Originally Posted by Ephringael
But there is also that good chance that the placeholder player in this situation is no where near as good as they think they are.
Your numbers are assuming that the player claiming to be in elo hell is good. When statistically they are either average. 75% of League plaeyrs fall into this category.
Assuming the player claiming to be in elo hell is bad. The enemy team has the advantage. It all depends on which side you are looking at.
No, I'm not assuming they are good. I'm assuming they are as good as you.
How you interpret that is up to you.
And quite frankly, whether the player is good or not is irrelevant. Don't obfuscate with unnecessary details.
Because the principles applies the same regardless of the actual Elo.
It comes down to bit of probability. If your match chances are in your favor, then your Elo is too low and it'll go up a bit. If your match chances are against your favor, then your Elo is too high and it'll go down. If it is even, then Elo matchmaking has found your level.
You team has an advantage when it comes to getting players at your level and not getting players worse than you as well. Players better than you might be an issue but they are going to be pushed up by Elo matchmaking. So they shouldn't be a major spoiler to the Elo system.