How to Deal with Ranked Anxiety in LoL

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G’day I’m UberGiantsBro and today I’m going to show you how to deal with ranked anxiety in League of Legends. I used to have ranked anxiety back in season 1 about when the season 1 rewards were announced because this made take ranked more seriously. Now this anxiety made me a toxic player, believe it or not.

I stopped enjoying playing the game because it just made me angry and I only started enjoying League again when I was able to deal with my anxiety through some advice my older brother gave me that I’ll show you in this video. After that I’ll tell you 3 of THE most important things you should always remember when approaching ranked games so keep watching.

Now before I fixed my anxiety there was a big hurdle that I had to overcome. I’m not a psychologist and I’m not going to explain to you how the brain works or anything like that but one of the things I had to realise was that it was okay for me to be angry. What wasn’t okay was how I expressed it. The main challenge for me in dealing with my anxiety was not to stop myself getting angry but to focus more on other emotions, the ones that help me play better and let me improve.

So I would still get angry but instead of raging at others I would focus harder on my game, concentrate on what I could do better next time and use that anger as motivation to improve myself.

Now this small change in my mindset had a massive impact on how I played and thought about the game. I started enjoying the game more. And because I was enjoying the game more, I was more motivated to improve as a player and learn from my mistakes and I went from about 1600 elo (which was gold) in season 1 to around 2200 elo in season 2 on the NA server with 200 ping.

It was like the dam of improvement was unblocked and all the elo came rushing out. I’m not boasting about my elo but just giving you an example of how a small change in your mentality can make the biggest difference in your overall skill and improvement as a player.

So obviously not everyone will have the same anxiety or the same goal in League of Legends but if you’re hitting a wall in your improvement, or you’re “stuck in elo hell” or WHATEVER, it might be because you’re focusing on the wrong thing. You could be getting bogged down in your anger like I was or you could frustrated at the afkers and this stops from you improving (because you’re no longer concentrating on improving!), or you could be scared of even playing ranked because of the ragers you’ve heard about. These are just some examples of ranked anxiety you might be dealing with.

Whatever the cause for your ranked anxiety is, there’s a couple things you should remember;

1. League of Legends is just a game.

As cliche as that sounds and as funny as those jokes like chicks dig elo are at the end of the day that’s all League of Legends is. It’s a game. And unless you’re a professional at League of Legends or trying to get into the pro scene and you need the higher rank to get scouted or whatever then your ranking is only for you. If you have pressure or issues in real life that are giving you anxiety, please deal with them directly.

2. You have time to increase your rank.

Now unless you’re racing for a higher tier to get an end of season reward or you’re studying League of Legends and your homework is to get silver by next week, remember that you have TIME to increase your rank. In the overall context of you playing League of Legends, it doesn’t really matter if you lost that long ranked game or even that placement series (FOR WHATEVER REASON), what does matter is that you LEARN from it so that you’re more likely to win next time. Focus on one simple thing you can get better at and your rank will soon follow.

3. If you’re *THAT* good, you will get to where you belong eventually.

Unfortunately this might make you realise that you’re not as good as you believe you are. But that’s okay, because like I said before, all it takes is a shift in mentality to focusing on your mistakes and improving instead of getting angry about afkers or how bad your team is. I once made a new account along with my brother who’s also challenger. We leveled it up from scratch and only played with eachother for fun and jumped straight into ranked when we had the minimum characters. We got to challenger in X games, and people around us were amazed to see us rank up that fast. But the thing is, we weren’t, we knew that it was only a matter of time like I said in point 2.

We had about 5 4v5’s on the way up to challenger and we even won a couple of them, but we weren’t angry at the others because we knew that in the context of things a loss here or there didn’t really matter because we would get to challenger anyway. I mained Heimerdinger and he mained Warwick for the most part.

Now, continuing on from point 2 and 3 where I say it’s only a matter of time, you might be saying “well it’s going to take forever because I struggle to see my own mistakes and I don’t have that much time in the first place”. Great. That’s why myself and my two brothers have put hours and hours into creating the most complete League of Legends guide out there so that you can save yourself time.

