Riot Makes Case for Not Being a Dick in LOL

If it wasn’t for the mute button, I would have given up playing League of Legends long, long ago. The fun, competitive, and infamously toxic MOBA really sucks when you’ve got to play with ragers. That’s something developer Riot is well aware of, and now it’s making its case for playing, you know, like a decent human being. In a new video, Riot throws a boatload of stats at us to prove that ragers aren’t just jerks, they decrease their own as well as the entire team’s chance at victory.

The core stat: An average team without raging wins 54% of its matches, Riot claims, while a team with people more interested in typing insults than actually playing wins just 46% of the time. Support and help your teammates, even when they’re playing poorly, and you’ll increase your chances at victory, Riot says.

Personally, I think Riot is skewing the stats juuust a bit. When a team is winning there are rarely ragers. It’s when the losing starts, and a victory is already neigh impossible, that the raging really begins. So which comes first: the losing or the raging?

Either way, there’s no skewing this stat: 100% of the ragers in LOL make playing the MOBA painful.

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2 Comments on Riot Makes Case for Not Being a Dick in LOL


On September 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I think the point here is that helping your teammates, even the ones that aren’t doing so well, helps the community overall. When you have players being insulted all the time for not playing very well, that doesn’t encourage them to get better, it encourages them to quit.


On September 13, 2013 at 4:08 am

It is true that when people start putting the focus on their chat and typing instead of on their lane and gameplay, things start to go downhill very fast. I’ve seen quite a few people stand still in lane while ragetyping and the getting caught by the other team. But other than that, when people gets mentally defensive, their gameplay suffers. Best is to just mute anyone that raises the red flag of rage ASAP and keep going on with your game. Never have I made a comeback in lane or in the game while having my attention drawn to ragers in the chat every minute. Better to mute.