Getting Rid Of The Solo Queue Fear.
How to prevent tilt whilst simultaneously improving your mentality at League of Legends.
The fear of failure is an extremely common trait that most gamers own, and this applies to almost any competitive game they play; League of Legend Ranked appears to be no exception. Solo Queue has been giving a horrendous reputation by its players, and for an extremely good reason. Not playing Solo Queue seems to have a lot more immediate benefits than playing it, yet despite that people still enjoy diving head first into the pit of destruction, and develop a overwhelming fear of losing. In order to get over the fear of Solo Queue, you first need to understand what's so bad about it. In this article I cover the worst parts about Solo Queue and the League of Legends community, and recommend that you instead focus on improving your own playstyle. Losing lane and going on losing streaks isn't the best feeling in the world, but if you manage to recover from the worst case scenario and continue to play, nothing can stand in your way, and you’ll notice your mood and enjoyment of the game improve staggeringly fast.
The number one advice I can give to people dreading to go into a Ranked game is to first and foremost, learn to have fun! Being passionate about a game such as League of Legends is understandable, and the drive to improve will push you to unbelievable new heights, yet some people mistake their passion and instead take it out in anger, they want to believe that everyone else is also putting in their 100% before they themselves attempt to try, causing them to not focus on their own role, and in most scenarios, resulting in them making massive game throwing misplays. This article will cover just how exactly you can get over your Solo Queue fears, learn to fully enjoy the game for its full magnificence, and other game altering advice. Let's delve right in.
The Fear Of Playing Ranked.
The fear of playing Ranked is actually an extremely common aspect in most League of Legend players, and as an attempt to reduce that fear, they try to play a limited amount of games, one or two a day, or sometimes even less. That, in itself, is a huge mistake. By playing a very limited amount of Ranked, you put a lot more emphasis on those games, resulting in them meaning more to you from a mental point of view, such as losing a Solo Queue game can deter you from playing another the next day and so on. One of the main issue that most League of Legend players need to remember, is that the good moments will always outweigh the bad, you’re more likely to make crazy plays, get insane comebacks, and earn huge winning streaks than make bad plays or being put in a rough game with troll teammates. By playing more games you put a lot more importance on the happiness and joy you get for making an absurd game changing play, or for carrying your team, instead of the mistakes, and frustration, you’re more than likely to get due to a loss.
I like to think that i’ve accomplished a pretty satisfying amount in League of Legends, getting Diamond two seasons in a row and being quite close to Masters this season, this makes me quite above average in terms of Solo Queue. But I wasn’t always like this, in fact I remember the days I used to be stuck in bronze and silver, complaining to every and anyone I could find. So how exactly did I get good at League of Legends, whilst also getting rid of my fear to play Solo Queue? It’s simple, I started treating League of Legends as a challenge, one that I was determined to beat. I started embracing the losses, treating them as a small learning curve, and refused to move on till I found out exactly what I did wrong, and worked on improving it immediately. At the end I got good simply from straight practise, I didn’t let myself get tilted due to bad games and moved on almost instantly, determined to carry the next one. I’m sure most players share my trepidation of Solo Queue, but it helps massively to focus on the things you can control and improve upon: Strive to last hit better, ward, watch the map, make much better calls, and get better objective control. Focusing on the good rather than the bad will also improve your mentality, and eventually you’ll start to notice yourself improving significantly faster. Watching Youtube Videos or Guides will also help increase your game knowledge tremendously. LoLBoost has some amazing guides that has helped many players reach new and exciting levels of play. Sometimes it just helps to watch the pro’s and see just exactly what they do whilst trying to mimic them into your own games.
How To Stop Losing Streaks And Tilt.
Initially, losing streaks happen due to tilt. Tilt is an emotional reaction caused by you feeling threatened at the idea of losing more elo and ultimately dropping down in ranks. The word tilt, was actually derived from Poker, and it has the same meaning as in League of Legends or any other game. What happens is, you lose a couple of games, and it starts getting to your head, you start getting tense, you lose rational thinking and start raging at anyone in sight, this causes you to lose even more games, resulting in a losing streak.
