Not So daily Posts: Banished to Elo Hell(or League Hell for Season 3) League of Legends.

What does this have to do with Zexton’s self improvement? A lot. I’ll tell you how with an explanation of a game I love and the problem that I had. Quick things…

1. What is Elo Hell? 2. Why does it matter?

1. It is a perceived space in which players believe they are stuck. they think it is impossible to progress forward in ranking because every game, someone on their team fails them.

2. It matters, because no sane people should play games that they deem a personal hell.

For those of you who have no idea, League of Legends is and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena(MOBA) game. What happens is you grab 5 friends or non-friends(usually the latter in most situations) and you play capture the flag*

*We should here replace tagging and jail with death at the hands of your opponents and laser firing obelisks, and capturing the flag with burning down your enemy’s house*

Most players start the game sucking horribly. And we know this. We do things like miss abilities and actually save our enemies. Then after turning the tide in our enemies favor get killed trying to escape…  Many don’t even realize how bad they are. It’s not your intentions that win, it’s the results. See 40 second video below for an example:

One day, after 5 hrs of play, some of us start figure out the basics of the game. We know how to earn gold to buy items and kill things. Maybe even learn the importance of objectives. We understand the mechanics of our characters and maybe someday with that same champion we’ll start doing things like this:

But after they learn to play one champion and have that first game where they just stomp the enemy, all bets are off.

The problem however is that once people have the skill to intentionally defeat an opponent, they quickly forget about the importance of their behavior to the rest of their team. It’s a team game… and you are at a distinct disadvantage if you don’t have the team skills to win. And while some individuals enjoy team play and will band together to achieve victory and help each other win. It is often much easier for them to blame someone else for the team failing.

Golden Rule of LoL: Never die in the process of killing things, unless the value of your actions in that moment is worth more for you and your team than what the enemy gets for killing you.

Understanding that principle can take you very far.

Where people should be getting objectives, they are chasing enemies and getting killed by the opposing team who is working together to bring them down. Where people should be playing safely and acquiring gold until they can get the assistance they need to kill their opponent, they are getting desperate and aggressive trying to prove to themselves they can do it alone. They blame their allies for not helping them, their allies blame them for playing poorly, and they all lose together anyway.

Instead of trying to help their less able teammates to play better, they find a scapegoat to blame for the loss and proceed to act as though they are above their team because they weren’t first to fuck up. Where they should be searching the enemy’s weaknesses and crippling the enemy’s strongest players, they are exposing their own weaknesses in cross team chat saying “GG Fail Nid.” Now everyone on the enemy team knows that your Nidalee is persona non gratis and you guys aren’t going to help her. In fact you’re probably going to deny her help and resources and make it easier for them to punish her failings. You’re going to let them win by exploiting your team’s weakness and they will capitalize on her failings while you make her feel worse and play worse, possibly to the point where she hurts the team intentionally. “Fail jungle” same thing. We’re not going to help him if you invade. We’re not going to follow up when he comes to make a play.

Another thing that is terrible about playing for ranking is when people refuse to fill a role on the team because they simply want to play something else. If you have nothing to bring to the team, why are you on it? Instead of picking something that can clearly help your team succeed in the circumstances that it is in, you chose to pick something that hurts the chances of your allies success. It’s childish.

I know you want to have fun, we all do. But there are game modes for fun. When you’re there to raise your ranking, you’re there to play in a way that will actually increase your team’s chance of winning whether or not it’s the most fun you’ve had.

Your ability to actually carry your team to victory with intelligent play is what you are supposed to demonstrate when you play a ranked game. It’s not to show off how many kills you can get, it’s to demonstrate how often your skill can lead to YOUR TEAM being victorious regardless of who is on it. If you don’t truly know you can play well enough to determine your own victory against odds, then why do you deserve a better rating than the one you have?

TLDR

Learn to be strong enough that you can carry others to victory. The act of carrying others requires supporting them when they are not strong enough, bringing out their strengths, and leading them, even if from behind and/or God forbid(sarcasm) by example

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Here’s a link to try the game.

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=51c40b9fb11ff005603438

My Summoner Name is humpingbunnies on the NA server. Friend me, we’ll play

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=520e2164c9118044659515

if you’re on EU West, I’m kidtitan and the link above is for you 🙂

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Daily Post: France

Everyday I wake up and listen to “American in Paris” and write poetry, then subsequently “Niggahs in Paris” and work the fuck out.

That’s not actually true, but I’d like it to be. TO DO LIST!

I’m just hanging out right now and having a really great time. I have possibly have made more love to my lady in a two day period than we averaged in a week the last time I saw her. It’s kinda great.

Something absolutely ridiculous. one of the things I made sure to bring to France with me was a bunch of colorful pencils. Something I forgot? Pictures of my family…

Worst brother/son ever. Not really I mean, they’re on my computer but I just didn’t bring any printed ones. So I better take care of this thing.

My brain is scrambled. But I’m super happy to wake up next to the woman I love.

 

who cares about any of this? I have no idea. So if you have any questions you’d actually like answered. Please ask them.

 

Faily post 12: blast!

I was so close to everyday posts guys, but illness and absentminded sneaks caused me to miss a post.
There’s been a lot of faltering on my part in terms of sticking to all of the things I wanted to do. And the blog is the last of the dominoes to topple I suppose.
This is not a resignation. This is simply realization of the lack of discipline I suffer from and a resolution to redouble my efforts.
Like I tend to say often these days, “Tomorrow is a new day.”

Daily Post 11a: Holy Sheisa.

So I forgot to mention the part where I was waiting for the bus for an hour in the cold and when it finally freaking showed up, I realized I was going in the wrong direction. To top it all off, when I got on the bus a fight erupted between the bus driver and a man trying to get a woman in a wheelchair who was waiting at the next stop on the bus in the cold for several hours because it hadn’t shown up in that long and I was actually lucky. Because they were arguing they missed the following bus which had space and suddenly slurs and expletives were being thrown out by some crazy chick who wouldn’t stop shouting at the poor people who were stuck out in the cold after a long ass day. #munisucks /endrant

Daily Post 11: I got blisters on me fingers

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Hey Readers,

Something about me you may not know, is that I love to play the ukulele. It’s something that seems to put a smile on the faces of people around me wherever I go. I picked it up when I was visiting a friend at a camp he was working at. They asked me if I knew anything about music, I said yes. They immediately shanghai’d me into service as a music teacher and from that day on I had to stay one lesson ahead of the kids.

They also taught me about Buddhism the same way… Good times.

Anyway, today I was playing at a bus stop and I met a fellow musician. He was from Nigeria, like my parents and he began drumming on the bus stop while I played. I gave him two dollars to buy some fries and he hugged me. It was really a great experience sharing music with a stranger and brightening their day.

I think it’s a good idea to do something unusual like that. Step out of your comfort zone and engage with a stranger. It can be really rewarding. I met a bunch of cool people today as a result of just letting myself be approachable.