If you’re gold and below and value your time and would like to speed up your improvement then check out Summoner School at thelolguide.com If you’re above gold you can still learn from it but there are basic concepts covered in the guide which you might want to skip over.

That’s all for this video on how to deal with Ranked anxiety in LoL, please thumb it up if you learned from it or enjoyed it and until next time all the best in solo queue.

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The Best Solo Queue Cheese In LoL

Solo Queue Cheese

There are plenty of good Cheese tactics out there – sly tricks that catch people off guard or nab easy kills – that players like to use gain elo, but what are the best ones? Keep reading as I try to avoid making cheese related puns…. and as I give you my top 8 solo queue cheeses.

1. The ‘Blue Buff Bum Rush’.

Commonly known in low elo as the ‘we have Blitzcrank, let’s invade’ tactic, this cheese works surprisingly often in solo queue. Normally it depends on how fast your team gets out of the blocks to decide if you actually want to sprint to their blue or not. All you do is tell your team to buy fast in champion select (“Cause we’re invading yo”) and then make a beeline for their blue (if everyone bought fast). You can go through the mid lane but I would recommend crossing the river and getting your support to explorer ward that middle river bush on your way past (to make sure no sneaky hobbits spot you). Then run straight to the blue and ward it and back out if you don’t catch anyone.

This strat could be dangerous, especially against an aware support but it more often than not does good than bad in solo queue. And hey if it back fires, have a quick laugh about it with your team and move on to the next cheese tactic.

2. The ‘Level 2 All-In’.

Great for top, bot lane and those mids that are reliant on snowballing early (like Pantheon) this tactic requires you to push a tiny bit (not too much or the enemy may just back off completely) so that you can hit level 2 first and use your level, skill, health and damage advantage to ‘all-in’ your opponent(s). Red pots are a great start for this strat because of the extra AD and Health they give you depending on what champion you’re playing. The key to executing this cheese comes with how you push the lane. You don’t want to push too hard else they may just let you push all the way up to the tower and not lose anything because none of your creeps will have died yet. You want to push just fast enough so that you hit level 2 one or two creeps ahead of them but not so fast that you scare them off.

***BONUS CHEESE (Flat Out Early Pushing).

Most LoL players generally suck at last hitting under their tower (especially in lower elos) so one thing you can do to reduce how much cs (and therefor gold) they acquire is to push them under their tower hard early game. The reason early game (level 1-5) is the best time to do this is because players generally start getting more abilities or items that help them last hit under the tower easily after their first buy or simply when they level up. You want to start being careful around level 5 or 6 because that’s when the enemy Jungler may be looking to gank you with his ultimate. In general, hard pushing someone against their turret allows you to harass them easier (because they have to be stationary at some point to get cs) or put damage onto the turret. ps. make sure you have wards for this or tell all your lanes to push aggressively (this may be hard to pull off as a team in solo queue).

3. The ‘Recall Bait’.

This one is a bit tricky. There is also two different types of recall baits which I’ll explain now. The first isn’t as good but it can work sometimes. Simply recall to town in sight of your opponent to bait them in closer for a kill (preferably with your Jungler nearby, out of line of sight). It’s similar to this classic ‘fake dc’ by Dyrus. The second one, well I think the best way to explain it is for you to watch this recall bait. Basically, you stand right near a bush but not in it as if you were supposed to go into the bush to recall and start your recall, but right before you recall, cancel it and run inside the bush. This can trick them into thinking you actually recalled when you recalled didn’t, lulling them in to a false sense of security. Then you kill them.

4. The ‘Red Buff To Red Buff’ Invade.

This tactic requires two things, well three things actually;

  1. An aggressive Jungler or someone who is strong at level 2 eg. Lee Sin, Nocturne, Shaco.
  2. An enemy Jungler that usually starts blue or alternatively early vision to see if  they are indeed starting blue.
  3. Balls. Not even kidding. If you mess this up you may put yourself behind because of the fact you wasted so much time going to his buff instead of just taking your second buff with smite and snowball the game in the wrong way!