Mistakes happen every game, and they’re usually what set people on tilt. Everyone makes these mistakes and you’re not an exception. However, during tilt you start paying more attention to your teammates, and the fear of having a bad team causes you to keep a close eye on them, and after every mistake that you notice, you get more and more agitated, causing you to start acting irrationally. In order to break the losing streak and get back to winning, you need to stop this tilt from affecting your gameplay. This is best done by just taking a long break, maybe a hot shower or a good night's sleep, and overall relaxing a bit from the stress League of Legend gives. Yet if you don’t feel like taking a break and want to continue, controlling your emotions is the best move you can make. Stop watching the other lanes, and focus on yourself the most, and as soon as you’re playing optimally and hopefully snowballing your own lane, you can start paying attention to your team, and start roaming to help. Another way to prevent tilt is to generally stop caring about winning, I don’t mean for you to go AFK or not play your best, just to stop worrying about the factor of losing or gaining elo. If you play the game in order to have fun and improve, losing a game wont make you tilt, but in fact cause the opposite effect, giving you a useful learning experience. By focusing on the positives, you can continue playing better with a clear mind. If you can keep yourself from caring about each individual game and whether you’ll win or lose, but instead start looking at your gaming career through a broader perspective, then you’ll rage less, win more and rarely go on losing streaks.
Coming Back From A Lost Lane.
League of Legends revolves around 5v5 on a map called Summoners Rift. This map has three different lanes, Top, Mid, and Bot. Jungle usually roams and snowballs the other lanes whilst maintaining objective control. But what happens when you lose a lane and the jungler can’t help you? Should you cry in all chat about a ‘noob’ jungler then AFK, or should you focus on the game and try coming back. Most lanes in League of Legends are extremely snowbally, meaning once you gain a lead its very hard for the enemy laner to swing the lane back into their favour, especially if you’re playing flawlessly, that's why a lot of emphasis is put on the junglers for assistance, and they usually get the blame if they don’t help.
The way MOBA’s are structured in general are based around out-thinking and outplaying your opponent, and using that lead to usually gain objectives and win the game. But neither Solo Queue players nor Pro players play the game perfectly, resulting in lots of opportunities for good players. Losing a lane can be due to anything, from getting ganked early or just simply by getting outplayed, but getting back that lead requires patience and optimal play. Capitalizing on the enemy’s mistakes is a huge factor in winning a lane, and if you’re able to see a mistake and prioritise it, you can very easily outplay the enemy, and most likely swing the lane to your favour, even if you’re behind. If you’re low you should always keep an eye out for when the enemy over commits, and either ask for a gank from your jungler, or to wait out the lane, and harass the enemy when they make a mistake, no matter how insignificant. By turning around a normally bad situation such as a stupid dive or bad trade, you can potentially kill the opponent, or at the very least make him waste some resources in order to get out alive, giving you a bit of breathing room and possible a come back in the once lost lane.
Nearly every player makes mistakes, no matter how small, and by playing both safe and smart, you can notice them and accumulate small advantages because of them. If you stay focused and keep on trying, you’ll have an opportunity to come back, it's all about whether you can notice the opportunity by focusing hard on the game. One of the main tools used to help players outplay the enemy is summoner spells such as Flash or Ignite. Timing your opponent's summoner spells gives you a massive advantage while both behind and ahead. It allows you to make plays that you usually wouldn't be able too, while if you’re ahead in summoner spells it gives you a pretty massive advantage. Knowing the time of your opponent's summoner spells can also be useful for when they decide to engage or even harass you, if you see them overcommit without Flash, then you know you could probably kill them easier. This obviously varies from lane to lane, and requires both game knowledge and Champions knowledge in order to make it work.
Dealing With Troll Teammates.
