League of Legend’s popularity as a major competitive game has skyrocketed since I first picked up the game over a year ago. Even with my interest in playing the game continually dwindling to increasingly rare occurrences of reinstalling, I do find myself drawn to read up on patch notes, new heroes, and tournament results. However, after a recent return to the game for a few weeks, I think I am ready to sign the divorce papers.
Before I say way, let me mention first why not. One of the major problems brought up about playing League and getting into it is the horrible community. Well, after several months of being away, I would like to praise what I did see of Riot’s game. I only ever play in the lowest of low, solo queue unranked, so I am used to taking verbal abuse for simple mistakes.
Riot has done a fantastic job cleaning up a lot of the vitriol first with their Tribunal system, and now with the addition of up-ranking positive teammates and opponents. Additionally, defaulting /all chat to be off really helped keep me from getting into verbal arguments with idiots just looking to act like they were absolutely more awesome than me in every way. Promoting your allies especially felt rewarding, as my typical cool and friendly demeanor often got rewarded whether I played poorly or not with the virtual equivalent of a high five or handshake. In the past, the typical mentality of the average League player and the resulting stupidity evident in almost nearly every match I played was often the prime reason for me walking away from the game. Even though that wasn’t entirely fixed this last playthrough, it still felt a lot more tolerable than ever before.
No, my issue is more with the fact that League, as it currently stands and has stood for at least two seasons now, is utterly boring.
When I first started playing League, I remember not worrying if the Support never got any minion kills or fighting over solo top or having to jungle because two people up top was fine. These might not have been optimal, even then, but they were at least acceptable for many players.
Now, almost every fight and every bit of hate mongering I witness in LoL extends from the fact that most people want the solo lanes or the AD bottom before they want to deal with being Jungle or Support. Over half of my games started with some rather inane argument about who called what first, usually resulting in someone quitting or dedicating the game to trolling. How absurd is it that the fun of my game is more often than not determined in the first minute of joining a game rather than any single minute of the actual gameplay?
League has become static and boring for me. Even at the lowest levels of the game where semi-serious and casual players like myself should dwell, the way people who play at the very top most level is held up as the only standard for everyone else. The variety is limited to narrowly set archetypes which prevent many of the game’s characters from being truly effective.
League is nothing more than a constant chain of QUEUE – ARGUE FOR MID OR TOP – QUIT, WAIT FIVE MINUTES – REPEAT, unless of course I want to babysit bottom and play Support or chance having my entire team yell at me constantly for playing a poor Jungle. Of course, I usually do just give in and play Support since a game should involve something more than just queuing and staring at chat logs all day. Thankfully, I am tired of queuing.