The 9 Layers of ELO Hell.

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Venjamin

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10-14-2010

+1 would read again!


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Edoser

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10-14-2010

"This ELO range consists of players who are pretty much raging before the game even starts."

This did it for me.


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Knights Realm

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10-14-2010

freaking awesome man


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Wraeith

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10-14-2010

Sexy to say the least.


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Str

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10-14-2010

Fun read


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Litenup

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10-14-2010

ive been from upper 900 to 1300's, twice. i almost always solo the solo q. the first week every game i played had at least 3 feeders, and half of them left afterwards. this is how i dropped down to below 1000. the second week went much bettter and i reached 1300's, only to hit another week of leaver feeding teem mates. i dunno about the upper lvl's but amazingly accurate info for those tiers.


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SaintAnti

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10-14-2010

+1 to you good sir, entertaining read.


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Yobber

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10-14-2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kama Toki View Post
1st Layer
(0-300 ELO)

A haze fills the air as you wonder to yourself, "How did i get here?" "Is this even possible?". You wonder if stacking Maladies was such a good idea after all, but in truth it's much more than that. If you're in this layer you're actually suffering the least. Chances are you don't use your keyboard to hit abilities and you're a "clicker". Chances are you ignore teammates and attempt to solo towers without minion support. Your allies aren't much different and there is a high chance they aren't even humans in the first place. The closest you could imagine would be a cactus sitting at a computer in the middle of a desert attempting to play this game with you.

This may sound terrible but in essence it's not, you're fine. No stress no worries, your teammates aren't telling you to go die or complaining about how bad you are. Chances are nobody can even type in the first place. This is heaven compared to the lower levels,



2nd Layer
(300-600 ELO)

A faint smell of arcid smoke fills the air and the bitter taste of metal flirts over your tongue. You're in a pretty bad place and you know it. Your allies are definitely human and speaking some foreign dialect you can't understand, chances are they don't even understand each-other, and teamwork is completely absent from any of your strategies. Even so the gameplay bears a very minimum resemblance to an actual game. The entropy of your allies and enemies may bug you a little if you're not used to it, but there's honestly nothing wrong with the game lasting so long that the minions win it by default.

Your teammates still can't yell at you because you don't understand them. I mean they might be yelling at you in Martian but it's not like you care, definitely not as stressful as the depths to come. Mostly because as bad as your allies are, you're pretty much ripping apart the enemy single handedly anyway.



3rd Layer
(600-900 ELO)

Well they started speaking English now, but they have terrible spelling (this is a given). You see this is the true level where all those "BR" players who don't speak English go, and it's a great reason to laugh at all those "I HATE BR" threads, because you know for a fact that those poor souls can't even play the game well enough to distance themselves from other players that don't speak English.

Phrases like "gibe me moniez plz" or "umad" or "itrolu" are common here. Ironically this level also has less teamwork than the previous one, this is because this is where all the players who suck end up, and then begin trolling to make it look like they are there intentionally. If you're a serious player then even being only three layers in is highly dangerous to your health, only rage comes from passing here.



4th Layer
(900-1200 ELO)

Smell of sulfur everywhere and the oppressive heat is getting to your head, hopefully you get out of here quick...

The "Misplaced Tryhard" level as i like to call it. This ELO range consists of players who are pretty much raging before the game even starts. Chances are the players are also always between the ages of 12-14. They feel that they were misplaced and aren't actually this bad, when in reality they are much much worse. Teamwork once again is LOWER than the previous levels, this is because your teammates are too busy blaming that 9/1 teemo for the loss, or *****ing at that guy who plays AP taric instead of AD.

Whatever they are complaining about, they think they are always right, always the best and always not the one at fault for the loss. If you manage to keep your sanity in this 4th layer, you've already won the game forever, because if you can accept that sometimes maybe sometimes, it was your fault your team lost... then you're always a better player than the 900-1200 range.