I like to believe that with the right attitude, you can always turn a troll or a toxic player back into a good teammate that can help you win the game, yet obviously in most scenarios, this doesn't seem to be the case. Sometimes you get a troll, and when you do, if your number one priority is to win the game, then the best thing you can do is to use the ignore button. A lot of people, including me, hesitate to ignore my team mates, yet it’s usually the best move to make. If you can't see what your toxic teammate is saying, then he can't put you on tilt through his verbal abuse, and you’ll find it much easier to just focus on the game and carry. A good number of people feel the need to defend themselves from hurtful comments hurled their way about their plays, yet this automatically puts you on a disadvantage from the enemy team, since you’re spending your time arguing and getting frustrated at your team, while they’re playing without any interruptions. Trolls usually cause you to not put 100% of your attention on the game, meaning you’re not playing at your best, this can cause you to make a couple of mistakes that might end up making you lose the game, even if it’s something as small as typing back a response.
Another mistake most players do is to bring up ignoring someone, or to type it to them in the chat. By doing this, you’re stooping down to their levels and basically saying I’m too good to hear what you have to say, so I’m muting you, this will not only offend most people but cause them to feel like you’re the toxic one, and they’ll end up reporting you instead. Trolls do what they do for a reaction, and by ignoring them completely they’ll most likely stay quiet and just play the game, but by saying you’re ignoring them, you’ve confirmed that their trolling was successful, and instead of quietly sitting down like they should, they will most likely do something worse such as interfering with your gameplay or intentionally feeding in order to gain more attention. If you simply ignore the toxic players, not only will they not be able to throw you off with their stupid comments and insults, but you’ll also be increasing the chance that they don't pay any attention to you, and in the end, no matter how mad they are, you won’t be involved, neither in the tribunal (by getting reported) nor in any type of gameplay interference.
Playing What You Want.
We’re currently in patch 5.15 in League of Legends, and as one Season comes to an end, another blossoms. The Meta will continue to evolve accordingly, resulting in different Champions and roles becoming stronger. The Meta is one of the main game components that most players wanting to gain Elo must learn to utilise, and by being ahead of the Meta, you’ll find yourself winning and carrying much more games. That isn’t a reason to play a completely new Champion you don’t like however, in fact I’d urge you to play one you’d enjoy and have experience with. Yet if you don’t manage to get your prefered role or Champion, don’t fret! Focus on universal strengths and positive points that a player may have regardless of what position they got. Leadership, positioning, warding, map awareness, smart play, teamwork and communication. League of Legends has a huge amount of room for personal growth regardless of the mechanic and position involved, and by prioritising your own improvement instead of playing what's considered good this Meta, you’ll climb and have fun at the same time.
Another reason people fear ranked is due to versing the unknown, theres over 100 Champions, with more coming out increasingly fast. By playing a League of Legends game, you can expect to be verse any one of those Champions. Knowing who dominates this Season and for what reason can help you know what to expect, and if you know how to play around it well, your Ranked games will end up being much easier than before.
The fear of Solo Queue usually stems from a fear of failure, failure that you won’t play as good as you usually do, something more commonly known as stage fright. This can lead to various actions that can also cause you to tilt, such as blaming teammates or refusing to see your own mistakes, and in return will end up making you play worse and worse. Not playing Ranked seems to have a lot more immediate benefits than actually playing Ranked, and this seems to lead people away from the dreaded Solo Queue, so why exactly do people do it? For the love of the game of course and the will to improve at it. People play League of Legends because they utterly adore the game, and honestly that is something that no League player can deny. Playing and continuously improving in League of Legends helps its player base see past the Solo Queue horrors it possesses. Ignoring trolls and other toxic players will also increase your enjoyment of the game by a large portion, meaning you’ll not only play better, but also want to play more, increasing your elo gains faster and faster. So as long as you understand that Solo Queue isn't really scary at all, and can actually be fun once in a while, you’ll lose the fear of Solo Queue, and be able to play it a lot more than before.
Good luck in your Solo Queue games fellow Summoners and don’t forget to have fun.
Written by: Prince
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