Ah, I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Actually, it was yesterday.
Level 7, about 2400 IPs, nothing special but things are getting slightly more "serious".
The first match of the day, four out of five of us were discussing strategy during champion select, you know, "I go top, I go bot if a tank comes with me..." .
Then the fifth guy woke up, stating in all capitals: "who caaaares!!!".
I replied "Well, I think you should care ", and a few seconds later he disconnected, ending the match before it started. Good, because that would have been a loss otherwise.
Now I noticed that there is at least one AFK/leaver every other match, if not one per team or more. The amazing fact is that nobody seems to surrender, and I had very tough and fun 5v4 matches.
Also still good sportsmanship on both sides from 90% of the players. Lots of honour points given and received, both from/to teammates and opponents.
Another thing I noticed is that hardly anyone cares about the jungle and its monsters/buffs, except that one guy that really wanted to kill the Baron at low champion level. I guess it was a personal revenge; the Baron must have eaten his family or something.
I think I won the last four consecutive matches, with the last being the most epic as one of our mates was AFK since the beginning, but nobody even commented about it and we just slowly inched our way to the enemy nexus and destroyed it.
We were simply better organized, with one champion on each lane plus one roaming, occasionally leaving one lane unoccupied to defend a turret as needed.
At that point I was regularly using the blue buff courtesy of the Ancient Golem, thanks to the very useful Smite spell. That in combination with Spirit of the Ancient Golem, Black Shield and her Spell Vamp can make Morgana very difficult to kill.
When retreating, I usually shot a Binding Sphere while running, which froze my pursuer in place and allowed me to reach safety.
When attacking, the Binding Sphere proved also very useful. Freeze a melee opponent, possibly on a Tormented Soil, then smack them with the Deathfire Grasp and if they still move finish them off with Soul Shackles.