5th Layer
(1200-1500 ELO Normal, 1200-1400 Ranked)

It's deep and dark and the flickering piles of burning Evelyns/Jax are everywhere. It smells like the charred bodies of one thousand minions all mixed with excrement. Needless to say it's not a pleasant place to be.

This is the first major "Cutoff Point" Essentially where those champions you have been enjoying for the first 1200 or so ELO become... bad... Evelynn, Jax, Alistar, Urgot... if you pick these guys you get to deal with an entire team *****ing at you, an entire team blaming you and chances are you won't do too hot in the first place. This is where teamwork really starts, and this is where team composition starts mattering. You can't just solo push and win the game with Yi anymore, you have to help your allies too.

Of course you will still be blamed for the loss, or feeding or whatever else. Technically this is the range of "Tryhards" where if you screw up you're going to be reported, if you yell at them for reporting you, you're going to be reported and then banned, if you yell at riot for banning you they nerf your favorite champion to the ground and laugh. That or Guinsoo trolls you and you become the laughingstock of the community for the day. Usually riot enjoys strategically linking the chat logs with the 14+ comments about your mother from the enemy team cut off, and your chat telling them that their mother's niece is a hooker (which happens to be a fact) in plain view.

"This can't be that bad" you say to yourself, but it is. You're going to do badly and you're going to get reported for it and chances are you're going to yell at someone who is yelling at you and bad things will happen. This is pretty much where the most players are "Banned" from, at-least the ones who don't spam allchat with racial slurs.

Games don't end very well here, you're either happy that your team did well and won, or depressed because you lost for some stupid reason. Games here can leave you in a VERY sour mood, in which you will take out your anger on someone else, propagating the process.



6th Layer
(1500-1800 ELO Normal, 1400-1600 Ranked)

This is a pretty big range, it's essentially where you stop killing things. Those days of 40 kills on twitch? Well you're only going to get 20 now. Consider your average scores halved on most champions, or on others they can drop as low as 1/4th of what you're used to getting. Everyone is just a better player here, and they die many many times less.

Wards are now popular too, wards are also everywhere. You're now required to spend atleast 300-400g a game on buying shiny little wards to help your team not die as much. Course they were around before, but up here they really explode into commonplace.

Your build is going to seem much less efficient now, You'll be really sad because suddenly you're not killing as much as you used to, and you're going to think its your fault or they nerfed you or something is wrong with your items. In this ELO range you really can't be happy, you're continuously searching for the correct items and runes and masteries and they just don't work like they used to.

When you get here, get ready to be depressed.


7th Layer

(1800-2100 ELO Normal, 1600-2000 Ranked)

The official "Cutoff Point #2" this isn't just evelynn or jax anymore. This is about 35 Champions now that if you play them you're a "Noob". Reporting, feeding, intentional trolling, and tryhard 5 man teams are pretty much all that exist at this level.

Mostly because 65% of the players who reach this level have to switch mains now from perfectly fine tanks like Rammus, to Shen or Amumu who everyone seems to think are tons better. If you see an Evelynn the chances are it's going to be the best player on your team, even better then you and that Tier 1 champion you've been playing this entire time. The sad fact is, the lack of facing evelynn in the last 600 ELO range means you forget how she even works, and the people who were truely good with her pretty much tear you up. No worries though you'll learn again soon.

The game switches from "lets kill people for gold" to "let's last hit for gold and farm dragon/baron". Champions steamroll and become unstoppable (twitch) and the team who wins is decided from champion select. At this depth of ELO hell it really doesn't matter who your teammates are and how good they are, whoever picks the best team composition wins, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Tier lists are law here, and if you stray from any of them you're reported for intentional feeding. Because that's pretty much what you're doing anyway.


When my fireproof pants come in the mail ill venture deeper and tell you what i find.
Why do the first three layers start off like any given 80's Iron Maiden song?


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Zarifes

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10-14-2010

I enjoyed that very much. Thank you, OP.


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Petrichor1

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10-14-2010

If you see Dante down there, tell him he owes me $15 and a cookie. thanks !