***An extra note about Shaco here. You can actually perform the same trick except at level 3. To do this you need to follow the double buff strat, explained by FoxDropLoL.

An aggressive summoner spell (exhaust or ignite) is also a possibility here, although it’s not a necessity. Flash can help you escape if the mid lane happens to collapse on your position fast. What you do is you get a smiteless on your Red then run straight to their red (the sneaky bush way, not the wraith way). Here you make a decision. Either try to kill them while they are taking agro from red buff  (because nearly all Junglers go straight from smiteless blue to red) or smite steal the red (very risky) to get the extra exp and then go on them. If you perform it correctly you can continue to put heavy pressure on the enemy Jungler, taking their wraiths and/or mini-golems.

You should have the advantage in any duel due to the fact that you have a red buff and a stronger level 2 (hopefully) while they just have a blue buff. The risk is, of course, that because you are in enemy territory the enemy mid laner is likely to get there before yours, not to mention they may have warded the entrance to their red. This may not matter though if you coordinate it with your team. Make sure you tell your team what your plan is and to either push aggressively early (so their lane enemy can’t come to help or at least they lose more if they do) or ping like mad if a lane goes MIA.

5. The ‘Proxy’.

Uhh. Just the word makes me cringe. How many crazy ‘Chemical Men’ have you seen farming behind turrets? If you’ve played against one before, you’ll know how annoying it can be. If not, I’m sure you’ll experience the joy of it one day. Yes, it can be a tad risky sometimes but on certain champions and against certain matchups (like Shen because of his low amount of dueling potential and wave clear) this can be a great tactic you can use to pressure the enemy team.

The delicious cheesy benefits of proxying? The main benefit is that you force the enemy’s attention upon yourself, relieving pressure elsewhere on the map. Unfortunately they did nerf this tactic a little bit a few patches ago with the changes to death streak gold and experience values. Now enemies get a little more reward for repeatedly killing you instead of the squat-all they got for killing a 0-6 -0 Tryndamere. It just means you have to be a bit more careful when proxying so that you don’t get snowballed on rather than helping your team.

The other benefit of course is that you get to keep your lane opponent at their turret – especially useful against champs like Shen who have very slow pushing power (especially early on) or a teleport. If they teleport away to help their team, you’ll be making sure to deny as many creeps (and therefor gold and exp) as possible as your creeps run straight to the enemy turret to die.

So when is the best time to proxy? As Singed, anytime is a good time to proxy. But more generally, you might be able to proxy if you get an advantage on your lane opponent through a couple early kills and/or they have a hard time pushing waves out like mentioned before. Here is an example of proxying with singed if you need to see an example.

Champs that you generally see proxying are those with quick wave clear or lots of sustain. Good examples are Tryndamere, Singed, Renekton, Zac or almost any other champ that gets ahead. Try it in a normal game before trying it in ranked! Oh and hey, it’s even possible in other lanes! Check out the start of this funny video of Chauster and Doublelift doing a bit of proxying as they duo bot lane in Bronze.

6. The ‘Support Carry’.

Supporting can be real boring sometimes for those of us that don’t enjoy support that much. Why not try something different? People are so used to playing against the standard Flash/Exhaust/Ignite supports with support masteries and runes that any variant may catch someone off guard. Try running barrier or heal on your support and try running different runes rather than gp5 stuff. For example if you’re playing Zyra you can either go full AP and surprise people with your burst or you can go full AD and abuse the enemy lane opponents early with your long auto attack. Or you can play AD Janna and auto their ADC twice with the shield on yourself. It hurts and can win you the lane early and give safe farm to your ADC for a few minutes.

Generally people run exhaust on support for a reason – it’s great for later team fights when you have to exhaust someone diving your ADC. But if you can get away with it, a random (surprise) barrier might just be all you need to win a 2v2 duel. aAnd they always forget about it! Running hybrid pen marks on supports like Sona/Zyra/Lulu has been fairly common for a while due to the massive mixed harass they can put out but why not take it one step further?

