The Power Of Speech
Carrying Solo Queue Games By Raising Team Morale.
A popular believe is that In most scenarios, reacting to a negative comment with a positive attitude can help add fuel to the fire, resulting in the scenario worsening and eventually elevating out of control. This links into the League of Legend mentality of handling trolls and ragers, emerging into them just simply getting ignored. One piece of advice that’s seemed to be thrown back at anyone asking to climb through the depths of elo-hell is to focus solely on the game, turn off all chat, ignore all the players on your team, and just let your plays speak for themselves. This advice might work for players that tilt easily, since not only does it help them focus on the game, it also stops them wasting time through typing back meaningless responses. Yet, what happens when your team slowly falls apart through toxicity and negativity in the chat, It might not affect you since you muted everyone, but it’ll surely affect your teams mentality, and you’ll realise that they’ll play worse if not give up completely. What this article is going to help you understand is that speech has much more power than most people realise. You don’t win games by muting your teammates, but in fact, by talking to them, and helping them not only play better, but together, as a team.
The Team Morale.
Every competitive gamer should never focus on trying to surrender more so than trying to play the game. So many players go into a ‘We Lost’ mindset, proceeding in them trying to surrender frequently, and usually, making the game go downhill. Being demotivated enough to put loss before the game usually adds more pressure onto said game, deriving into not only more forced, riskier plays, but in an overall lack of morale. The ‘We Lost’ mindset can be caused through multiple things such as toxicity, a bad champion pool, or even something as simple as giving away first blood. The best way to react to such a reaction is to calmly assure them that the game is never lost until the nexus explodes, and to continue focusing solely on your own game.
Just hearing the announcer say ‘First Blood’ gives me all sorts of emotions, either relief and unparalleled happiness, or intense fear. It can either be the most beautiful or horrifying sound to a League of Legends player, determining whether you can trust your team and let them carry you, or have to work even harder in order to win that game. First Blood is one of the biggest factors in determining your teams morale, especially in lower elo. If you manage to obtain it you’ll be imprinted into your teammates minds. By focusing on getting an early lead, and not throwing it away, you can very easily gain the trust of your teammates, and through positive feedback, good wards, and objective control, your team will know to trust you, and potentially follow any important shots you might make.
Another way to improve morale among your team is by rewarding them after each good move. A simple ‘good job!’ after a play can help encourage them into making more good plays, and subconsciously lead to them wanting your approval again, meaning that they’ll play smarter, and possibly even better than before. Even a ‘You’ll get him next time’ after a fail ensures that you believe in your teammates ability, and instead of playing on tilt, they’ll instead focus on overcoming their mistake and getting back the lead they needlessly lost. As long as you focus on your own lane and help motivate your teammates to continue playing and never give up, you’ll feel like wanting to win even more, and have fun whilst doing so.
Be The Shot Caller.
The morale and determination of a team makes or breaks games most of the time, yet what players don't seem to realise is how huge its impact on their team is, and just how much it influences their plays.
A long while ago, I was playing a Solo Queue game on summoners rift, I was high Diamond at the time, and wanted to continue climbing. The game wasn’t going so well, and my team and I were struggling to hold on; we barely scratched the enemy's towers, whilst we were reduced to one Inhibitor and two Nexus towers. It was at this point where the opponents started all chatting ,’GG EZ’, and ‘GG L2P’. This irritated me to no end, yet my team seemed to have already given up, the jungler selling all of their items and buying six Tear of the Goddess’. Spurred into a bit of rage I began ‘rallying my team’, sprouting words of encouragement, determined to win this game. From that point on I was pretty much in charge of keeping up team morale and directing them around, and quite amusingly they followed me. I was the last spark of hope for them, and through me, the game actually looked winnable. After playing defensive for 30 minutes, draining out any resource we had left, we decided to teamfight, and surprisingly enough, we got an Ace. After annihilating the enemy team, we managed to push hard as five, and finally ended the sixty minute game. At the end, I praised my team one last time, leaving with a huge smile on my face. That game proved to me that keeping spirits high and directing your teams wrath at the enemy really does make a huge difference to the outcome of any game, and with the correct amount of game knowledge and determination, no game is unwinnable. Not only did my team manage to not tilt and flame due to me keeping them focused, we also felt like we accomplished something much bigger than a win, and I’m pretty sure we all left with a huge grin on our faces.
Focus On Your Own Game.
In order to motivate your teammates, you first need to be able to win your own lane, and ultimately focus on playing your best. Keeping an eye out for obvious mistakes and baits can all accumulate into the ability to rally your teammates into playing better.
Players acting wierd can be due to multiple reasons, the first simply being because they’re bad. Yet the higher elo you get, the more you realise that every enemy mistake has a reason behind it, whether its something dumb like dying to get that minion, or something devious such as baiting you into diving then killing you. An obvious trait you can keep an eye for that most players do is, If you’re winning your lane and your opponent suddenly starts acting like he wants to fight you, you may assume he’s just misplaying, but his actions are usually because he knows something that you don’t; the position of his teammates, and how they will likely kill you if he can bait you into fighting him. If you play greedy, you will get killed. If you play smart and want to win, you’ll die much less. If you’re not so hungry for kills or an advantage, then you’ll very rarely get caught out in suicidal situations, you’ll have a headstart on escaping through ganks, you won’t overextend so much, and it’s much less likely you’ll get caught out split pushing or facechecking. In order to carry a bad team, or someone who's feeding, you need to be playing at your very best, and through making much smarter decisions than you usually do, you’ll be able to gain gold without giving anything away, meaning you’ll have a huge advantage.
Just like an army needs confidence in order to charge into war, your team needs confidence too, and you can always do your part by playing the game to the max of your abilities. The best move you can make during a League of Legends match is to focus on your game, no matter what. Don’t berate people for dying early or building incorrectly, and before giving off any advice or offering to help, make sure you’re winning your own lane, since some players get defensive when being told how to play by someone doing worse than them. Another game changing piece of advice I can give is to ward. No matter how simple it sounds, a single ward in the enemy's jungle can not only see where the enemy Jungler is, but can also lead to you knowing how vulnerable they are, and whether you can kill them or not. Playing well is a huge factor in winning League of Legends games, but being able to motivate and inspire your teammates into wanting to win as much as you helps immensely.
So remember, play smart, be nice, and don’t forget to motivate your teammates.
Written by: Prince
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