Originally Posted by Muqq
I've only played 3v3 a few times and I really didn't enjoy it.
It seems to me that there is almost no strategy involved, apparently it's supposed to be 2 bot and 1 top? Every match I played that wasn't the case, it was just there team and my team running around everywhere. It was almost impossible to farm because every time you tried they would just rush you. I was alone up top trying to CS and all 3 would come out of no where. It just seems a bit rediculous.
Can someone run me through what a normal 3v3 game should look like? 2 bot 1 top? 2 top? 1 bot? I have no idea.
There is definitely strategy, but you have to remember that the strategy shifts pretty hardcore from one end of the game to the other. The start of 3v3s is ruled by aggressive play and smart ganks. You want to bully people into uncomfortable positions constantly, and leave to gank with as much efficiency as possible. You have to remember that it is much harder to call MIAs effectively on 3s because the amount of time to transition from one lane to another is so slight that in order to MIA correctly you'd have to call MIA the split second they leave your vision every time. It just won't cut it normally.
However unlike in 5v5s once you've secured that advantage with early aggressive play, you want to ease off a bit. If you get too cocky and push in inhibs you will usually leave your opponents with super easy farm on super minions and the inability to farm yourself. They'll actually be able to overcome you by sitting in their base, so a much more cautious style will be called for. You'll need to hold the advantage by constantly getting dragon when it's up and disallowing your opponents to venture across their half of the map.
Also, your jungler in 3s will spend less time in jungle than a jungler in 5s would. Since ganks can come so quickly he needs to take advantage of that, and because lanes can be so easily lost/won, he needs to take a part in that too. It's realistically the same responsibilities that a jungler has in 5s but he needs to concentrate on his auxillary functions even more so than normal.
Also, champions are not the same in 5s as in 3s. Some champs that have super great late games in 5s like Amumu are almost trash in 3v3. He'll never have the time to reach his late game and a champ that is as feared as him will get controlled to no end on a map as small as TT. On the other hand, champions like Rumble are incredible because of how easy it is for a bully like him to dominate a small lane like that.
Either way, the composition SHOULD look like 2 top 1 bot or 1 top, 1 bot, 1 jungler. I don't think that either composition is superior to the other and it really depends on the champs you guys are picking compared to your opponents. People use the 2 bot thing for some unknown reason to me, as it doesn't guard anything in particular except for being slightly easier to access red runes. By contrast having 2 top can make for early dragon grabs very possible and if you have champs that can go through walls it makes defending dragon a joke.