Player Mentalities

 Hey guys! Feeling a bit under the weather today so I'm going to ease up on the mathy posts and bring you. Player Mentalities!


 These are traps that your mind can fall into as a player. Most of these are negative and you should avoid them, they only hinder your ability to improve.


Usually used as an excuse of the player, they only died because the enemy had some lucky play. Don't do this! unless your enemy crit you with 2% crit chance, or wriggles procced to steal baron it wasn't luck. Give your enemy some credit, they hit that skillshot, instead of calling it luck. Think that they WILL hit the skillshot if you are where they can hit it, instead move behind minions, or getting better are dodging and predicting where he will cast. You will actually improve your play, and you won't look like an crying 12 year old!


This can cover a lot of things, but is mostly used at lower play for Doran's. For some reason people here have 2 preconceived ideas. Doran's are good to stack as many as possible (3+) or never get them at all because they don't build into anything and you just sell them later. Both of these are false. Doran's are worth it in item efficiency, even if you sell them later, and are once of the most cost efficient items in the game. providing an extreme early game advantage. However once you have a couple you don't want to purchase any more, they are delaying your core item build.

Giving up

Now most people know that giving up is a bad idea, yet SO MANY people still do it. gg Evelynn, gg first blood etc. Do not give up. Ever. Until your nexus dies the game isn't over. Most of us have seen the youtube videos of aceing them with 500hp or less on the nexus and turning around the win. I have personally won games 3v5, with jungle Corki and jungle Cassiopeia, Ranked. If you outplay your opponent you can win in these situation. We are humans, we make mistakes. but even 3v5 if you make very very few mistakes while consistently punishing the enemies. you can win.

Elo Hell

It is a thing, to an extent. To put it simply, a player is not 1 exact Elo number. they are a range, some wider range then others. This is mostly based on your skill variance between champions etc. A play might be 1400-1600, depending on a lot of factors. They might play their best champs all the time and ride near 1600 or play whatever champ they feel like. Elo hell is the lower end of this range, you are comparatively better to most people at this, but it is part of your Elo range and you can find it hard to get out of. because you do belong there. Now saying you get trolls or leavers every game has been debunked countless times. 5 enemy chances, 4 on your own. the enemy will get trolls more then you will. The ONLY constant force between all your games, is yourself. Until you have played 100+ ranked games don't think your Elo is incredibly accurate. After that point, you most likely belong fairly close to where you are.


Now, let's set Eve aside here, because she is the only champ i feel is truly unviable at all. This is intentional, If you play Eve, you are pretty much saying, I'm not even going to try to play to win this game. But as for pretty much every other champion in the game. they are all viable. Unless you are at a tournament level of play, you can play basically any champ you want and do well if you are good enough. Spamhappy, Scarra, TiensiNoAkuma. Countless others, have shown characters who are "unviable" if played well can do just as well as any other champion, Katarina, Poppy, Kayle, Twitch. 90% of this game is player skill. Under gold level you can out cs your lane opponent massively if you can cs remotely close to top level play. this effectively nets you extra items etc. If you have 1 item and i have 2, it pretty much doesn't matter what champ I'm playing because I'm simply stronger then you. There are countless other examples here. If you love a champion, get good with them, don't care what people say. SHOW them how good the champ can be in the right hands. This is coming from a guy who loves and mains Katarina ;P  <3 Tiensi for introducing me to Kat through your videos.

Conversely if you think everything is OP and uncounterable, your pretty much dead wrong. Think about what you can do in the situation to outplay your opponent and win. don't just say its OP and give up that the game is imbalanced. It's not. Riot has done the best balancing of a PvP game i have ever seen, nothing else even comes close in my mind. So props to them for being badasses ;D


Don't do these! When I see people thinking like this ingame it's just sad, and makes me think they are either trolls or lack the mental capacity to think things through. If you actually think most of these through a little bit, it's pretty clear they are bad to do. So don't do them!! Also, stop yelling at me when I pick Kat mid, she's my favorite champion ok?

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  • #14 Taranking

    I have few good comments

    Re Luck: I recently laned with Jax in mid against Akali [stupid leavers again!]. I died to her twice, each time her ending up with around 20-40 hp. Score was 2:0 at that point... bought a pinky and she didn't even get me blow 70% hp when she died. I call this luck that she survived two previous fights :P

    Re Elo Hell: Best example will be me. I "used" to be 600 elo. Every single game I would go like 10/0 in 20 minutes... problem was that my team mates were feeding even more. I've gotten pissed and made new account. 1600 ELO, kkthxbye.

  • #13 nicomycousin

    About Elo Hell...

    Yes, I believe that no person is at a specific number of Elo and that people belong in a certain range of Elo; however, the things that make Elo Hell a reality are the facts that LoL is a team game and at Elo Hell your teammates can be unimaginably bad; and that for every game you only get about 10 points of Elo per win, making it incredibly difficult to crawl your way up from 800 to maybe 1600 where you deserve to be.

    I believe that Reginald accurately depicts the reality and troubles of a person stuck in Elo Hell.  

  • #10 ipumuk

    good post like always. i agree with everything.

  • #8 ziptofaf

    2.0 kda and 42.9% win ratio as your main...OK... 

