LoL: Getting Your Buttons Pushed

League of Legends” is, at times, a very frustrating game. This is especially true when you want to build your Elo up, but the grind can become so painfully annoying.

People want higher Elo as a means of proving to others that, “Yeah, I am good at this game.” I am by no means a perfect or pro player at my current level, but I do consider myself more than competent on a good day. I can throw down with others just fine. I practice a lot to make myself a tad better every day, soaking in information and studying high-level strategies to improve.

I particularly want good Elo because I know my true rating hasn’t even been reached yet. However, to attain this true Elo is a grueling process, constantly mired by one discouraging experience after another.

I am someone who needs to vent after a truly aggravating ranked match. My friends always tell me to take it easy after a ranked loss, otherwise I will end up making it worse. You win some, you lose some, but the thing with the Elo grind is how you obviously want more wins than losses. The moment you queue up, you just hope with all your heart that the matchmaking gods will not screw you over with allies you are going to end up hating after everything is said and done.

So my last ranked game went like this …

Right off the bat, trouble began after no more than 10 seconds at the most. The “captain” wanted to give our fifth-slot player a mini-lecture about how the last person to pick in a ranked queue should always be the support. This started a disruptive argument among all the players. I compromised and said that I will fill the support role and that everyone should calm down and just focus on the task at hand, which was picking a strong team composition so we can improve our odds of winning. I am cool with playing support because it is my best role by far.

And then it came down to our last ban, so I kept emphasizing to the “captain” that we needed to ban Diana, the recently released champ in the game. As a general rule of thumb, it is always good to ban a new character who was just introduced to the game. A lot of players are not used to the new character yet, plus banning them means you do not have to deal with said character, regardless how powerful their real strength is. It is just a safe bet to assume the new character is going to cause problems.

Of course, the brilliant “captain” opts to ban Zyra instead. I was awestruck and dumbfounded. This was an absurdly stupid ban on a lot of levels. Sure, let’s not ban the character who just came out whose actual power is not quite gauged yet. Instead, you ban a champ who had literally a GIANT ESSAY written about why she was getting multiple nerfs. Ugh.

Lo and behold, the enemy team grabs Diana as their first pick. Surprise, surprise. Whatever. Some characters are bound to slip past the banning block, so it just boils down to your team being sane enough to grab characters who work well together against the enemy team’s lineup. Execution wins games, even at at disadvantage. Sounds easy on paper, but a lot of people apparently have not grasped this very important concept.

Case in point, another mishap would occur just 30 seconds later.

OK, so the enemy team grabs Nasus, who is obviously going to be their top lane champion. Our top laner has not yet chosen, so I am thinking, “All right, he can just counter-pick the Nasus and have an easy time up top.”

And then bam … here comes the Yorick pick. I immediately began to plead/reason with him to pick something else. “Nasus counters Yorick!” This was a recipe for failure just waiting to happen, but of course the guy just locks in right away. It could have been pride in his Yorick, it could have been arrogance or it could have been ignorance, but it was nonetheless a very dumb move.

Want to know why I know it was a dumb move? Because I actually take the time to learn strategies from sites like LoL Pro. So how is that site’s information credible? Because only LoL pros are allowed to write guides for this site. Only the best of the best. Cream of the crop. The bee’s knees.

Here is a link to a pro Yorick guide. Scroll down to the bottom and you will notice something very, very self-explanatory.

Hmm, this guide that was written by a pro states that Nasus is a counter to Yorick, which means …


All right, so you pick a champion who loses to another champion. The opponent just showed you his rock, but you mindlessly bring out your pair of scissors to match him. Yeah, great move. Very great move. -_-

So the team comps were finalized.

My Team

Enemy Team

On paper, my team’s lineup was OK. Not particularly efficient, but we had enough weapons to make it work. We had some crowd control as well as a lot of potential damage output. However, things get dicey when you consider what we had to face against. We had to fight the newcomer Diana (again, I cannot stress enough how dumb it is not to ban a new champ), the Nasus at top lane who was undeniably going to win against our Yorick if he had any merit as a top laner. Furthermore, Ahri is a safer mage to use than Kassadin, who has an awful early game and relies on snowballing as the game drags on.

