I beg to differ, here's an updated. As you can see, don't play much Bard anymore. Can't play it at a plat level.
Used to main shy top, then did jungle when devourer was still in the game.
I think she's pretty strong champion. Kind of relies on her opponent mispositioning to get kills on her, since she has no cc pre 6, and even at 6 it isn't that great.
I don't like her top a whole lot anymore because if you want to trade with someone you pretty much have to push which can get you ganked pretty easily if your opponent freezes on you.
Other than those weaknesses she's strong, cam shred tanks and wreck low mobility squishes.
Currently maining shen, 72% Winrate top lane in Plat 3 currently.
Level 1 is super important, you get to lane early and place your Q in the closest bush to their turret, they try and cs you Q 3 auto them and they have to pop pots and lose pressure. By the time they are at hp to do anything, you've hit level 2 and position to Q auto trade into taunt.
This only really works in melee matchups since he gets shit on by ranged more so now than before.
Your big weakness is that you can't shove hard until you get sunfire and titanic hydra. So basically you have to play safe enough where you don't get out traded so that when you hit 6, you can make the play with your tp still available to respond to their shove after your ulti. I run cdr blues and get cdr boots pretty fast, this way since you were forced to tp back to lane after ulting, you'll eventually have the cdr to be able to ult once, tp back, then ult again when your lane makes a desperation play with their tp. But you gotta communicate to your team when your tp is down and theirs is up, but if you made a good play with first ulti, your lane is ahead now and can just play safe until you have ulti again.
I guess I didn't answer your question completely but it depends on the teams really, if my bot lane has a lot of cc I'll try and make an aggressive play to get them ahead. If their jungler got an early fb I'll switch to reactive play to make sure their jungle doesn't get more kills. It's not very black and white on how to use your ultimate. During loading screen is when you should be assessing how you plan to play out early and mid game.
If I go even, will I have split push pressure? If no, then I get zzrot 2nd item and delay titanic so that I don't lose my tower when I have to ult. If yes then I get titanic hydra 2nd item.
Idk basic questions usually have pretty basic answers but it takes time to think about these things on the fly. Try and premeditate as much as possible though.
Idk I don't think he's that hard anymore, took like 5 or 6 games to get really comfortable on him.
I play him top with grasp of undying. It's kind of rough early since you don't have dmg but you can pretty easily just farm and freeze lane with wind wall and build cs lead til you have a couple of items.
And why the fuck aren't you maining our holy Paladin of Righteousness and Justice Lord Commander Garen Crownguard?