A Snippit of my Photography – A Summoner Spotlight

One thing I plan on doing this summer is getting back out there with my Cannon Rebel. Maybe I’ll even build myself a lab in the basement. I very much miss developing my own junk. I’d like to showcase a few pictures to prove I DO do other things besides play video games and waste away on the internet…And these aren’t even the 1/85th of it! (You know…like ‘this isn’t even the half of it!…Because I have a lot of photos…Hurr durr…) Enjoy!

  

 

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AD SONA: My Personal Experience & Build Guide

When I first heard someone say “AD Sona” I thought they were joking. Then after having done some digging around it seemed to me like it was a legitimate possibility. I spent a large chunk of time developing changing builds and strategies and waited to write this review until I was certain I had something solid to say.

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It’s safe to say that being fluent in Sona’s playing style as a support champion (perhaps one of the champions I’ve played the most period) made it exciting to play in a completely different way. I will admit though, that even grabbing Doran’s Blade as my first item made things feel scary and unnatural. I was very careful at first knowing how squishy I am, and in some games completely overextended myself. I tried Solomid.net’s AD Sona build putting some faith in the site,rather than mobafire.com (who has a nasty reputation for trolls ‘liking’ terrible builds so people play them). I ended up disagreeing with a lot of their suggestions, and created my own play style which I will be sharing in-depth in this blog post.

There are three major conflicts with Sona that become very apparent while playing her as a damage dealer. First of all, her inability to aim. A lot of people snuff off the champion because she’s just a ‘bunch of spamming’ which in some cases may be the case. In the middle of an intense team fight with a bunch of aggressive males all throwing down for an example (boy do I feel like a babysitter on her often enough)…

But as AD Sona it is the WORST possible thing that you could face. Starting with damage dealing items, Sona can pack a real punch that rivals the GP gunshot, she’s got a miserable time trying to hit what she wants to. Farming isn’t a problem, especially with increased attack speed (a problem in itself– easily adjusted by item build) but also because every bit of AD that Sona collects, the easier it is to chow down on creeps. Trying to assist your lane partner’s in killing an enemy is difficult in a creep filled lane, and easily avoidable if you’re facing her. In team fights, shots are fired all around, and though she can still be helpful to the team, she is by no means in the proper bracket for snagging kills. Just as she does as a strict support role, she nabs a ton of assists. Being able to pack a punch however can be VERY helpful when chasing awkwardly positioned or flashed out champions. Her range is good for that. I do NOT recommend wasting your ultimate to try to KS even if you deserve the credit. It’s too important a skill to waste, not even knowing 100% you will score the last hit.

Other conflicts of Sona’s are her mana pool problem and her cooldowns. Ionian Boots of Lucidity are one option in dealing with the cooldown problem, yet I prefer the attack speed on my boots as a personal preference. This is why I have cooldown runes. As a damage dealer it isn’t as important that she spams her spells as much as she hits them. Spamming can lead to wasted mana and lots of frustration. There is more planning involved in dealing damage rather than keeping teammates topped off with health.

Speaking of heals, yours as AD Sona are on par with the Taric heal. Pretty much useless unless it’s a dire situation. I tend to warn my teammates as soon as I start the game so they don’t rely on me when they do something crazy. Her weak heals may not even make much of a difference if you do spam them in trying times.

In order to correct the mana problem, I have found two routes to go. You can get Philosopher’s Stone early game, or grab Trinity Force asap and begin it with Zeal. Gold is the main reason that making a call on what to buy in this department is tricky. A lot of your items are going to cost a LOT and you want to grab damage as fast as you can. However, I personally believe in getting Philosopher’s Stone because it not only offers you mana regen but also streaming health regen with the +5 gold, which will save you a bit of time in farming for your items. I’ve specified in my build at what point to take it.

