So some of you might have been wondering if I, Elementz’ infamous website bitch, played League of Legends or not. Well the answer is yes I do.
But I don’t play at anywhere near Elementz’ level. I play in something commonly referred to as ELO hell, and I’ve convinced Elementz to let me write about it.
So my rankings are 1413, 1068, 1262. They used to be all 1350+. About 2 months ago I decided to get a win with every hero, and that resulted in the ELO drop that has landed me here. I accomplished that goal, but now I can’t climb out of the hole it put me into. Do I think I belong in this ELO bracket? No. Do I think I belong above 1500? Hell no.
Now that that is all said, I’d like to write a bit about some of the issues that are plaguing this ELO bracket.
Today what I want to write about is the reporting system. When I play solo queue I’m ranked with players that are so low that they think they have nothing to lose, so first time things don’t go their way, they either AFK or mass feed. This ruins the fun of the other 9 players in the game, so their natural recourse is to report that person for their actions and go on to the next game. Issue closed. This is where my problem comes up. To me, after that report is filed the issue is not closed.
He wanted our Nunu to face check the bushes on bottom. When Nunu didn’t, the feeder(TF) pushed too far and they both got killed. The TF then raged and began fighting with the Nunu. After about 2 minutes of the fighting, TF decided he was fed (lol pun) up and began ulting into their ww in the jungle. 15 deaths later the game ended, I reported him (as I’m sure that the other 9 players did) and then left and went on to play one more game for the day.
I’m aware that Riot says they actively monitor the reports, great, but how do I know that the players I’ve had issues with get punished. I don’t get to play many games, and when 45 minutes of my time get wasted I want to know the result. I’m not saying that I expect every report I file to get someone punished, but I’d like to at least know that some of them do.
I think that Riot should send you a notification for each player they punished that you filed a report against. A simple follow up message would do two things.
Encourage positive behavior in some that situations that would lead to leaving/feeding. If a player reports someone, sees a punishment, and then later considers leaving/feeding, they will think twice knowing that the consequences are real.
Give the players who are affected by this behavior the encouragement to continue filing these reports, knowing they aren’t futile. Additionally, it would act as some sort of compensation for the 45 minutes of time lost to feeding/afking/leaving. Knowing that your report actually influenced the removal of this type of behavior makes the experience more palatable.
Let me know what you guys think about your feelings on the subject. Also, I’d like to know if people are even interested in reading about what someone stuck in ELO hell thinks.