I regret this now, but I should have dodged this queue. We had a lot of stupid banter prior to the game even starting, and our team comp wasn’t as airtight as I would have liked it. Sure, one would like to give your teammates the benefit of the doubt and assume they will leave all the arguing aside to focus on executing a proper game of LoL to win the match and add to our Elo stats so we can all be happy campers, but I unfortunately assumed wrong.
Quick Breakdown about the Match
– I was Taric at bot lane. Support is my best role, after all. Corki and I CRUSHED bottom. We killed Ezreal and Lulu multiple times and took their tower rather easily.

– Mid lane was a disaster. Kassadin was getting killed by Ahri and Diana too many times, he was underfarmed and did not seem to know how to use his champion at all. Like, come on. If you don’t even know how to do a basic Kassadin ult warp-into-slow combo, why are you playing him? In a ranked match no less. As further insult to injury, I suspected Kassadin did not know English. His username was foreign sounding and he did not respond to anything we told him.

– Nautilus, our “captain,” was mediocre in the jungle. He did not really gank that well and was always behind the enemy Diana in terms of gold and jungle presence. This is what happens when you don’t ban the new character.

– Our top laner, the Yorick, ended up getting dominated by Nasus. Man, ‘I told you so’ does not even suffice. Of course, the Yorick refused to admit that it was his bad champ pick that led to him losing so badly at top. It was because jungle didn’t gank for him. Look, bro. I have to say that 9/10 times when people cry about a lack of jungle support, it is usually their fault they are losing their lane. Picking your own counter-pick would thus fall into the 9/10 category. You set yourself up for failure and act surprised that you are not thriving. Furthermore, you having a terrible attitude of constantly complaining 24/7 just makes the situation even worse.

– We then started to fall behind as the game went on, suffering one defeat after another in important team fights and other situations. A real mess.

– I ended up losing my cool as the game continued. I started off as the guy who tried to keep everyone under control, but I too lost my composure the moment the crap really hit the fan.
I want to focus on the last point in particular about this ranked match that we ultimately ended up losing. I do not like being angry. It hurts being mad. It is unpleasant. It causes you to feel like punching the wall. Sure, LoL is a game, but a game can definitely draw out your emotions depending on how the match goes.

I got my buttons pushed. My teammates upset me this much that I am honestly embarrassed for myself that I sunk to their level. I was fed up with the poor play from my teammates, I became frustrated that we spent more time bickering among ourselves instead of putting our effort toward fighting the enemy team and, above all else, I was furious about the loss of Elo in the end.

It is LoL matches like this one that make me not want to play the game for long periods of time. Some people have good Elo because they invest the time and energy to put up with the crap that the mode entails. I am hundreds of games short compared to the regular player who has achieved “good” Elo, but I ask myself often … at what cost? Is it worth putting my happiness as a gamer through the ringer sometimes? Is it worth stomaching some horrid gaming experiences that make you feel awful for the rest of the day?

Ugh, I just have to remember that it is just one game in the grand scheme of things. Those who try hard enough are the ones who should eventually succeed, right?

Dat Elo grind. Very challenging. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem worth the trouble.


16 thoughts on “LoL: Getting Your Buttons Pushed

  1. Somewhat Mystia August 8, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    “I have to say that 9/10 times when people cry about a lack of jungle support, it is usually their fault they are losing their lane.”

    Words of wisdom.

    So, as a support guy, who do you think the most versatile support is? I’ve been trying to branch out from Lulu, Janna, Taric.


    • Nhan-Fiction August 8, 2012 / 4:24 pm

      It depends on your style. Taric is my go-to “aggressive” support. Conversely, I consider Soraka to be my best “defensive” support. Most of the support champs are respectively competent at what they do, with certain supports rewarding those with more skill (e.g. Blitz).


      • Somewhat Mystia August 8, 2012 / 4:31 pm

        Thanks for the response! Never been a good aggressive Taric. Outside of stunning for a gank, what’s the best time to go in?


      • Coco Rocha August 13, 2012 / 8:08 am

        I always hated Taric support, I didn’t know how to play him properly. I was maining soraka and janna but IMO they could never be strong enough to help win. I was really good at support but when you play a passive support you can’t do much if you had a bad ad. I played ad with a Taric once and he was so good, he fed me and I carried the team. Honestly he carried the team, and people don’t realize support actully plays a huge role. Once I realized how I haven’t been playing him properly I tried him again and now hes my top champ in ranked with a win ratio of 70%. I climbed from 1250 to 1455. 90% of the time I used Taric. I mean its not a huge jump but I’m happy!


