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Ranked Bill of Rights

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MathMage

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01-29-2011

Disclaimer: All statements apply only weakly to normal games, and can be waived by 5-man consensus at any time.

1. The summoner has the right to a team that plays to win.
If you queue up for a game, you are making a contract with four other guys that you will break the enemy's Nexus before they break yours, or at least give it a damn good shot. If you queue up with no expectation of contributing to that goal, you're pissing on your teammates. That means you, intentional feeders. That means you, first-time Shaco player who doesn't know why a second Shaco appeared when you pressed R, or why you suddenly started attacking Rammus in tower range, or why Thornmail-stacking Ashe is a bad idea. That means you, Mr. "I'm 7/1/2 with 200 CS and 10k gold, who gives a **** about towers or teamfights?" We give a ****, because that's the point of the game, and if you don't, why the hell are you here?

2. The summoner has the right to a team that plays together.
Riot decided to make it impossible to win the game on your own, God knows why--thought it'd make the game more interesting or something. Whatever the reason, the fact is that you can't break that Nexus by being the better player--you have to be the better team. You gotta talk to each other, listen to each other, work with each other. Sometimes that means you gotta man up and play the ****ing tank, take the duo lane, and screw your KDR. No, you can't play Squishy Carry #4. No, you can't insist on solo mid Eve. No, you can't just farm top for 40 minutes and ignore the calls to group. I don't give a **** if you speak English or Swahili, but if you can't or won't respond to "karth mia," "focus ashe," "baron," or well-placed pings, then get the **** out of my game. And so help me, I will hunt you down if you leave or AFK.

3. The summoner has the right to civility.
This is a goddam game. You may have all the killer instinct of Mike Tyson (or Jack the Ripper), but if you suck the fun out of playing, the whole exercise is worthless. Plus, you'll lose. The chatbox is not for revealing to your teammate what a ****ing ghey n00b excuse for dog food he is because he gave up first blood or stole your pentakill or built double Infinity Edge on Karthus. The chatbox is for helping your team win the goddam game. Anything you put in the chatbox that doesn't do that is a waste of time and emotional energy. Get as mad as you like--scream, stamp, break things, whatever--but don't you hit that enter key and try to make your teammates feel as ****ty as you do. That's the mark of a loser, and if you're a loser, who the **** cares if you're losing?

Play to win, play together, play nice. It's that simple. If you can't deal with it, take your two remaining brain cells and go farm bots.

Inspired by condon's Thou Shalt Read This MFing Thread (http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=71443) and OmegaHorizon's own Bill of Rights (http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=478318). See also EncasedShadow's I pledge to follow the code (http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=110203).

Attention all: I will be going to a private chat named "BillOfRights" (suggestions for a better name are welcome!). I'm not on all day, but I'm on almost every day. Besides, I'm not the main attraction--you are! This is an opportunity for serious players to find each other, discuss LoL, and set up premades. Have at it, and have fun queuing--something that's certainly difficult without a like-minded team!


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MathMage

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01-29-2011

Reserved for responses and clarifications. If you agree with the OP, please add your signature to the thread. Please make it obvious that you are signing or not signing, because I get a lot of ambiguous 'maybe he wants to sign, maybe he's just trolling' posts and I'm not sure whether to count them.

Policy regarding violators: Obviously I can't exert much influence over players with just a post on the forums. That said, I can hardly just do nothing if someone violates the Bill. So for what it's worth, if I see strong evidence of your having violated the Bill, I will strike your signature from the list and add (Removed) next to your name. Anyone who reads this post will see that you violated the Bill of Rights, undermining your credibility on the forum and in the game.

If you think your removal is unjustified, friend me in game and persuade me of it. I'll treat such things on a case-by-case basis for now.

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KnightRider9:
Maybe most that agree to this can start adding each other as friends and be able to 5-man or at least duo in queue with each other!


Bloody hell, I wish I'd thought of that before you and Cyrad posted, because that's a great idea. How about this: Anyone who's willing to accept friend requests from fellow signers of this list, please say so in your signature post, and I will put an asterisk next to your name.

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MehtaMezhan:
This will be agreed upon by a legion of people who already agree with these concepts, and ignored by people who do not agree / don't care.
Net effect: none


The one demographic I think I can hit here is ragers. The others either aren't interested in making Ranked a pleasant experience, or don't visit the forums. Ragers love to invent justifications for why they're allowed to rage; hopefully I'm stripping those rationalizations away, to some extent. Of course, that only happens if the thread gets visibility.

