The butterfly effect

How to avoid an unnecessary loss in Solo Queue

Learn how to avoid unnecessary losses in Solo Queue that occur because of the all to familiar butterfly effect

In chaos theory butterfly effect means that the smallest change at one place can result large in  differences at a later state. This works same in the league of legends where one small mistake can influence the later outcome of the game. In this article you can read about examples which can determine your victory. Little things that you don’t think about, can easily cause you to lose games.

The first example is the missing champion. When you play ranked match with your team, there is a rare situation, when you can’t swap champions. It is obvious  that you can’t swap a champion you don’t own, but this situation makes it neccessary to do a triple swap or choose an other champion. Choosing an other champion can change the outcome of the game. For example if you have first pick and you have the advantage to pick the most broken champion (for example renekton ), but you don’t have it, you give away the advantage to the enemy. Remember in tournaments you can use placeholder champions if it is allowed.

Don’t afk in the champion selection or the loading screen.  Afking in champion select can make troubles in the further game.  The not correctly chosen or created mastery/runepage is a huge mistake and it can completely destroy the lane.  In the loading screen you need to examine the team compositions, possible early game strategies, your starting item, the first  ganks/counterganks, and the invade, etc. If you miss the first minute of the game due to afk, your whole team can suffer from your mistake.

1. Picture: 2 Afk at game start

2. Picture Thresh is missing the invade

 

Bad communication is the next reason of the uprising problems. A badly called miss is the most common mistake. Try to indicate it harder that someone is missing (more pings, spam ss), so the others can anticipate a gank and react to it accordingly. Dieing due to roam can lead to a totally snowballed lane and all of this because of a bad call. An overfed enemy can easily carry the game, especially in soloq. Always warn your team before the game about  how much depends on this game and they play for themselves. You can prevent players to make mistakes with the weapon of responsibility.

3. Picture Always warn your teammates to check their runes and mastery

Players lose their morale often in some situation. After a first blood, players of the leading team usually play more calm than the opposite team. Usually you can try to abuse this to by doing an all in on an enemy champion even if it means taking some risk(at mostly mid range and lowelo). In soloq there is a case where a team loses their attention due to being overfed. They risk more and they can easily throw away the match with some overextend. There is also a situation when one of the team’s players is fed, but the rest of the players are behind/or are even in comparism to the opposite team members. In this situation the team mates of the fed player change their mentality, they think the fed player will carry the whole game and they have nothing to do. If the overfed player can’t carry the game it can cause a loss following throw after throw.

Not only your team’s mentality changes during games. Always keep an eye on yourself and notice your own faults and good movements. If you play calm you don’t make many mistakes in last hits and you don’t overextend that much either. Whenever you lose your mind you make it harder for both yourself and the team to win. It can result in you getting into a huge losing streak, and one or two bad games are enough to make this happen. Flaming others and vice versa is the first step. You should stop playing, especially ranked matches if you can’t cooperate, or you will find some losses in your match histor. It is advisable to stop playing for that day, as it is likely that your losing streak won’t stop too soon. If you notice correctly your own mistakes you will recognizeit as well, whose fault it is, that you lose the game.

So what is notable, after you play for a long time you’ll lose your concentration as likely as your morale and calmness.

Summarizing this article let’s see an example of the League of legends „butterfly effect”.:

You wake up early in the morning and you decide to play some league of legends soloq at the midrange elo (1800)(mostly platina elo). You are first pick, making the bans, and picking your main role, let’s say renekton top. Then you go for afk, making a coffee, going to the toilet etc. You arrive back, but game has started 20 seconds ago. You buy a doran’s shield and check who your enemy is, and you realise it’s teemo top. (damn I haven’t changed my runepage after I played yesterday vs 5 ad enemy team, so I don’t have flat magic resistance.) Your botlane arrives at the tribush at 1 min and your support dies due to facechecking it, while the enemy invades. (let’s say nobody warned them not to do it). Your midlaner rages at the support a little but everyone remain calm.(however deep in their minds they already lost a little bit of morale). As the game processess you realise you can’t do anything versus teemo other than farming, but you start losing your calmness because he is leading by 15 minions at the tenth minute and you don’t have any chance to kill him without a jungler. Your jungler ganks bottom lane but dies due to a countergank. Enemy team takes dragon and your team’s morale becomes really bad (they start flaming each other). You have an opportunity to kill the teemo with an ultimate and you succeed. It doesn’t make any difference because enemy mid, bot and jungler keep on dominating and even you can’t help to turn the game around. It all happened because of small things. Your team lost morale since first blood and after that they lost their mind because of raging.

You start an other game but you lost some morale and calmness as well due to the defeat. You start an other game but now you call jungle because you are a little bit angry on the last one. You have a nice level 1 for invade as the enemy had in the previous game, but your team is afk when the game starts (noone told them in the champ select not to afk :D). You are totally out of your mind and you do an reckless move by diving out enemy botlane, resulting in a huge loss. You lose this game too.

If you spam soloq again you won’t play better  without realizing your mistakes. You can lose a lot of games in a row after that.

This is how it works in league of legends especially in the soloq. Thanks for reading and watch out for the upcoming articles. I hope you enjoyed and learned from it.

                                                                                               2014.02.02 Matthew

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