... and back to jibba jabba. Cut the shite out of my finger last night cleaning some tongs from hell so typing is a bit awk, but w/e.
So here's my current league strat. Try to minimize total roles played along with champ pool. Biggest enemy is boredom. Biggest gain is elo. I've been keeping with the same strategy of queueing up top/mid. If I get mid, I ask if I can swap with the top fella. If not, I'm going to stay focused on a smaller pool of sometimes banned champs - syndra being my number 1 pick if she's free... then fizz, then lux... maybe add swain.
For top I'm trying to super streamline picks. Yorick if tank/split push needed. Camille if shes ever free. Kled if bruiser needed and I've added in swain lately... who I'm still trying to figure out. I think I have the general macro game down on Yorick. I might need to be a little more judicious on when I group with him, but I'm getting very good with communicating what I'm up to so people don't repeatedly try a 4v5; other than that, I think I have most things figured out with him, which is swell (nice when you get to a point with a champ when you know exactly how much damage you do, where your power spikes are - and yoricks really nice because he can seem weak and then you just pop off).
Camille prob needs a nerf. You can play around her to some degree, but she demands way more respect than she should and influences who you can play against her way too much. The only way I've seen Camilles stopped is to go tank or poppy against her and get a jungle gank or 2 in on her so the lane phase gets crushed. If you are even, she has a big advantage. If she falls behind, you can generally deal with her. Wish I could play her more, but I'm lucky if I get 1 or 2 games a night w/ her.
I feel pretty solid with Kled and I think I play him well. I work the lane fine, I roam, I group, I go for plays when ult up, etc. Like the champ and think he's reasonably balanced. I also do fine with split pushing vs grouping
Swain... well, I've been watching quite a few high elo replays and am working on him. I do a good job with mana management during laning and zone/win trades pretty easily. I'm absolutely abysmal with figuring out when to group with him - I just don't have a good feel for it yet and the doods slow. I still kind of blow with mana management once I get my ult as the cooldown on turing off his ult makes a pretty decent window for folks to attack... anyway, tons of stuff to learn with him and figure out. Might put in a bunch of reps.
Currently gold 1 in flex.