The other thing I meant to do here is grind down to these basic concepts, and drop all the foofoorah that surrounds them. I don't care about the IQ of my teammates, but I see people lament about the need for IQ testing as a prerequisite for playing ranked. I don't care what language my teammates speak as long as we coordinate, but many people mistake a language barrier for a coordination barrier. People search for systematic excuses for which they can blame Riot (the randomness of matchmaking, or the 1200 Elo start point, or the availability of free-week champs)--but the problem lies with we the players first and foremost. Etc. I want to prune that unnecessary garbage and focus on the essentials. We don't have a right to 50/50 matches every game. We don't have a right to 1600 Elo ratings. We don't have a right to perfect champion balance. The rights of the ranked player are simple, basic things that can only be provided by a responsible ranked playerbase.

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DCGFTW]Points 1&:


If anything, I'd think it's point 1 that comes down on players who are 'bad'. Point 2 only has to do with players who ignore each other, which has little to do with skill level.

But I think there's a meaningful distinction to be made between players who simply aren't very good, and players who IP farm to 30 and queue up without knowing what a gank is, or what a tank is. Playing to win means having some idea of what you, and your team, need to do to win. The saying is 'ignorance can be cured, but stupid is forever.' But the corollary is that someone who refuses to cure their ignorance is deliberately costing his team.

I don't mind playing basketball with people who can't make shots, get the ball stolen, whatever; but if they don't know that you have to dribble in order to move around, they probably shouldn't be playing. And that's just a pickup game. Ranked is (nominally) a competitive environment. So yes, there's a certain baseline, not of skill, but of knowledge, that I expect of someone who queues up for it. Cruelty? Cruelty is inflicting oneself on competitive teammates for half an hour when one doesn't know how to play the game.

Very little about any of this is enforceable. We have the Ranked environment we have now for that reason (in part). These aren't laws, they are the responsibilities of the playerbase. The hope is that people choose to uphold them, not that people will be forced to follow them.

[QUOTE=Ravage Savage;5828183]If you suck, expect to be told so. Instead of acting like a prepubescent drama queen and imploding when your ego is hurt in an online game, try sucking less and learn to play.


Oh, I know I ****ing suck at this game. Look at my recent matches if you think I have any illusions on that score. S'why I spend so much time playing normals trying to learn to suck less before taking on my next Ranked game. That doesn't mean I need some self-satisfied blame-game troll to tell me that, because I'm going to need to work with him if either of us wants to win, and getting in a pissing contest about whose fault it is that they got our mid inhibitor is counterproductive.

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Dagna:
its hard to take this serious with the way it is worded...


Yah, it's rather ironic that I profanely urge civility. But hey, I could write the way I normally do, and get basically no views or comments, because I'm not writing about a controversial topic like Elo Hell or Brazilians or boobs. If I'm preaching to the choir, and I'm doing it melodiously, there's no reason to read--people will upvote and move on, and the thread will disappear. Discordance will attract attention more than harmony.


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I'm glad to see so many people signing up. It's really tempting to be cynical and fatalistic about trolling and bad behavior on the Internet.

The natural next step is to join forces...for justice! /corny

No, for serious. Next time I sign in, I'm going to pick four names off this list and invite them to a game. First step towards building a community from this list of signatures. I encourage other signers to do the same.


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Birdjuice

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01-29-2011

Agreed.


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MathMage

Senior Member

01-29-2011

Needs a bump.


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Brohoof

Senior Member

01-29-2011

Bump, Riot needs to make this into a ToS thing you have to agree to before starting solo q


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MathMage

Senior Member

01-29-2011

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BDunn:
Bump, Riot needs to make this into a ToS thing you have to agree to before starting solo q


Heh, I think I'd have to tone down on the profanity a little for that.


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Caes08

Member

01-29-2011

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MathMage:
Heh, I think I'd have to tone down on the profanity a little for that.


the small amount of profanity in that post is nowhere near the amount found in any game that someone will play... unless its a game with 9 bots

+1 for sure


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MehtaMezhan

Senior Member

01-29-2011

This will be agreed upon by a legion of people who already agree with these concepts, and ignored by people who do not agree / don't care.
Net effect: none


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Marine436

Senior Member

01-29-2011

here here ! three cheers for Math mage for he has found the Formula to our hearts


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ooweirdoo

Senior Member

01-29-2011

coolstuffs