I adore League of Legends. I started playing in 2010, when Boyfriend thought it’d be a good game for us to play while we were apart over my college Thanksgiving break.
I was TERRIBLE back then. I’m still comparatively terrible now, but then I played with camera lock, didn’t use a mouse, and couldn’t even stay alive against beginner bots.
I spent time away from the game for about 2 years, playing World of Warcraft mostly. It wasn’t until Season 4 that I actually began playing again and started to really see improvement in my play. That’s when I started playing ranked.
I was atrocious in ranked placements, but somehow managed to make it to Silver 5. To make a long story short, I’ve played much less ranked than is required to actually climb, and was placed in Bronze 5 in Season 5 and again in Season 6, despite a 5-5 placement ratio.
My goal this season is simply to make it to Silver.
I actually started recording my games this season recently, to be able to look back on what I did wrong and mindfully figure out how to not make those same mistakes again in future games. It’s also nice when my recordings capture an awesome moment, like a three-person shockwave on Orianna that causes all three people caught in it to flash. I don’t play enough ranked to climb fast, but I am happy to have climbed to Bronze 4 so far and haven’t fallen back down yet.
The first games after my placements were crazy. It felt like I was with the worst of the worst of the League community – both skillwise and attitude-wise. People were yelling at each other, flaming, and doing absolutely atrocious plays and dying left and right. I think after my placements I lost at least 6-7 games in a row. I just kept going, figuring I’d have to win sometime. Then, I started to gain LP and climb through the tier. It was like something just clicked into place, and I actually won my first promotional series ever, and celebrated my promotion into Bronze 4 by dancing in my chair a bunch. I’ve stuck to mostly three champions – Ezreal and Lucian for bot lane and Orianna for mid. I feel that it is going to be easier this season too, since you only NEED to know two roles rather than all of them (jungling randomly in past seasons was NOT fun). I enjoy that I am good at and enjoy playing champions that are not banned often and mostly aren’t picked away from me.
As I reach each threshold, I am reminding myself not to be discouraged. I know that after that losing streak at the beginning, if I just keep playing the climb will continue. Right now, I’m in a ranked bounce house – I’ll lose one, win one, lose one, win two, lose two, and stay at approximately 50% winrate consistently. I know that eventually I will fix something that I’m doing wrong (or will get really lucky with my teams) and I’ll continue to climb from here. I still have until Worlds to climb to Silver 5 at minimum.
For me, having something that I like to do competitively is a new thing. I have never been competitive, not liking sports games and people worried so much about winning. But finding an outlet where I can compete and improve my own gameplay and mechanical skill is incredibly satisfying to do, which keeps me going back, wanting to play at least one game per day, if not more. It makes me want to read each patch notes as they come out, searching for changes to my favorite champions. It makes me want to watch professionals stream and learn more from their play as well. And ultimately, I am having fun, which is the most important part.
I will update you on my progress as the season goes on. Please leave any advice, encouragement, or ideas for music to listen to while I play in the comments! :)