Ahoy there fellow Summoners and Riot.
About a year ago, I stumbled upon this video on YouTube named "League of A**holes - The Ranked Experience" by Elementz. It was definitely a great vlog to listen to and I feel it deserves attention from Riot. We'll keep this on the side.
Now, I haven't played Ranked in a long time. I became occupied with other video games (damn you Gabe) that I spent thousands of hours on. Every once in a while, I'd jump in an ARAM with my brother and a few friends to have some fun. At one point, my competitive side started knocking at my door again, awakened from his slumber, telling me to play ranked.
Obviously, I listened. I love competition. That and I was tired of the inactivity notification lol.
But before I jumped in ranked, I made sure to play a few dozen normal games in order to get rid of all the dust and rust I had from not playing a proper SR game for a while. When I felt I was ready and prime, I entered the realm.
In only four games, I remembered why I stayed away from ranked.
I do not understand why there are players with such good sportsmanship in normals, but absolute poison in ranked. Everybody is wishing each other good luck, insane invades are happening, the kills are very low, barely anybody is bad-mouthing others (it still happens obviously). Why are people playing so passionately in normals and not ranked? Isn't it also supposed to be passionate in ranked? Where people play to win, gain LP and move up the ladder? Oh no. Players are raging after losing a single kill, missing CS, blaming others, being utterly vindictive, wishing ill will on you and your family. Oh, not to mention the homophobic and racial slurs that are thrown left, right and center.
The list goes on and I won't bother because I know you guys have already been victims to such atrocious behaviour. Needless to say, after the four games, I went ahead and re-watched the video that I mentioned earlier. And you know what? It's true. There SHOULD be a ban from ranked games altogether. They can continue to play their normals and draft, but that's it, not ranked. Ranked has no place for those who are unable to control themselves and who's only intent is to ruin other people's experience.
I do not care if you are not mechanically adept or strong at the game. That's fine, we are still learning. I'm only silver II and an support/adc main, I know I got a TON to learn. But when someone forces others to mute them and creates a negative atmosphere, that's exactly when they should be removed from ranked. And the only way back in ranked would be to make an appeal.
Now don't get me wrong, Riot is trying their very best to deal with such toxicity and negativity, but unfortunately for them, it is difficult to keep their eyes on everyone, hence our beautiful (sometimes sullied) Tribunal system.
They don't even have to ban their accounts altogether, just ban them from ranked. The banning method (2-weeks, month, permaban) for the account can carry on the way it is, but for ranked it should simply be a ban and that's it. You want to get back in? Send Riot an appeal with your story as to why they should let you back in ranked. You should only be allowed a single chance. After Riot agrees to lift your ranked ban, they will let you know via email. Upon login, you will be warned that it is literally your last chance and if you are banned again, that's game over. That should instill the fear that the jerks have been lacking ("LOL REPORT ME, IDFC NOOB." Sounds familiar?)
Fellow Summoners and Riot, please do watch the video. And I hope this truly happens to make ranked a delightful experience. Will this make ranked harder? Hell yeah it will, with all the trolls and jerks out, but I'd MUCH rather have that than roflstomps here and there, simply because this duo queue decided to AFK because their team doesn't reach their expectations.
Here's the video you requested.
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