    As much as I enjoy reading your posts, i do not like writing about something you have virtually no idea about. Bronze elo player that never got higher than 1320 and has <50% win ratio with his mains saying "Under gold level you can out cs your lane opponent massively" is something I don't like to hear from you EVEN if that would be true. If it was as easy and important as you suggest, why aren't you gold yourself?

  • #9 TheBirdOfPreyRoG

    my "main" for ranked is soraka. with 69.6% win ratio 4.1 KDA.  and 0.7  3.3  12.8 averages. I have a smurf currently sitting approx 1680 ELo, i didn't tkae the game seriously for 600+ gmaes on this account and only in the recent months have gotten seriously want to competitively improve as a player. even on my smurf 9 gmaes out of 10 i can out cs everyone else in the game, it is a strong mechanic skill for me, and allows me to have a massive advantage. i am by no means saying cs is 100% the way to win, beucase it isnt. but for 95% of hte playerbase imrpoving their cs is a simple thing to improve on that will go a long way. But i do appreciate these kind of comments. they make me want to improve even more as a palyer and pass gold on my main account ;D

  • #11 ziptofaf

    1.) Ur smurf is level 5 and you are talking about normal games elo that doesn't reflect anything, k thx ^_^ You and 1600 ranked elo would be the same as stating that you can fly in real life if you imagine you are phoenix. Sorry, not happening any time soon. 

    2.) GZ on out cs-ing other level 5-15 players! :D

    4.) Actually, not 95% of players.  CS is just a small part of a picture called laning. Its not like you lose cs because you cant last hit. But because enemy players are harassing you and stuff. What you have to learn is how to not let them do that and how to harass yourself. CS will come naturally from this - if you made some1 go back to base then u can safely farm and get 90-100% of minions during this time.

    4.) Yes, i will be trolling you whenever and wherever it's possible.  

  • #12 VVinrar

    get trolled by forneas bro

  • #7 DonYagamoth

    A negative attitude/mentality isn't something that loses games. It's to let the team mates know about your attitude/mentality that causes losses. As soon as your negative attitude/mentality is so strong, that it effects the team mates, you are going to lose in most cases.

    In short: If you are negative, you think it won't work out, keep it to yourself. The chances of winning despite that are higher if you don't spread the negativity :) 

    Last edited by DonYagamoth: 5/8/2012 5:06:47 AM
  • #6 HyperOmega

    there's a difference between viability and UP/OP, and there are plenty of UP champions it doesn't make them unviable, just increasingly situational.

    For ELO hell, once you're so far down, it's hard too suggest your particularly good unless you're a support player, if you main mid or jungle chances are you're at an accurate ELO/upper end of your ELO range, simply because these roles can carry a game off easier, where most games are decided pre 25 min, to come back at that point either it's really close or they threw the game pretty hard. Other roles can carry but with less consistency with the fact they have to get mega fed in lane, Mid and Junglers are inherently strong early on and have the ability to affect more lanes than their own with better chances of success. Not to say that you're not at your ELO range playing AD/top, just less likely to be at the upper end of it.

     for the most there comes a point where giving up is reasonable, ie. a 6/0 carry etc, when someone is simply so far ahead that taking caring of them just lets the other four members of their team destroy, yes you can essentially win from anything, but if someone got so far ahead, there's someone on your team who isn't upto par or generally sucking, ie. 0/6 practically no cs solo lane, and they're probably flaming etc, if all five people on your team are infact really good and the kills just happened to all fall onto one person and they got to snowball a little, yes fair enough you can win, but a lot of the time one person on the team doing well tends too mean someone on your team is raging/feeding/flaming and generally incredibly far behind.

     As for luck, lol this barely exists, the only time I ever called luck was when GP crit you with parley on ONLY the old crit mastery, the 2% and 4% is was some BS that the one spell that does a lot more damage than an auto gets a crit with so little crit chance on that one spell ¬_¬, that mastery was generally really bad for the game, now it's gone, luck feels almost none existent, the wriggles proc with crit is really lucky, considering it has a about 10% chance of occuring and can outdo smite (assuming IE, PD for crit).

  • #5 PocketMarsh

    1400 is the worst, saying it now.

    It is not ELO hell in the fact you can't get out or can't carry, its in the fact that everyone is an abolute d*ckhead, it is where people think they are the sh*t, i mean it happens at all ELO's but i have played from 750 elo through to 1633 and i will tell you it is the worst by far.

    ELO hell existed for me in season one for a single fact; I lost my first 11 games, someone do the math and tell me what my ELO got to, i had 3 more wins than losses (something like that) and my ELO was 850 at the end of the season, when i had a good average stat and guess what, when season 2 came around I got to 1600 within about 2 months, did i get trolls in season 1? did i get carried in season 2? who knows.

  • #4 FishFlakes

    poor eve

  • #2 MerryLane

    And :

    No, Eve is a viable champion :D

  • #3 QuinRo

    Eve IS VIABLE. The reason you don't play eve is because it creates a NEGATIVE ATTITUDE. There is no other reason. Personally, I'd rather not rustle the jimmies of my teammates


  • #1 VVinrar

    no, you will never be 1400.

    no, i will never play like a 1400. 

    no, counterpicking and versatility is 90% of the game.

    no, you are wrong. 

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