I once ran AD runes, masteries and summoners as Blitzcrank while my duo partner started off as support Graves. This wasn’t intentional (we forgot to trade haha) but it ended up working because I baited the enemy jungler into diving me at level 3 while I had barrier. They also all-in’d Graves at level 1-2 which allowed me to dps their ADC. Big mistake but next level stuff on my end ;-). Again, this might be worth trying in a normal game before you jump into a ranked with it. I do not advocate the useage of support mastery and runed Graves under any circumstances.

7. The ‘Ward Bait’.

Ahh the old ward bait. Put a ward down where the enemy support sees it or is likely to see it (say, on top of a pink ward) but have allies nearby when they come to clear it – like a bug attracted to the light – so that you can zap them. This cheese works at all elos and never gets old. Be careful for counter ward baits – while very rare, smarter foes may read the situation and bring their own backup! Here is an example of a simple ward bait for you to watch.

8. The ‘Garen’.

Possibly the oldest trick in the book. Stand in a bush and wait for an enemy to facecheck it. Simple yet effective, players have been using this strategy since before the ADC/Support bot lane meta became popular. Just check out Doublelift’s famous facecheck (I’m sure we’ve all done this at some point haha). If you don’t have to give a leash, there are two great places where this usually works.

For top lane, wait in the tri bush if you’re on the blue side or if you’re on purple side wait in that little brush near the river entrance to the lane. If the enemy is leashing blue they may run up through the river to save time. Perfect if you have a strong level 1 character so that you can chunk them right away.

For bot lane, either wait in the tri bush or in the enemies lane bush if you’re on purple side or in the river entrance lane bush or the enemies lane bush if you’re on blue side. Same again, wait for them to leash their buff and walk to lane and give them the old ‘Garen treatment’ (see picture below).

Where to wait if you have a better level 1.

Where to wait if you have a better level 1.

Well, that’s my list of the best solo queue cheese tactics, I hope you found it useful and that you can use them to grate your way to victory on Summoners Rift.  If you have your own ‘cheesy’ tactics that you would like to tell me about, I would love to hear them! Tweet me @UberGiantsBro or comment on this post. Also check out Summoner School, the only complete League of Legends guide with everything you need to get better at LoL. Until next time, all the best in solo queue.

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7 Habits Of A Highly Effective LoL Player

Ever wondered what the best LoL players do so effectively that sets them apart from everyone else? Consistency is one of the biggest differentiating factors and apply to all of these habits so keep that in mind as you continue to read. I’m UberGiantsBro and these are 7 Habits Of A Highly Effective LoL Player.

Habit 1. Effective LoL players play at their peak and stop when they start getting tired or start playing sloppy.

Back when I was trialing for the state Futsal squad, they ran us through all of the fitness trials before moving on to the shooting drills. I thought this was weird. Wouldn’t it be better to have us do the shooting first when we were fresh and our legs weren’t tired?

The reason they did this was actually pretty simple. They wanted to see how we handled shooting with tired legs and with our adrenaline pumping, ‘under load’, as it were. They were testing us to see how we would perform with stress and under realistic playing conditions.

The transferable lesson here, as it were, is that it’s crucial to practice on or near a stress level – an arousal level (teehee, arousal) – that is similar to what you would be performing with in a highly competitive scenario or when you think you would be performing your best (think maybe that promo series where you played really well).

stress and arousal

This means that you want to be playing when you are feeling fresh. The ‘optimal arousal level’ and ‘peak time to play’ varies for everyone but generally you’ll find that you perform your best after 1 or 2 games, as these get you in the zone. I’ve found for myself that I tend so play sloppy when I am physically tired near the end of a big day, so I know now to generally just avoid playing late at night when my brain just wants to shut down.

Arousal and stress (a little bit of stress) makes you aware and keeps you alert in game. When you start letting your guard down, well that’s when you start making silly mistakes, slipping up in lane, losing track of the jungler or just flat out feeding. The most effective practice is when you are in the right mind frame.

The most effective practice is when you are in the right mind frame.

So here’s what you do; when you start losing concentration or start getting tired, stop playing LoL. Take a break. You will only play worse and possibly develop bad habits, and the time you spend playing sloppy you could spend doing something that would be more productive like going to bed earlier or doing your chores or something.

