He's still someone who I watch as often as I can, even though he streams during a time where I am usually asleep or when he does have evening streams, am away at work, have other obligations, etc. I still learn from watching him even though he's primarily a toplaner, and while I learn plenty from watching pro matches, sometimes it helps to see champions in action from a streamer.
Like, to put it another way--seeing a champion perform in pro play doesn't teach me how that champion works. Playing a champion in ARAM is supposed to help teach you how that champion works, but since all I end up doing when on those champions is button mashing, I don't really learn from playing them in an ARAM. But watching a stream (or youtube video), I get a much better sense of how a champion works, and details of the game are often easier to observe.
This is one of the reasons why I actually think I've gotten better at the game in spite of playing it a fraction of the time. I watch League streams, and videos, and professional matches, and see the game from multiple angles. Now, obviously. I play Normals, not ranked, and I am an Iron-level player in Oceania a traditionally-considered-weaker region. So I am far from skilled.
But most of that is due to coordination issues. By which, I mean. Reaction time, more or less--pressing my buttons and mouse in the areas they need to be pressed, at the times they need to be pressed. I am dismal at it right now. I miss skill shots I have absolutely no right to miss. I occasionally accidentally send volleys backwards rather than forwards, or worse, enchanted crystal arrows. I press the wrong buttons, or press them at the wrong time, have poor coordination, just, all-around lack of execution.
And that is what I need to work on, though I don't actually know how to fix it, how to improve on it. But like. I usually understand how many champions work. I have fairly good awareness of the map, most of the time. I usually have a fair sense of what is happening, what needs to be done, and so on and so forth. Just, a fair idea of where the enemy is, what the enemy is doing, how winnable a fight is, and such.
Granted, being good at those things doesn't mean I am great at them. I can be overly focused on my lane and forget to think about the map. I can be engaged so much in a fight on one section of the map that I forget to check on the other side of the map. I can be focused on farming and forget to check around for the enemy champs.
And then there's other things that I am not good at. Like, I am horrible at wave management and while pro play and streamers always talk about wave management and the exact details of it, talking about it doesn't mean I am good at actually executing it and this is one of the main things that try as I might I just can't learn.
And then you throw in the added execution errors, the coordination issues, I get, and that means that even if I do have the high awareness, I can't do much.
To summarize--I am still trash-tier. Utter garbage at the game. I have poor coordination, I have poor wave management, and while I have excellent situational awareness most of the time, I can occasionally have lapses of it which end up costing me/my team a fair amount.
But while I am that bad, the worst of the worst, I still feel like in spite of my (lack of) skills, I am, overall, still improving as a player and I attribute it at least in part to watching pro games and watching streamers like fogged. It's just, some things I may never be able to absorb, and some things absorbing doesn't mean I necessarily know how to execute on them consistently where I'll botch what I was trying due to bad coordination, but like...a fair amount of that knowledge does sink in and give me a much better feel for the game.
Anyway, another thing: apparently, Legends of Runeterra does in fact have a windowed mode, and I launched it and confirmed this to be the case. So I am going to try and play some of it now for a while.