I’m going to preface this post with a little back history about Boink/Paragus and his approach to League of Legends for anyone not fortunate enough to experience it personally. You see if everything played out like Boink predicts, we would lose 90% of our games, 70% during the loading screen when you see the other team. I don’t even want to count the number of games a surrender vote has been brought up only to have us win (at times comfortable) in the end. Glass half empty is being positive here. For Boink it’s more like “rage bucket always full”.
Boink is always raging about how terrible solo ranked games are, how bad people play and the horrid number of leavers or afk’ers. I took a lot of this with a grain of salt due to the above, and figured the bad experiences were simply overstated. After all, solo or small group normal games are generally enjoyable in LoL, and while feeders/leavers happen, they are somewhat rare.
Boink was 100% accurate about solo ranked games, and I just don’t get it.
Somehow when clicking the ‘ranked game’ button, people lose all sanity and just turn into twitching sociopaths out to get THEIR OWN TEAM long before a game even gets rolling. Between people raging out during the draft, people raging out after a first blood, and the “well I’m going afk now” that happens when someone does not get middle lane, it’s just crazy.
You would think at level 30 in a normal game, you would get a lot of people playing some champion for the first time, or playing some non-optimal build ‘for fun’. After all, the game ‘does not count’, and if things don’t work out or you don’t play extremely well the game can still be fun or close, since the other team might be doing the same thing. You would also think stuff like that would NOT happen in a ranked game, yet dear god I’ve already seen a ton of people ‘just messing around’ with one of the free weekly heroes in a ranked game, or ‘trying’ some nonsense build that just very clearly DOES NOT WORK.
In addition, the forums generally have a few “Elo hell” threads going, and much like Boink’s raging, I always assumed these were more sensationalized for the sake of entertainment.
Low Elo hell is very much a real thing in LoL (I assuming at decent ranks the idiot count drops), and getting out can indeed seem impossible. Out of all the ranked games I’ve played so far, I can honestly say all but two of my losses are due to a leaver/afker/feeder, and a good number of my wins are due to the other team having such a player. That’s just crazy, and a bad string of games with those people on your team can send your Elo ranking right back to hell through no fault of your own.
Of course in the long run your Elo ranking will indeed reflect your skill level, so those who are just poor at the game will be low, and those who are skilled (or just not rage-quitting morons) will be high. It would be nice if this happened a little faster though, as that initial ‘feeling out’ process sure does feel painful, and even at the ‘average’ level of 1200 Elo the idiot ratio is uncomfortable high.
Chuck-o-the-day: Chuck Norris once beat Tiger Woods at golf so bad that Tiger was found at 2:30am dazed and bloody in a wrecked SUV with no recollection of what just happened.