Experimenting with AD Sona has been fun, but in conclusion, her biggest conflict keeping her from being a shining AD carry lies with Riot Games. Not all champions are created equal and Sona is a prime example. Each champion is crafted for certain purposes, and shines the best in their element. Janna maybe the support champion that breaks this rule, which is why she is probably constructed to be one of the most difficult support champions to master. If you really want to wreck your opponents with attack damage, take a champion that was MADE to be an AD carry. AD Sona is a novelty in the end, and fun to play with if you’re bored with the same ol’. If it’s an embarrassment to admit you’ve been playing her like that, you know at least she’ll never squeal on you.

Good Luck in your endeavors, Summoners!

RUNES

 Greater Mark of Desolation (9) +1.66 Armor Penetration

 Greater Glyph of Focus (9) +0.65 Cooldown Reduction

 Greater Seal of Resilience (9) +1.41 Armor

 Greater Quintessence of Desolation (2) +3.33 Armor Penetration

 Greater Quintessence of Swiftness (1) +1.17% Movement Speed Increase

 

MASTERIES

Offensive Tree (21)

Brute Force 3/3

Butcher 1/2

Alacrity 4/4

Weapon Expertise 1/1

Deadliness 2/4

Havoc 3/3

Vampirism 3/3

Sunder 3/3

Executioner 1/1

Defensive Tree (9)

Resistance 3/3

Hardiness 1/3

Durability 4/4

Veteran’s Scars 1/1

Utility Tree (0)

SUMMONER ABILITIES

I recommend Heal and Flash or Ignite and Flash. For first timers, I’d recommend you grab Heal just until you feel out your play style and get more confident and careful.

     

BUILD

There are two routes I would go depending on the makeup of the other team. I will provide both of them from start to finish. At the end of the build guide I will provide information on where each of the items are located at the merchant screen.

Starting out for either build:

Both builds start out pretty much the same. You can begin with a Doran’s Blade  or begin to immediately work on your Wriggle’s Lantern . Starting Wriggle’s you’ll be building up Madred’s Razors which means you ought to begin with  and a health potion or two (found under the Consumables tab on the merchant screen).

If you go the Doran’s route, you’ll want to grab your standard boots  next, then . With boots on the board you can finish your Madred’s Razors immediately.

If you start with , you’ll want to grab standard boots after, then finish the rest of the Madred’s.

Once you have Madred’s  you’ll want to finish your boots . There are two possible routes for boots and I recommend Berserker’s Greaves  which give attack speed.

However, it’s possible that you may experience a problem with cooldown reduction, and may opt for the Ionian Boots of Lucidity . There is no extra step involved with Ionian Boots of Lucidity. You will need to buy prior to finishing your boots if you go the Berserker’s  route.

After boots and Madred’s , finish Wriggle’s lantern .

Following this, you’ll want to snag your Philosopher’s Stone now .

Your build should now look like this:

 and  or .

OR and or .

After this solid beginning game build, you’ll take one of two paths.

1a) Direct Damage

1b) Hulky Damage

For the Direct Damage Build:

Begin with Trinity Force.  Second, build The Black Cleaver . These are your most important items in this build.

For the Hulky Damage Build:

You should get Frozen Mallet  followed by Atma’s Impaler . This allows you some sustainability since you are a squishy champion, and by building health, your Atma’s will pack a punch. You opt for more damage later on in this build but it’s highly rewarding once you do start to take major chunks out of your enemies.

At this point: (Assuming you may have sold your  along the line…If you haven’t keep it in mind while you look at the build together. You may have skipped Philosopher’s Stone by preference, so take that into account too.)

Your Direct Damage build should look something like this:

and or  

And your Hulky Damage build should look something like this:

and or

Great end game items to follow-up the items in each of these builds are Infinity Edge , Zeke’s Herald  and Sunfire Cape . Depending on what you need the most, you should plan accordingly. I personally would get Zeke’s Herald first in almost any occasion.

HOW TO GET TO YOUR ITEMS – If you’re not familiar with a new build or certain items it wastes precious time tabbing through panels to find them. I’m hoping that this assists in saving time.