      • Coco Rocha August 13, 2012 / 8:09 am

        I was actually going to post about this soon =). How to gain elo with Taric support! Want to post my Riven stuff first though XD.


      • Nhan-Fiction August 13, 2012 / 11:47 am

        Yeah, Taric is always good as a support. 🙂


  2. Nhan-Fiction August 8, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    Ideally, you should go in for an attack when your ranged AD is in position to fight as well. It should be common sense, but a lot of support players jump the gun with simple maneuvers in the lane. You have to be on the same page as your ranged AD while also being mindful of things like ward coverage.


    • Somewhat Mystia August 8, 2012 / 4:40 pm

      I think I worded it poorly, like… What are some cues should I look for? There are some obvious ones (AD with no escape burns flash, stays in lane), but is there anything less obvious or should it just be ‘go when you both can either get a kill or scare the hell out of them’?


      • Nhan-Fiction August 8, 2012 / 4:49 pm

        Paying attention to subtle details will make your job as support easier. For instance, a good time to be aggressive is usually when you spot the enemy jungler in a different lane. You then know that the jungler has no way of affecting your current lane situation if you choose to engage the enemy bot lane. Developing simple observation skills like this can make a big difference in how you lane as a support.

        Above all else, you just need to keep a keen eye on your position and how it is relative to your ranged AD’s current spot in the lane. For example, if your ranged AD is far away from you trying to last-hit minions, then choosing to launch an attack is probably a bad idea.

        It just takes a lot of practice and getting a feel of scenarios so you can make snap judgments at a moment’s notice.


  3. necrodiaries August 8, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    i know what are you feeling right now. well there are still noob player on the LoL and it really destory your ranking match. they also destroy the game and your elo will drop like a boss. i think that the riot games would fix this problem.


  4. mandaray August 9, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Ah, I’m happy to see another support player. 🙂 Soraka is generally my favorite. I gained a lot of levels (and a lot of friends) playing her back when I was a LoL newb. Janna is also a great pick, especially when you’re supporting an AD carry, though I miss the days when I could get away with taking Janna mid. Those were fun, fun times. (Even though I got yelled at a lot. =3)

    I’m envious of your ability to play Taric, though. I am absolutely terrible with him. Maybe because I’m used to playing more defensive type support champs. I will have to research and experiment with him a little bit. Thanks for the reminder, and good luck getting out of ELO Hell. I think we’ve all been there before…it’s rough. Hang in there.


    • Nhan-Fiction August 10, 2012 / 12:47 pm

      Eh, a lot of supports just involve getting the “timing” down in any given situation.

      But yeah, the 1,600 Elo bracket is nothing to be ashamed of if you consider that I have been playing ranked very casually compared to others with 1,000+ games, but I still think I could definitely be a lot higher if I tried hard enough.


      • mandaray August 10, 2012 / 5:01 pm

        Well, from my point of view, you’re already way ahead of any place I’d ever get to. I’m not even sure I have an ELO anymore after the recent resets, and if I do, it’s probably quite low. As you might guess, I don’t do a lot of ranked play. My friends don’t care for it, and I’ve always been afraid to try solo ranked because of the stories I hear. But I guess any rating is better than none, right? Maybe I should try it out anyway. 🙂


  5. Nhan-Fiction August 10, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    Eh, ranked is just stressful in general. It is literally a dice roll each time. You hope your teammates are competent, and you, yourself, have to be on your A-game. I know my weaknesses and am very good about taking accountability when I screw up. All part of a grueling process. 😦


  6. HatchetPatrolGaming August 20, 2012 / 1:38 pm

    great article man. me and the gang are trying to grind it out right now. i’ve mostly avoided ranked just from sheer frustration but now i have to bite the bullet. many a similar scenario here. hopefully we’ll both make it out of ELO hell alive 😉


    • Nhan-Fiction August 20, 2012 / 3:17 pm

      Yeah, it is just something you have to dig deep and just put up with the process. It is not very fun most of the time, but it is the only way to get good Elo.


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