, we kept bumping into them on train stations and in train compartments.

In the end we did survive, and looking back I’d say it was worth it. We saw some awesome cosplays, but I still couldn’t take many pictures – a lot of people in costumes somehow thought it was a good idea to hang around in the darker halls to pose and show off for everyone with a camera. Needless to say that didn’t work out so well. And the rest wanted to go around and have a look themselves of course, so there just weren’t many opportunities. In the better lit cosplay area we saw Eir Stegalkin and a Pool Party Ahri (at least that’s what I think who they are):

 

Besides the lack of good lighting in most places, taking pictures was also made harder by the loads of people who didn’t care or notice and kept walking right in front of the camera, and by a lot of constantly moving cosplayers too – I’m guessing they wanted to get some good poses for the cameras, but eventually ended up moving around constantly. Not to mention the photographers (the ones using small digital cameras or iPads and the likes included) who would simply walk in front of others without any courtesy to get a better view themselves.

We managed to see the cosplay contest of League of Legends, which mainly consisted of different versions of Janna, Nidalee, Annie, Katarina, Riven, Syndra, Leona and Jinx. Weirdly enough, most of the male cosplayers actually came as female characters as well – and there was a ‘female Tryndamere’ where I’m pretty damn sure it was actually an Arthas cosplay. With Frostmourne and all. But I guess there’s no need to make a new costume if you can simply recycle an old one..

After the show was over they started throwing some Teemo hats, Poros and Ziggs bombs in the crowd, but sadly I was far too way back in the crowd and had to protect my camera from thrown objects and all the jumping people, so I had no chance of trying to catch a Poro. Guess I’ll have to invest into some Poro Snacks for next year. 😦

But anyway! I can’t really say much about the other stuff since we didn’t have enough time by far to see everything, and we didn’t even get to check out the blizzard stuff at the Gamescom – kind of a shame, because Blizzcon is definitely too far away to visit – but for next year we’re already planning to visit again. And for more than one day this time!

 

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I guess it was just too good to be true..

I am pretty smitten with the basic principle of the Team Builder in League of Legends, and it was on its way to be my favourite queue type. Everyone being able to pick the position they want and only play what they’re good at without having to compete others who try to go for the same place, always forcing someone to choose a role they aren’t good at? No flamers in champ select because of unpopular picks or competition for the same champion? Awesome!

Except that Riot kind of missed the point and came up with a plan to ruin it. I don’t know if they thought it wasn’t popular enough or what, but by trying to get people to play with the Team Builder queue and give them a reward for it they basically started to eviscerate the main purpose of it.

Alright, rewards are nice and everything, and I really like to have a support icon that I can put on display now if I feel like doing so. But now people are forced to play roles they aren’t as good at and that they wouldn’t choose normally, because well, there are icons to collect! Which basically means I can just as well play normal now, it doesn’t make a huge difference. People started flaming like everywhere (I know, I was a fool to hope that it wouldn’t, but you know, it was really nice) and no one is picking their strong roles anymore, just the ones they still need to collect icons with.

A friend told me the system can be cheated by selecting a different role than the picked champion provides and simply switching with a teammate who does the same – like picking jungle Jinx and switching with the adc Maokai – but it seems like not many are aware of that and rather play bad and toxic in the normal solo queue. Just great.

I really hope they’ll be done with this soon and only those who really want to will be playing with the team builder again. Flamers can crawl back into the holes they came from! 😦


Riot, please!

Playing League of Legends hasn’t been that interesting to me lately – after all a match in Summoners Rift takes rather long, you can’t leave if something is up or you need a break, and it’s especially exhausting with 4 random people in your team. You never know how toxic at least one of them will behave, and more often than not that player is pretty bad as well.

The other point is that I would love to play ranked – but I only want to play my one favourite role. I’m just bad at anything other than support, not because I can’t do it, but because I tend to die for my teammates and help others more than getting kills myself. For that reason I started to specialize in being the support very early and just don’t have enough champions and the right runes to play the other roles properly, ot to mention barely any experience.

My biggest hope now is the introduction of the Team Builder queue in ranked as well, even though I’m not sure how they’d go about that with banning champions and all that stuff. But as it is I’m just too afraid of being shoved into a place I’m not comfortable playing in and being a burden to my teammates, so I end up not playing at all. Except an ARAM now and then, for the first win of the day bonus.

Not really exciting.. but in general there hasn’t been too much gaming on my part anyway.


But wait! Actually there is something to do..

Because it’s the time around the year, with Halloween nearby and of course the Hallow’s End event, there’s this tiny chance of getting the mount from the Headless Horseman.

Halloween is my favourite holiday by far, so I’m trying to get all those nice items that are limited to this short amount of time right now, and the mount is still on my list. So of course the queue for receiving the Loot-Filled Pumpkin is one of the few things I need to do daily – besides crafting Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source – in the hope of being lucky this year. If I can’t have a permanent broom mount (yeah, I actually hate blizzard and druids a little for this, why are they allowed to have their no-cast form all time of the year, but I can’t keep my broom? It’s so very sad when it disappears, every year again 😦 ), I’d at least like to have the horse at some point! I’m not positive it will happen, but there’s no other way but try..

In the meantime, while WoW has it’s Halloween event out for ages, and even Terraria is spawning loads of pumpkins and dressed up zombies, the Harrowing in League of Legends is still nowhere in sight.. They keep saying that it isn’t related to Halloween and they’re going to release it whenever, maybe even just in November, but that would definitely put me off slightly. I want to get and try out the Haunted Zyra skin around the right spooky time, not when it’s pretty much over over and Christmas is about to approach rapidly, somewhat killing the whole mood mood.

For that reason, and because the skin will be permanent and some other, old skins will be available for a short time I might put that back for a while and get some of those instead, especially since people speculate that a Zyra nerf incoming with the release of an amazing new look, but I will see.. not sure if I can actually resist, it’s my favourite theme after all. FrankenTibbers Annie and Pumkinhead Fiddlestix are on the list as well.. When the event finally comes up it won’t be good for my wallet. Not at all. ._.

It’s probably good I got Zombie Brand last year already.. Even Headless Hecarim and Haunted Nocturne are very tempting, and I’m not even playing them. Why is it that purely cosmetic content in free to play games is always so irresistible? I’m not looking forward to the day when Blizzard eventually adds holiday themed and seasonal armor and mounts to buy for real money eventually, following those weird Helmets they introduced a while ago!

But while I wait for the opportunity to spend money I don’t actually want to spend.. I’ll probably go build a haunted house in Terraria (Since I finished my Daily Quest and Timeless Isle stuff in WoW already). 😀