LEAGUE OF LEGENDS ELO HELL MEANING / DEFINITION
During League of Legends ranked games on low ELO you сan often hear “ELO Hell” phrase from people who believe that their team let them down. The definition of ELO hell is that there are uncarryable low leagues (however you can hear ELO hell even at platinum or low diamond leagues) because they are full of trolls, AFKers, leavers, flamers and unskilled players. This idea continues with thought that even if your skill is above skill of people you are playing with, you have to be lucky to get out of those leagues and improve your position in ranked queue.
There are two opposite views on ELO HELL in League of Legends:
- ELO HELL is real thus it is impossible to get out of it and you would keep losing due bad players in your games until you ride the wave of fortune and get a deserved win streak.
- ELO HELL is just excuse for the players who can’t accept that the league they got stucked at for a long time is their real league.
We will consider from different point of view and will prove why second thought is right.
IS ELO HELL REAL? MATHEMATICAL ARGUMENTS.
CURRENT POSITION AGAINST SKILL RELATED POSITION
Since outcome of the game depends not only on the player but his and enemy teams, we have to admit that there is luck factor in League of Legends. But according to discipline of mathematical statistics the more you play the less luck factor plays a role.
Let’s consider two positions:
- Players current position: the position player currently occupies.
- Players truly deserved position: the position which players belongs to by a skill.
According to mathematical statistics the more you will play the closer you will be to you deserved position and doesn’t matter how far you can rise of fall at particular times.
It can be illustrated by coin tosses. Probability that you will get head by a toss is 50%, however until you make decent amount of tosses you can get numbers far from 50%. With each next toss percentage of heads will approach to 50%:
TROLL CHANCE IN YOUR TEAM
Since there are only 4 slots for trolls in your team (considering If you yourself not a troll player) and 5 slots in opposite, existence of trolls, afkers and leavers affects your winrate positively!
This doesn’t mean that trolls are good. It is obvious that they are ruining games, no matter which team they belong to. The main thought of this idea is that if you are good and fair player you will see trolls in opposite team more often than in yours. It can be easily counted: with totally 9 slots, chances are 4/9 = ~44% against 5/9 = ~56% for an enemy team. Twelve percent is a big diffence in your favor. It also can be calculated for 2 or 3 trolls, but the advantage is still on your side.
However according to psychology science humans are giving significantly more attention to bad things rather than good and that’s why often people think that they are unlucky because only they got hit by the trolls. We will discuss psychology aspect later in this article.
NEARLY NINE OF TEN OF PLAYERS BELONG TO “ELO HELL” LEAGUES
According to league distribution statistics there are nearly 90% of players occupy a position in the bronze or silver leagues and exactly those leagues are called ELO hell. Saying that absolute majority of players belong to leagues with the luck as the only chance to get out is just not rational.
IS ELO HELL REAL? PSYCHOLOGIAL ASPECTS.
PERCEPTION OF RANDMONESS
Pattern recognition is one the strongest sides of human species, however problems are starting when we meet randomness. We are trying to find patterns even in the objective chaos (e.g. gambling) and often we are successful in that search. When we meet randomness, especially if we don’t like this randomness we are starting to look for patterns and connections. This why people are yelling: “Oh, god! Why me again?”, when troll is spoiled in their team. We can easily start to believe that reality is against us if we focus on our bad luck.
We can’t remember everything. However stressful events are stored well in our memory. Usual wins or loses won’t stay long in memory, leaving only small satisfaction or dissapoitment while games where you have lost because of trolls, disconnect or due flame player take up significant part of your memory space and would be remembered much longer. Wins leave less trail in memory because most players start games expecting that they will win. In cases when they really win, it perceived as self-evident and don’t take much place in memory.
We like to think that we are more skilled than we really are. In this case, we are looking for reasons why league we occupy is lower than we want to. Shifting blame from ourselves to others is popular scenario. Thinking that your stuck at elo hell because of an unidentified group of people is big obstacle on your way to improve.
Lose streak is frustrating but win streak is deceiving. Win streak brings people to league which doesn’t match their skill and makes them feel that this is their real league. As well as lose streak, win streak doesn’t show your skill if it’s impossible to keep position after it.
ELO BOOSTERS EXPERIENCE
There is reason why the lower division the lower cost is: the lower the division is the easier to carry games on that level of play. There are no uncarryable elo hell which can’t be beaten and it was proven numerous times. Moreover there are no leagues without trolls, afkers and flamers. This is part of human nature and it is spread everywhere.
ELO HELL DOES NOT EXIST
There are many facts saying that ELO hell is a fiction. We considered it by looking from various angles: mathematical, psychological and on field experience. However this doesn’t mean that you can’t be hit by lose streak or get a harsh day full of trolls, but this shouldn’t stop you on your way to improve: watch yourself, notice there you have done mistake and do not repeat it in a future.
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