 Doran’s Blade: Attack – Damage : Single Item

 Wriggle’s Lantern:  Attack – Damage : Built From:

 Boots: Movement (You can find the boots you intend to build after you’ve clicked on the base pair)

 Philosopher’s Stone: Magic – Mana Regen Built From:

 Trinity Force: Attack – Damage Built From: ()  ()  ()

 The Black Cleaver: Attack – Damage Built From:

 Frozen Mallet: Defense – Health Built From: ()

Atma’s Impaler: Attack – Damage Built From:

 Infinity Edge: Attack – Damage Built From:

 Zeke’s Herald: Attack – Attack Speed Built From:  ()

 Sunfire Cape: Defense – Armor  : Built From:

 

Sona’s Lore:

“Sona has no memories of her true parents. As an infant, she was found abandoned on the doorstep of an Ionian adoption house, nestled atop an ancient instrument in an exquisite case of unknown origins. She was an unusually well-behaved child, always quiet and content. Her caretakers were sure she would find a home quickly, but it soon became apparent that what they mistook for uncommon geniality was actually an inability to speak or to produce any sound whatsoever. Sona remained at the adoption house until her teens, watching in hopeless silence as prospective adopters passed her by. During this time, the caretakers sold her unusual instrument to anxious collectors, hoping to build her a trust. For a myriad of bizarre and unexpected reasons, however, it would be returned, or simply appear again outside the house.
When a wealthy Demacian woman named Lestara Buvelle learned of the instrument, she immediately embarked to Ionia. When the caretakers showcased the instrument for her, she rose wordlessly and explored the house, stopping outside Sona’s room. Without hesitation, Lestara adopted her and left a generous donation for the instrument. With Lestara’s guidance, Sona discovered a deep connection with the instrument which Lestara called an ‘etwahl’. In her hands, it played tones which stilled or quivered the hearts of those around her. Within months, she was headlining with the mysterious etwahl for sold-out audiences. She played as though plucking heartstrings, effortlessly manipulating the emotions of her listeners – all without a single written note. In secret, she discovered a potent and deadly use for her etwahl, using its vibrations to slice objects from a distance. She honed this discipline in private, mastering her gift. When she felt prepared, she went to the only place which could offer her a fitting recital: the League of Legends.
”Her melody moves the soul, her silence sunders the body.” – Jericho Swain, after attending her concert”

League Life World Problems – Volume 1

When playing Sona when no one realizes how much I actually save their asses:

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When they DO notice:

When men are surprised that an actual girl is doing well in LoL:

And they’re like:

Miss Fortune Player IRL Expectation:

Reality:

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Running to the bathroom while the game loads

Enough IP for the new champion on patch day

After playing a LAN game you face the rest of your team for feeding.

Any man looking at a female character

Shopping after not having backed in a while.

If we lose:

If we win:

KS!

The Nunu wants me to tower dive for first blood.

Then tells me:

Should have taken Ghost.

When someone asks me why I prefer to play LoL at home rather than at Ignite

What I think when another girl announces that they’re a girl in a game.

When I’m standing next to the tank and I’m convinced he’s tabbed out

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I think I’ll play Eve.

When someone is watching me play

Playing LoL between classes.

Movement speed runes

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Morgana’s Very Geeky Cocktail Party (With Recipes)

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 “You know Morg, I love to read I must admit, but I’m picky about what it is that I do.”

 Have you read the Hunger Games?

 Oh you. You KNOW those are my favorite right now!

 I Have JUST the drink for you, Brand!

“The Girl on Fire Cocktail”

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces white rum
3 ounces mango juice
1 to 2 teaspoon grenadine
Orange zest strip
Maraschino cherry

Directions: “Fill a highball glass with ice. Add white rum and mango juice, then add grenadine, allowing it to sink to the bottom of glass. Do not stir; garnish with orange zest and cherry. Of course, with this drink in hand, there’s only one way to toast: May the odds be ever in your favor!”

 So you’re saying that the whole violent tree in the Wizard of Oz came from Maokai Sr. !?

 Yeah that was Pop-Pop’s idea. But then they thought apples would be more kid-friendly.

 Well…DO you like apples?

 I’m from a long line of apple trees. Of course I do.

 I think I know what to make you now! 

