Wukong v. Gangplank Top, Bronze 4

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IGN: xXEric RushXx

General Notes

There’s a number of issues throughout this game that I point out in the video that could have gone better. I won’t rehash them here, check out the VOD.

The biggest problem in this game is how much time you spend split pushing. Almost every single time you split in this game it’s the wrong call – and the one time it was arguably the right call (you pulled attention away from mid lane by splitting bot), you overstayed and got killed.

Splitting seems simple, but doing it correctly requires an awful lot of map awareness and game knowledge. You need to make sure you’re warding constantly so you have good information about who is coming to stop you; you need to time your splits so that you’re forcing the enemy team to make a choice between dealing with you or dealing with your team; you need to remember that your first priority is creating pressure, and that getting kills or taking turrets is just a bonus; and most important to this particular game, you need to be sure you team can handle the 4v5 while you’re gone.

If you want to play the split pushing game, I’d suggest playing a different champion. Tryndamere, Quinn, Udyr, Yi, Shaco, Teemo and some others all offer really strong splitting ability, and don’t sacrifice much teamfighting presence by being gone.

Wu, on the other hand, is massive in teamfights. His ult is gamechanging when used correctly. Splitting with Wu should only be used as an absolute last resort – he will almost always be significantly more effective with his team. Your team loses fight after fight while you’re in another lane, and because you’re not picking particularly great times and places to split in, you’re not getting anything in return for the fights your team is losing.

So, the first task is to improve your ability to analyze the team comps and the champion you’re playing – is this a team I can effectively split against? Does my team have the tools to 4v5? Am I going to be most effective splitting, or teamfighting? The second task is to improve the speed at which you realize your current strategy isn’t working. After your team lost the first 4v5, that should have been your queue to start grouping. Don’t make that mistake more than once if you don’t have to – when a situation like that happens, try to analyze it and come up with a plan for not allowing it to happen again.

And just so you know, that’s an advanced concept. It’s something that top level players are still learning to do well. But the sooner you start thinking this way about your games, the better.

Thanks for the opportunity to take a look at this game, I hope it’s helpful. Best of luck!

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