Welcome to Critter Bitters

Maintaining a cool head during a ranked game of League is one of the most critical parts of getting better and more consistent at the game. Frustration and the tilt that comes with it are fundamentally detrimental to your gameplay, in fact, Riot even has statistics on this, they’ll tell you during the loading screen if you aren’t too busy looking up item builds.

That said, getting frustrated during a game of League is difficult to avoid, if not completely reasonable, especially in solo or duo queue settings. League of Legends, as a team game, is a situation in which you directly place your enjoyment of the game in the hands of other players who, frankly, might not deliver.  Learning how to avoid situations where other players dramatically effect your mood and thus your gameplay is a great way to improve at League compared to everyone else in the ranked queue with you.

Understanding Control

League of Legends, as we mentioned, is a team game. Which means that your individual contribution to the team is often part of a winning formula, but it’s rarely a solo endeavor. Games that you are personally in full control of are rare, and that means accepting that sometimes you’re going to play well but not win.

On the flipside, you may also have a bad or mediocre game and win anyway. Getting carried is a skill.

Realistically each team has 5 chances for a player to pop off or throw most of the game for their team. The biggest difference between the teams is that you take up one of the slots on your team. If you are a consistent player and aren’t regularly throwing games into the garbage, then your team already has a better chance of winning than their team does.

Of course, even if you never drop the ball, we’re talking about a winrate slightly above 50%, even the best players in League lose a LOT of their games, the best players in the world don’t typically break a 60% winrate in solo queue. It’s just not how the math works.

So if you can accept that you’re aiming for that 5% extra winrate in the middle, then you’re already well on the path to accepting losses and avoiding tilt in the next game.

When To Queue Up

Don’t queue up frustrated. It might not seem like a big deal to jump back into another game after a rough loss but tilt that comes with a loss is one of the main reasons players tend to have strings of losses and wins as opposed to strict win-loss-win-loss play patterns.

Remembering how you lost last game is going to change how you play the next one. With some distance this can be constructive, but if you jump in right away it often results in dangerous overcompensation. Did you lose last game from falling behind in lane? That might drive you to take engagements that you shouldn’t in order to build a lead. Lost both scuttle crabs last game? Maybe you end up gunning for one without lane pressure in this game and end up conceding a kill and the crab.

Mistakes in League cascade, and that includes from game to game. It’s okay to play games right after a loss, but rarely after a frustrating one, and if you ever lose two in a row, it’s a good idea to take a quick break to clear your head before heading into Summoner’s Rift again for round three. A crucial thing can happen if you keep losing and gain a negative momentum, lots of players buy league smurfs to have a “safe” account to practice from. An account that they are not heavily invested in, and it allows them to stay calm during the match.

A good strategy is to split your games into sets of three. If you ever lose two of three games in a session, take a break, even if it’s just getting water and stretching.

How to Use Chat

There are two versions of League of Legends, one where you play with 4 people trying their hardest that you can’t communicate with, and one where your team can be openly hostile to you.

The first and better one of those is the game where you have chat turned off.

There is nothing in League that can’t truly be communicated with the pings system, and anything that cannot be explained with Pings is likely too difficult to coordinate within soloqueue anyway. Even if you’re using chat with the absolute best of intentions, it’s unlikely that it is going to end up being a tool for good in the average game. Especially considering the fact that even well-meaning messages can come off as extremely hostile to players who are already frustrated or defensive.

If you really want to play with chat enabled there are two things you can do to help ensure it doesn’t effect you too much.

  1. Turn off all chat. As much as it might occasionally result in fun interactions between the teams, the average interaction is distracting at best and tilting at worst. It might be fun sometimes, but it’s a negative impact on your winrate.

  2. API: Assume Positive Intent. This can be very hard during games of League where tensions can get high, but assuming that the Rengar telling you to place your wards is trying to be helpful is the only way to ensure that communication on your team stays healthy. Sometimes the person on the other end is actually trying to be hostile, but treating every message like it’s constructive will at least ensure you never get into an argument over nothing in the middle of a ranked game.

Have Fun

It might seem simple, but it’s critical to remember that League of Legends is a video game and leisure time. It’s certainly competitive and definitely something you can work at, but overall, if you’re not having fun you’re not going to play as well and there isn’t really a point to playing. Realizing when you’re not having fun, and walking away once you reach that point is critical to staying calm during your sessions of League of Legends. Someone who isn’t having a good time is going to anger way easier than someone who is.

In the end, choosing when to queue up, how you take chat, and understanding that some games are bound to be losses are the best ways to keep your cool during a game of League of Legends. Afterall, there is always next game, and you’ll win more if you understand that.

With the curent state of League and it’s tournaments it becomes more clear that META changes very fast. It used to be that gameplay meta would change from tournament to tournament, being set by the best teams in the world. But these days, people are doing their own testing and innovation and entirely breaking the traditional gameplay.

To follow up with all these trends and top-performing builds players are forced to keep track of things. Doing it manually is pretty much impossible because there are hundreds of thousand games being played daily.

One of the cutting edge advantages that any advanced player might have is a dynamic database that shows full information about the match and helps unveil the newest trends and strategies being used.

This is a meta research on a new level.

If you are a competitive league of legends player you definitely want to keep track of things in the smoothest way possible, see patterns, filter and research pro-games at scale. This is the key to staying on top of your competition.