Some people like listening to music to get themselves in the zone. Maybe you play your best after a short jog or some other physical exercise to wake you up. Alternatively, you could #getfitwithsnoopeh in between games to keep yourself alert! Check out Snoopeh doing pushups with Froggen on his back.

The important thing to remember is to stop playing when you notice yourself getting tired and playing sluggishly. This is the time where you are most likely to go ‘on tilt’, and tilting is one of the biggest elo killers that you want to avoid.

Habit 2. Great LoL players instinctively look to analyze and correct their own mistakes before thinking about what others did wrong.

I recently did an article on using Immediate Reflection to improve in LoL which I would highly advise you check out if you haven’t already.

I truly believe this is the hallmark of a great LoL player, especially, especially true in League of Legends where the typical reaction to anything bad in a game of LoL is to blame others.

Could you imagine how much more fun to play (and in turn, competitive) League of Legends would be if every player was more concerned with what they could have done better themselves in every situation rather than what others could have done better? What a powerful concept.

Adopt this attitude of self reflection and practice this skill when you play and I guarantee that with time you will be well on your way to reaching your League of Legends goal. For more info on how to take ownership of your mistakes and the beauty of immediate reflection, read more about what I believe to be the secret To improving fast at LoL.

Habit 3. Smart LoL players focus on something specific and put what they learn to the test and practice it until it becomes routine.

Believe it or not, Doublelift – NA’s best ADC and one of the best ADC in the world – used to be ‘just a good ADC’. He always use to be great at cs’ing but he was generally very passive and average at harassing. Focusing on being more aggressive and smarter with his harass is what Doublelift says turned him from a good ADC to a great ADC.Doublelift is the greatest... everyone else is trash

Harassing is a specific skill, and Doublelift had to concentrate especially on this part of his game until he became good at it. It doesn’t just happen, you have to put extra focus on it to improve.

When you find something that is not so great in your game, focus on improving it. Techniques for finding these things include replay analysis (which will be discussed later on) and duoing with another good player.

Near the end of the first LCS split, team Dignitas were facing elimination. Crumbzz (Dignitas’ Jungler) stated in this interview that it was really going in to scrims and practice with intentions of focusing on something specific that carried them through the elimination process. Unfortunately you can’t time stamp with Gamespot videos but the part of the video I’m talking about is at 2 minutes in.

Habit 4. Pro LoL players play as if they are in the lead, but they know their limits.

There are a couple points I want to make with this habit that mostly revolve around a Pro player’s mindset in LoL. Firstly, there’s this whole thing about being positive that can help you play as if you have an advantage from the get-go.

For any of you that are familiar with the Law of Attraction (there’s a wiki link for you), this idea won’t take a lot of effort to get your head around. If you focus on the positive stuff, more positive stuff is likely to happen. Great.

Now how does being positive help you play as if you have an advantage? It basically comes down to knowing that you have the ability to change the flow of the game, even if you are behind.

knowing that you have the ability to change the flow of the game, even if you are behind

It’s the confidence in your own ability as a player and knowing what you can and cannot do. Think about these two mindsets and you’ll see what I mean;

Player A. Uhh he’s 30 cs ahead of me and we’re 8 minutes in. I think this game is over.

Player B. Uhh he’s 30 cs ahead of me and we’re 8 minutes in. It’s k he’s basing now and I might be able to pull some cs back. I’ll try to farm it out and have a bigger impact than him in the teamfights – Malphite is weak early and a beast later on anyway.

Player B has a better mindset, he knows that he scales well and that he has the ability to get back in the game. He is confident in his Malphite pick and that later he can still crush team fights.malphite-coral

Focusing on this keeps him more positive and has an immediate impact on his cs’ing and communication with his team. He is now a positive, unstoppable rock.

My second point is that Pro player’s are confident enough and sure enough of their own ability that they know if the enemy slips up, they will be there to capitalize. They just have to put out enough pressure safely and within their known limits to give their opponent opportunities to slip up.

