“League of Legends” brings out the worst in people, especially when Elo is on the line in solo queue. I have had my share of really “painful” moments where I wondered if I was the same person after a particularly agonizing ranked match. Though many discouraging and toxic players exist in these kind of games, I believe there are those who become ideal “beacons” who rub off good qualities that make their teammates perform better.
These players essentially become the beacon of hope during a game as they naturally encourage you to rally around them in the pursuit of victory. They are the ones who lift their allies’ spirits when they are down, they individually excel as players so you marvel their skill and play-making ability and plus, above all else, they possess a confident and respectable attitude that makes you like them even more.
Beacons … more of these need to show up in LoL. Toxic players are a dime a dozen, but beacons are harder to come by in this regard. A beacon elevates their teammates’ willpower because they prompt players to step up their game. Where negative players hack away at team morale, beacons keep everything intact and can actually make a team even stronger.
As someone who plays support and jungle mostly, it is harder for me to become a beacon in this regard. I would say the beacon usually is someone who brings a lot to the table, namely the strength to carry the team on their shoulders. But still, I try to do beacon-like actions during a game when I can.
I believe it isn’t rocket science to become a beacon during any game of LoL. You just need to remember that good things will spawn better reactions over anything else. Perform well enough to the point where your teammates respect your play. Be the guy/gal who reminds people to stay focused when something threatens to destroy team spirit. After all, beacons are supposed to shine above all else. Negative players just drag down others into their dark pit of despair.
So when it comes down to it, what would you rather be? A negative player or a beacon? I think I would rather be perceived in the right kind of light over anything else. :)