The 4 Stages of League of Legends and How to Avoid Toxicity in Each
League of Legends is infamous for its toxic community where players both old and new regularly get thrown into a pit of curses, profanities, and other forms of hate-words. It’s a place not for the soft-skinned and the faint-hearted. An online fight between players could easily break out in any given match.
So how can you avoid the toxic side of League of Legends? Well, you can’t, really. But you can help by being a good member of the community (translation: don’t be an asshole). There are four stages in every League of Legends match: pre-game, early game, mid-game, and end-game. Here’s how toxicity can seep in at each stage and how you can play your part to not be the seed that gives birth to it:
This is the part where players pick Champions and roles. There are five roles in the current meta-game: top, mid, ADC, support, and jungle. Obviously, no two teammates can play the same role, and not everyone has the flexibility to play more than one role with the same proficiency. This can lead to teammates arguing who gets to play which role and which Champion. All of you are here to win, and bickering before the match has even started is a bad way to set the tone.
During this stage, it’s important to urge your teammates to see things objectively and not let preferences and favoritisms get in the way. If all of you called a role that doesn’t coincide with any member of the team, good; you can all just focus on a game plan. However, if you find yourself calling the same role as one or two other team members, don’t stubbornly force yourself into it for whatever reason. Hear out your teammate(s) first and see which of you is better suited for the role.
In case you find yourself being thrust into a role you have zero or little experience in, don’t throw a tantrum. Let your teammates know what they’re getting themselves into and promise you’ll do your best. Don’t hold a grudge. On the bright side, you get to practice playing a new role, which should help you in getting better at the game.
The laning stage is where players typically mind their own business and simply focus on making their Champions stronger via EXP (to unlock abilities) and gold (to buy better gear). Some players try to play aggressively to take opposing players out of rhythm and cause them to lag behind, which usually results in a kill here and there. But for the most part, the early game is the most peaceful in a League of Legends match. Nothing to worry about, right? Well, not exactly.
See, it’s during early-game that map awareness is critical. You need to be mindful of what’s going on around the map, especially your lane and the Champion you’re up against. If your enemy Champion is missing, don’t waste time wondering where they went off to. Tell your teammates immediately via chat. If you fail to warn your teammates of a missing Champion, expect them to lash out at you. Another thing to avoid is to feed enemy Champions. Players are quick to blame “feeders” whenever the team is losing, even though there could be other factors affecting it. So don’t be that scapegoat. Play defensively if you’re up against a Champion who has already killed you once or twice. Don’t push your luck.
The mid-game is where players generally become freelancers during the match. It’s the stage where the first turrets have been taken out and Champions have reached certain levels, leaving players to roam the map and do whatever they please. An uncoordinated team can easily turn into a mess at this stage, which is especially dangerous when up against a well-coordinated enemy team.
The most important thing during the mid-game stage is communication between teammates. Let them know what you’re up to and don’t leave them wondering what the heck you’re trying to do running up and down the river. Trying to set up a gank? Tell them. Trying to help out another lane? Tell them. Trying to score extra gold off of neutral monsters? Let your jungler know. League of Legends is a team game. So don’t act like you’re playing a single-player game where you just do your thing and ignore everyone else. If you do, you’ll likely end up getting repeatedly ganked by the enemy, which feeds them.
The end-game or late-game stage is where players are usually decked out in full gear and are ready to end the match. Well, except maybe the players who did poorly during the earlier stages and are lagging in both levels and gear. You never want to be one of these players. Like during the mid-game stage, communication between teammates is critical during the end-game stage. This is where players engage in huge team fights in order to turn the tide of the match. Players are usually very tense at this stage, especially since a death translates to a long respawn.
Unfortunately, due to the tension, a minor mistake during end-game could easily cause your teammates to shove degrading remarks in your face. Naturally, you’ll get the urge to fire back and not let your pride and dignity take a beating. This is where the end-game could quickly turn into a blame-game where you and your teammates spend more time pointing fingers, especially when defeat is now fast approaching. The first thing to do is own up to your mistakes. You can apologize for your mistakes and vow to yourself to be better, instead of blaming others which would only breed more toxicity.
Second thing is to be a good sport. Congratulate your opponents after you’ve lost and then simply move on to the next match. There’s no use sticking around trading barbs with players you don’t even know. Your time would be better spent getting better at the game, which can be made easier via an unranked League of Legends account. Remember, you’re playing the game to have fun. So don’t let the toxicity get to you.
February 23, 2017 admin
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