Monday, February 25, 2013

The Sad Truth about LoL

Over the past couple of weeks, I have come to a realization about League of Legends.  They recently introduced a new ranking system more akin to Starcraft 2.  Basically, it's all about advancing in your division rather than just upping your ELO.  Each division has sub divisions too, like where I am at: Silver 5.

I can reach Silver 4 by winning a  bunch of matches and getting 100 league Points.  Then I have to win 2 out of 3 promotion matches.  Rinse and repeat until I get ready to go into the Gold division, which I believe requires winning 3 out of 5 in your promotion series.

Anyway, the realization I came to was I have virtually no chance of ever reaching Gold.  Am I a Gold level player?  Maybe, maybe not.  That's not really the issue.  The problem is I just cannot play enough games to make it there.  If I completely dedicate myself to LoL, which is not likely, I could probably fit in 2 games a day during the week on average.

On the weekends, maybe I could play 4 a day.  That's with me not playing any other games.  It would still take a long time for me to climb out of Silver 5 and into Gold.  That's not even considering what it would take to reach ever higher divisions.

So what's the solution to this rather demoralizing problem?  Smaller goals is probably the answer.  If I forget about Gold and higher divisions and just concentrate on moving up in the Silver division then I still have an achievable goal.  In the back of my mind, I'll still know Silver is still Silver though.