I played mid against MandatoryCloud” (mid laner for Team Vulcun) and even though I was on my most comfortable champ at the time, Lux, I felt like he was always 5 steps ahead. Yes that is a Swain quote, yes he was playing Swain. The point is that he was confident enough in his play and on his champ that he knew how aggressive he could be while still playing relatively safely.

One of my teammates used to say, “If I can’t play aggressive in my lane, what better am I than these randoms?”

Obviously there’s more to it than just playing flat out aggressive, but the essence of what he was saying is very true. It’s knowing when it’s a good time to play aggressive that is the key. [Smooth transition to next habit, oh yeah]

Habit 5. Switched-on LoL players rarely get greedy, they know when it’s safe to take an advantage and when it’s a dangerous risk.

Ever been caught out farming that one last minion wave before going back to base or trying to take that inhibitor only to be caught with your pants down by Homeguard boots? I know I have, I’m sure you have. HotshotGG has.

Switched-on LoL players rarely get greedy. They take what advantage they can safely. They are confident enough in their own ability that they know they don’t need to take many risks throughout the game to win.

They are confident enough in their own ability that they know they don’t need to take many risks throughout the game to win.

It’s often been said that the team that makes the less mistakes in League of Legends wins. I think this holds considerable truth, and often the majority of mistakes stem from that ‘solo queue greed’ for kills, cs, towers, objectives or whatever.Greed often comes down to knowing what you can do when you’re fed and what you can do when you’re not fed/when a certain enemy is fed. For example, I’ve seen plenty of Singed players farm well and maybe even get a couple kills in their lane, but when it transitions over to a team fight they give up easy kills for free because they think they are indestructible.I recently played a solo queue game which illustrates common solo queue greed perfectly. In this game, the enemy team just got greedy/cocky again and again and it eventually led to their demise. Check out the greatest comeback in solo queue history.

A large portion of not getting greedy is again, knowing your champion and your own ability well enough (experience, practice) to know what you can and cannot do in every scenario. Knowing this will limit the amount of times you get caught being greedy.

Habit 6. The best LoL players use their time efficiently, this includes time allocated specifically for replay analysis.

They focus on one skill at a time if it is lack luster, they focus on one role at a time if the ranked queue allows them, they take time to fix aspects of their game through replay analysis.

Dyrus, when commenting on having a dedicated replay analyst in preparation for All-Stars, said, “It feels like cheating.”

Unfortunately most LoL players don’t have the luxury of a dedicated replay analyst however this doesn’t mean replay analysis shouldn’t be done. Take the time to correct (or even discover) parts of your game that are letting you down.

Go through your replay, preferable straight after you play the game, and actively watch for mistakes that you made. Don’t just sit there and watch it like a movie, you won’t notice much. Here’s your chance to be critical of your play, but don’t get down about how bad you are!

Once you find something that you can work on, put extra effort into focusing on that skill or part of your game until you get better. An example is if you notice yourself missing a lot of last hits under your tower, you might choose to practice pushing out the wave (trimming) better so you don’t have to last hit under the tower so much, or maybe you might concentrate on perfecting your last hitting technique under the tower with that specific champ instead ie. I don’t have AD runes on this champ so I have to hit these ones twice.

Habit 7. The up and coming LoL players learn from resources available to them that speed their way to becoming a better player.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if some high level players took everything they knew about the game and combined it into one super awesome, amazing, ultimate League of Legends guide for your ease of access? Wouldn’t that just speed up your improvement like no other resource?

When I was new to the game, I accessed sites like Mobafire fairly regularly to learn the good builds for my champions. But even then, I didn’t exactly understand why I was building the items that I was as most guides didn’t go into that. At Summoner School you learn the theory behind everything you do.

What is Summoner School? Summoner School is a complete League of Legends guide created by 3 Australian brothers who wanted to share what they’d learned through their years of (sometimes frustrating) solo queue and competitive experience in an easy to access format. These 3 brothers (myself being one of them) all went from being Bronze/Silver level players to Platinum/Diamond level players and now want to help you do the same!