“Gods of Death Note Apples”

Ingredients: 1 oz. brandy
1 oz. dark rum (preferably Coruba. Myers’s Dark Rum works as well)

1 dash of angostura bitters
4 oz. apple juice
1 apple

Directions: Mix the brandy, rum, and bitters in a separate glass.  Crush a little bit of apple in a rocks glass to add a bit of flavor.  Add the alcohol, apple juice, and ice.  Serve with an apple garnish.

 So why do you like Cowboy Bebop so much Gangplank?

 Space Pirates!

“The Bloody Eye” (Cowboy Bebop)

Ingredients:
1.5 oz black cherry whiskey (Red Stag used)
.5 oz gin 1 splash grenadine
Fill with AMP Overdrive cherry energy drink (around 4-5 oz)

Directions: Mix first three ingredients in a lowball or small glass.  Fill to top with AMP Overdrive.

 I’m not sure you really understand the concept of this game Fizz…

 I HAVE MY ULT READY MORGANA!

 Sigh…Triptocaine it is.

“Triptocaine (Heavy Rain cocktail)”

Ingredients:
1 shot Blue Curacao
1/2 shot Peach Liquor
1/2 shot Vodka Fresh Peach Juice

Directions: Mix alcoholic ingredients in a glass and top with peach juice.  Stir, then pour into a test tube shot glass and serve.

 How many shots do you want, Corki?

 NEIN!

“Wolfenstein Glühwein”

Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
10 whole cloves
1 (750 ml) bottle red wine

Directions: In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes until thick and syrupy. Pour in the wine and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses.

 So whose your favorite Street Fighter character, Shen?

 CHUN-LI! SO HOT!

“Chun-Li Ice Tea”

Ingredients:
25 ml Jasmine Tea infused vodka (If you can’t find it a mix of vodka and jasmine syrup will work)
25 ml lychee liqueur 
1 splash blue curacao
Elderflower Presse

Directions: Mix the first three ingredients and pour over ice, in a highball glass.  Fill with Elderflower Presse and work them lightning legs.

 You really are much more of a gentleman since you put on that skin, Cho. I’ll make you a good drink. I’m sure they don’t have much to drink over there in the void.

 …

“Afternoon Tipple (Professor Layton – Nintendo DS)”

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Earl Grey Tea infused Gin
1 oz White Creme de Cacao
3/4 oz  Cointreau
2 oz Cream
1 sugar cube

Orange Bitters

Directions:  Infuse 3oz Gin with 1 tsp loose earl grey tea, let steep overnight. In a shaker, saturate 1 sugar cube (1 tsp) with 2-3 dashes of orange bitters and muddle until dissolved. Add rest of the ingredients and shake with ice.

 They’ve got creeps in Minecraft too, right?

FOR THE LAST GODDAMN TIME MORGANA I’M A MINION.

“Enderman (Minecraft cocktail)”

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz jager
1 1/2 oz white rum
8 oz Coca Cola

Directions:
Mix alcoholic ingredients and pour over ice in a highball glass.  Fill (around 8 oz) with Coke.

 What would you like?

 Pour me something hard like a rock.

“Ryncol (Mass Effect 2 Cocktail)”

Ingredients:
1 oz absinthe
1 oz grain alcohol
1 dash blue curacao

Directions: Shake all ingredients and pour into a small glass. Warning: not to be drank with other mysterious green liquids or batarian ale.

 You’ll like this one. It’s kind of a girly drink.

 Kirby is not my bear Tibbers…

“The Kirby”

Ingredients:
1 cherry jello shot made with Malibu Coconut Rum
4 oz. pink lemonade
2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
1 oz. Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy

Directions: Place the jello shot in the bottom of the glass first.  Slowly pour in pink lemonade, rum, and brandy.  If done properly, the jello shot will stay at the bottom of the glass.  Drink the alcohol and eat the jello shot last.  The jello shot, according to drink’s creator Shana, absorbs the alcohol in the drink, just as Kirby absorbs his enemies powers!

 You’re a Demon Jester. Therefore you must know about Demon Souls.

 *poof*

 Drink will be ready when you’re back.

