Oh boy, where do I begin? It was about two months ago. After a series of losses on Solo Queue I was demoted from Platinum II to Platinum III. I had never been demoted, always on the rise. I took this demotion very hard to the point where I considered dropping League of Legends. Instead of taking it to the extreme, I decided to take a break. I had planned to take a one week break, but that break kept extending as other games were released. Finally, after about two months, I have returned.
I reread my first post. I have to admit, I somehow inspired myself to get on the ladder and start climbing again.
"You learn more from a loss than a win." - vVv Doomhammer
As always, there are things to learn from defeat. I noticed that there are some people out there on the solo queue ladder with malicious intent. It's just human nature, there's not much you can do about it. Anything from a misplaced ward, a missed skill shot, or even a failed gank can spark these individuals. Their ego ignites and explodes into a catastrophic event which derails an easy victory and turns it into an epic struggle that eventually leads to defeat. These individuals think that by purposely losing the game, they will teach you a lesson. You can't let people like this bring you down with their fallacies, stay strong and stay on that ladder. Take a break if you have to, but never give up!
In the beginning, we were created. How or when we got here is not of importance. What matters is taking the first step of the journey.
I finished my placement matches the day after the season reset and ended up with a 5-5 win-loss ratio. I went from being Platinum III at the end of last season to Platinum V. Don't delay your placement matches! I know you want to know where you end up. Get those placement matches done!
I see a lot of people worried about their placements matches. "What if I end up in Bronze V!?" Then you end up in Bronze V. Don't be discouraged by your standing in the ladder. Challenge yourself to advance! You've played ranked before, you know how exhilarating it can be to advance to the next division. "Oh, I'll just wait until the bad players and trolls are done with the placement matches." There will always be trolls and bad players. Devote yourself to the match despite feeling an impending loss on the horizon. You will grow as a player as long as you keep and open mind and focus on improving. Perhaps the person who's doing bad isn't a bad player, and are simply having a bad game. It happens, we've all been there. Don't be judgmental on someone you're only playing one game with. Remember that time you fed? Of course you do.
This is my first blog entry and I hope there's many more to come. I'll will update this blog whenever I feel I've gathered enough insight playing League of Legends and can bestow my ideas and philosophies upon everyone. Feel free to leave any feed back. I'm open to criticism!