Dreaming of Diamond
So the end of Season 3 happened last evening for “League of Legends.”
Unfortunately, I was unable to hit Diamond as I had hope for, but I did manage to reach high-Platinum territory. My Matchmaking Rating (MMR) was occasionally putting me in games with a few low-Diamond players, which tells me that Diamond is definitely within my grasp for Season 4.
It was frustrating because I am 100 percent certain I have Diamond-caliber skills for particular aspects of my game (i.e. jungling), but I tanked my MMR for a long time to the point where climbing up in Elo was difficult and extremely annoying.
Gaining less League Points for each win while losing a chunk of LP for every loss meant I was always at a disadvantage. I would make progress with a few wins, but then I would suffer a huge setback with even a single defeat.
In other words, I would make one step forward, but I found myself falling two+ steps behind again with each loss. Needless to say, it took too long to repair my MMR back into OK territory. And by then, the season was already concluding.
I actually figured out that it would take me at least 20+ games for me to hit Diamond near the final days, and this was assuming I managed to come out victorious in every single match. Not necessarily impossible per se, but even the best of the best lose a game here and there in Solo Queue.
And of course, the late-season terrors in ranked popped up in full abundance. There were so many trolls, low-skilled players, Elo-boosted players and everything else under the rainbow that meant every Solo Queue game hinged heavily on luck. Did your team have the high-Elo smurf or did your team get the guy who decided to play again after a five-month hiatus?
Overall, it was an unpleasant experience trying to make a late push toward my Elo goals. The thought of hacking away at the ranking system deflated a lot of fun about of my matches, plus I found myself raging a lot because it was always ONE THING or another.
Then again, I only have myself to blame for not sticking to my original system and strategies for ranking up. Had I stayed disciplined to carry out my game plan, I probably would have hit Diamond a long time ago with way less matches played, a lot more personal satisfaction and a huge absence of excessive stress from painful, mentally taxing matches. Continue reading