Feel like you’ve missed the boat in terms of having the time to be a highly effective LoL player? Nonsense. League of Legends is just heating up and there is plenty of time for you to achieve your LoL goal. So go check out Summoner School right now, hit me up on Twitter @UberGiantsBro to let me know how you’re finding it and have a great day!

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How Persistence Will Make You A Top Player

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

How exactly can the concept of persistence be applied to League of Legends? Apart from the obvious “never give up” attitude, persistence must be applied towards a specific goal and seen with a perspective that motivates us rather than dishearten.

After playing for Australia’s top team for two and a half years and after undertaking a management role for the last six months I have seen countless people in bronze division add me. The routine is the same every time “I’m a top player, give me a chance in your team if I don’t do well I’m a fast learner”. I reply with the same thing every time, “if you truly are a good player and a fast learner your LoL profile will be a reflection of this”. Sadly, I have never seen the same player approach me again with a diamond profile. Which I believe is due to one thing, persistence.

Let me give you an analogy:

Elo mountain

Your goal is to hike up a mountain that you’ve never climbed before. This mountain can be compared to solo queue or whatever goal you set yourself. Before you start, do you compare yourself to those already on the trail? Of course not! This challenge is about you and you alone. The only true measure of your progress is to compare yourself to yourself before you started the journey. This is difficult in a game such as League of Legends because you are constantly matched up against players and there is a constant comparison between you and another player. This leads to the adoption of vices such as pride, greed and anger. All of which stunts the growth of a player and is another topic entirely.

At a certain point in hiking this mountain you will come to a sheer rock face. You have to learn a new skill if you want to proceed — climbing.

In general there are three distinct routes one can take:

  1. A majority of people would give up. Their attitude would be “learning a new skill takes too long and too much time”. This is where the first notion of persistence comes into play. Everyone has 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. How much time you decide to dedicate to learning a new skill is one factor that will determine your rate of progression. But even one hour a day, one day a week will triumph over someone who has given up.
  2. Sadly, a lot of people ignore the rock face and choose to believe that hiking up and down the path that got them to the rock face is the mountain. This creates the delusion that they’re great at hiking because they’ve never even exposed themselves to the prospect of climbing. A more in-depth explanation of this can be found in UberGiantBro’s 5 reasons why you’re stuck in silver league.
  3. Overcoming the path ahead of you. Unless you are re-inventing the wheel, chances are that the correct techniques and ultimately the most efficient way to obtaining your goal is already known. This is why schooling, coaching, instructors, tutoring and guides all exist. Imagine trying to learn how to rock-climb with four other people who have no knowledge of how to climb themselves. This is exactly what unranked/bronze tier is like. Would you rather spend an eternity trying to discover the correct grip techniques, the most efficient use of your muscles and the easiest route to the top? Or would you like one of the worlds top climbers to guide you with his understanding of climbing? This is exactly the reason Summoner School has been created and why it is so important for the growth of each individual League of Legends player.

So if you decided to persist and choose option 3, the immediate factor that contributes to your rate of progression are your past skills and experiences. If you have three years climbing experience there is no doubt you will shoot up this rock face no worries.

This is why DotA players have so much success in League of Legends. Originally, when beta came out, DotA players dominated the front page of the rankings. They weren’t anywhere near as good as the front page players today but they possessed the necessary skills from previous experiences to get to the top. Now, LoL has been out for long enough for players that do not have a MOBA background to be top players.

Similarly, but a less obvious factor, is your rate of learning. Believe it or not, learning is a skill. Someone who is practiced in learning different skills or learns on a daily basis will memorise content and pick things up more quickly. Regardless of your rate of learning, those who have a teacher will always progress faster than those without.

Persistence is the only virtue you need to succeed in League of Legends. In order to persist you must acknowledge there is a rock face ahead of you. Three factors will influence your rate of progression: Time allocation, past experience, and your rate of learning.

From this it is clear, there is no guarantee that you will ever be the top player. If someone has started on the path before you and progresses at the same or faster rate the only chance of you achieving #1 is for them to give up or stagnate. But if you only compare yourself to yourself before you started then this won’t stop you.

Good luck,

Daniel “Kingpin” King

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