“Sticky White Stuff (Demon’s Souls Cocktail)”

Ingredients:
3 oz. Yakult Asian Yogurt Drink
2 oz. Sprite
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Navan

Directions: Chill Yakult and Sprite. Pour all ingredients into glass. Stir and enjoy.

 Didn’t like that last one, Fizz?

 ULTS STILL UP MORG!

“Frog (Chrono Trigger Cocktail)”

Ingredients:
2 cl Bols Lychee
1 cl Bols Peach
1 cl Xante Pear Cognac
2 cl Gin
3 cl Vodka
A pinch of Wasabi

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into Cocktail glass.  Put two lime wedges on top to be the eyes.

 I can make it…but I thought you were trying to drink OUT of your stereotype?

 I don’t drink for me, Morgana. I drink, FOR DEMACIA!

“The Frag Grenade (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare cocktail)”

Ingredients:
Limoncello
Crème de Menth
Jagermeister
Baileys Energy drink
Black vodka

Directions: “Not so much a cocktail as a military exercise, this mission features two shooters colliding in an energy drink combat zone. Start by making a Soap MacTavish – get a shot glass and pour in limoncello, then Crème de menth. Now concoct a “Jagernaut”, which is Jagermeister, then Baileys in another shot glass. Now get a half-pint glass and fix a “Makarov” – pour in your energy drink of choice, plus a shot of Black vodka. Now, wedge your two shooters in the mouth of the half-pint glass. Your first step is to pull the pin on the Soap Mactavish, by carefully yanking the glass free and downing the shooter. This will of course, result in your Jagernaut depth charging into the Makarov – now drink the resulting combination. That’s right, it’s the ultimate shooter-‘em-up.”

 If you spill this one, I’ll make you another.

 Why…did you have to bring that up? 😦

“Noel (BlazBlue Cocktail)”

Ingredients:
5 ml gin
10 ml blue curacao
45 ml yogurt drink

Directions:  Pour the gin and yogurt drink into a glass and stir.  Then, add the blue curacao, which will sink to the bottom.

 This one is a little harder Annie…How old did you say you were again?

 Have you *hic* seen my *hic* Tibbers?

“Rapture’s Delight (Bioshock 2 Cocktail)”

Ingredients:
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1 egg white
1 oz absinthe
1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

Directions: Shake all ingredients well and pour.

 Stop pounding the ground like that!

 I’M SORRY I THROW MY DRINKS UP IN THE AIR LIKE A BOSS.

“Mudkip (Pokemon Shot)”

Ingredients:
1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps (Peachtree)
1 ounce Blue Curacao (Dekuyper)
3/8 ounce Caramel Liquor (Southern Comfort)

Directions:  Pour the Blue Curacao into a double shot glass and then, using a bar spoon, layer the Peach Schnapps and Caramel Liquor on top in that order.

 I know you don’t normally drink, but this one may tickle your fancy.

 It does look pretty fancy.

“The Dashing Prince (Katamari Damacy Shot)”

Ingredients: (recipe makes 6 shots)
1 oz Blue Curacao

1/2 oz Grenadine
2 oz Vodka
2 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
2 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz Fresh lemon juice
6 Maraschino cherries with stems

Directions: Mix the Blue Curacao and grenadine and divide into the bottom of 6 shot glasses. Pour vodka, Midori, pineapple juice, and lemon juice in a shaker and shake to combine. Carefully layer the green on top of the purple, and garnish the edge of each shot glass with a maraschino cherry. To take the shot remove the cherry from the edge and down it, and then eat the cherry afterwards. The result is a shot that’s sweet, quirky, and even a little fruity that’s best enjoyed with all your friends, just like Katamari Damacy.

More fun to come! Stay tuned!

Summoner/Champion Face Mashup!

Click on the picture for a LARGER view. I’ve started a MASSIVE champion-champion face mashup which I can’t finish all in one day. SO! To pump everybody up a bit, here’s MY Summoner face mashed up with some famous champs! If you’d like your face mashed up with your favorite champions, champion face mash-ups by request, or like to be featured on our Summoner Spotlight posts with screenshots, game logs, or anything else for that matter, let me know!