Replay Analysis – AD Bottom Caitlyn (Yahtzee)

Welcome to the first written replay analysis entry!  This replay was sent in to me by Yahtzee who is playing AD Carry bottom against…my team!  A funny twist on things to take a look at the other team, but here’s a recap for those who don’t like watching things.

The Video


The Breakdown

This was a really tight game played by both teams.  The early game seemed grim for our hero with Graves picking up two quick kills on their Soraka and leading to an early dragon for their team.  Soraka continued to fall behind in levels and didn’t ward throughout the river, leading to a jungle gank, downing bottom tower.  This wasn’t a large factor because of the midlane play with Amumu and Vladimir able to secure a few kills on enemy Karthus and Kayle, sometimes dying themselves.  These kills, however, kept both teams in close contest with only a tower and a dragon for the enemy team and a tied 8-8 game twenty minutes in.  A big fight broke out over the third dragon leading to a 4-3 kill advantage for the enemy team, however through capitalizing on a poor play on Graves, Caitlyn was able to pick up a dragon for her team.

The enemy team continued to complete objectives, taking middle tower and then top tower with a Baron soon in its wake.  With a large global gold advantage, the enemy team pushed through to the inner middle tower to be driven back and beaten by out of position Graves and a good Amumu ultimate.  This lead your team to take both middle towers and secure an Ace, putting you back into the game.  Caitlyn continued to farm well throughout the game giving a large gold advantage to herself and picks up a number of kills and some hefty late game damage.  Both teams danced around Baron until the enemy team started it and Amumu lands a great initiation bandage toss into Curse of the Sad Mummy, grabbing 4 people in it and allowing your team’s AoE through Gangplank and Vladimir to clean the fight up and win the game.

The Bad

  • Work on your map awareness.  It’s critical that you learn as much as possible about your enemy and your own team through observing how the fights progress.
  • Ward, ward, ward, ward.  You had maybe 3 wards in or around bottom lane the entire game, which is a crime against humanity.
  • You were overextended to get farm when there was no reason to.  If you don’t have vision on the enemy team, do not be in places that they can easily jump you.
  • Respect enemy laners.  You didn’t give Alistar and Graves the room they deserved and they picked up kills on Soraka for it and nearly got you a few times if they had combo’d correctly.

The Good

  • You did a great job farming and keeping up your level, which secured the game for you and your team.
  • Your positioning in the fights was really good, sometimes by happenstance, but being in the right position to live and deal damage secured many fights
  • Your team was able to hang in there despite being behind in global objectives and through great Amumu initiation (give him a pat on the back) you pulled the game out.

Replay Analysis – Send Me Your Replays!

Ever had a game you’re just confused about how you lost, wondering what you did wrong or right in order to influence a game, looking for general advice and commentary, or you’re just narcissistic?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  Here we break down your replays with at least one commentator and go over just what happened.

What does this mean?  It means I need your replays!

Replay Requirements

The requirements for us to consider your replay are as follows:

  • Must be in LOLReplay format .lrf (find it here)
  • Title of email must be:  <Summoner Name>’s Replay, Length, Your Role, Your Summoner Level and/or ELO


    • Hahano’s Replay, 34:50, Jungle, 30
    • Skillshot’s Replay, 24:10, Middle, 25
    • Chaox’s Replay, 41:02, Bottom, 30 (2450)

Must include a brief summary of why you want me to look at your replay in the body of the email.  I don’t want to see your best game ever replays.  This is not a place to gloat about your games, but a place to learn why something happened.


  • I want to know why we ended up losing this game when we started off ahead. I gave ganks to my lanes and we ended up losing teamfights, what could we have done different?
  • We managed to win, but with a really bad start. How can I improve my early game?
  • I am really struggling in this matchup, do you have any advice?

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What to Expect

I will be breaking down your game as small as I see fit and offering advice.  If it is a close game or you haven’t done too much out of the ordinary, there won’t be too much said aside from general pointers to other players who may not do things.  You will be complimented for good play, questioned on bad play and challenged to produce better gameplay.  I will never insult, belittle or crucify your play, however your name will be mentioned over the course of the game.  Videos will be uploaded to Youtube and embedded in the next week’s article along with a write-up on the key points.

I hope to see your replays come in, and until then, keep on keepin’ on.