Pet Peeve: Casual Attitude in a Competitive Environment

I wrote a long rant about how I felt about casual ranked players in “League of Legends,” but I wanted to emphasize in this post how much I think they are indirectly toxic for ranked play.

No matter how you want to argue it, ranked mode in LoL should be considered competitive. Regardless of what Elo you are, no matter what division you are in, ranked play is intended to be the “serious” mode for LoL. If you want to dink around, practice, play for fun and whatnot … there are normal games for this purpose.

To approach the ranked mode with anything less than a win-driven attitude is counterproductive and definitely detrimental.

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8 thoughts on “Pet Peeve: Casual Attitude in a Competitive Environment

  1. wah wah waaaaaaah August 4, 2013 / 6:10 am

    Cry some more.

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  2. anonymous August 4, 2013 / 8:47 am

    Would you.. umm.. like to divulge? This is like 3 sentences long. WHY is it toxic? What made you decide it was toxic? How do the two play-styles compare?

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    • Nhan-Fiction August 5, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      I linked to the first long post I wrote about it. Basically, I think it is toxic because someone who is playing casually (AKA not trying their hardest) can be detrimental to your team when ranked is supposed to be “serious” play.

      You go against a team full of try-hards who want to beat you with everything they got, and then you get that one guy/gal who is barely breaking a sweat and not giving it their all. It is no surprise that the side with the try-hards usually will win.

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  3. duckman777 August 4, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    Interesting. I’ve always taken a laid-back attitude toward gaming, particularly Magic, but at the same time, I get irritated during Friday Night Magic or during a real tournament if the people I’m playing against are hyper-serious.

    I could see how someone should take a ranked tournament seriously, but at the same time, don’t let the competition and drive to win overwhelm you. There are always going to be people with different playing styles and who approach it from a different angle. If I knew it bothered you to face an opponent who acted casual, I’d be casual to try and get an edge.

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    • Nhan-Fiction August 5, 2013 / 2:12 pm

      It is all about context. If the goal is to win, to be serious is to be expected. I don’t really have anything against people who play Magic casually and like to participate in tournaments and stuff. Perhaps they just want to see how their decks fare, and winning is just a bonus.

      However, if the focus is on trying to come out on top of the pack, I just believe people have to bring their A-game to the table, which entails being very fixated at winning at all costs.

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  4. davontebradley August 5, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    The issue I see here is that people aren’t understanding that this is a team oriented game. You have to cooperate with each other in order to succeed and win in virtually every situation. If someone, or people, on your team in a ranked match aren’t actually trying their best to win, then it is actually toxic because their actions don’t affect just themselves, it affects the team their on. Imagine playing tug-of-war and over half of your team simply has their hands on the rope but aren’t pulling because they don’t care to win. Now this behavior would be fine in most cases, but say there was money or something else that others on the team viewed important on the line. Those teammates who don’t try are going to lower your chances at winning and the only way to overcome that is if you try EVEN harder to make up for their lack of cooperation. In League of Legends in ranked games that’s essentially what happens.

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    • Nhan-Fiction August 5, 2013 / 8:08 pm

      The tug-of-war analogy is great. I shall keep that in mind when trying to explain it in the future. 🙂

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      • davontebradley August 5, 2013 / 8:18 pm

        It was the first example I could come up with that I felt fit the situation best XD

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