Quote from Swagstallion »
True: the average donk usually doesn't do too well, but people who have the resources and can learn the game usually do alright.
League is also like;
Magic the Gathering
There is an element of luck to them, for certain, but the person who does everything they can to give themselves every opportunity to be lucky will come out ahead much more often then somebody who just rolls the dice and throws up their hands.
There are a couple of things that are very frustrating in LoL that makes it seem like dumb luck.
Your real skill vs. perceived skill: People think they are better than they really are. Do I think I am better than the average Bronze player? Yup. Can I hit 60 creeps by 10. Nope. Can I consistently and successfully roam from mid. Nope. Do I make bad decisions sometimes? Yup. Guess I'm not all that great. If you are not working on improving, it sure does seem like blind luck, because you're doing the same thing over and over, and getting the same results.
ELO/MMR/MAGIC NUMBERS: I could be wrong on this one, but the system does seem to punish those that have to work a bit harder to improve at first vs. people who have a great start. If you don't do very well in placement matches or your first few ranked games (maybe even normal games to determine placement placements), chances are, it is going to be along haul. The game wants to make sure you're better, and even if you are better than when you started, the game doesn't seem to believe it unless you get winning streaks, which are hard to come by.
Personally I agree with this one and like you said we both could be wrong, but if you go into your place ment matches and rank any lower than silver 1 or gold 5 starting out You can forget ever making it into the higher elos.