Originally Posted by CounterSnipe
Then why do some players have smurf accounts with several hundred more points of elo than they do on their main accounts?
I'd really love to hear the answer to that one.
i'm not sure if you're trolling, but that doesn't make sense. A smurf account is an account that is lower than your main account ELO so you can play against people weaker than you. If your smurf account is several hundred points higher, I think you would just consider that your new main account.
To address some other comments:
yes it would be annoying to think of a person getting carried to 1300 elo by luck of the draw, but that person would be an extreme statistical rarity (assuming he played at the skill level of a lower elo)
if you are in a 1300 elo game and you see someone who you think clearly doesn't belong there you can't draw conclusions necessarily. That person could be having a terrible game like everyone does, maybe due to personal life problems or w/e.
also people tend to look for fault automatically in anyone but themselves so they look for they easiest way to do that and single out the person with the worst KDA. But a poor KDA could be due to many things like bad jungling, lack of MIA, poor luck, etc.
Big picture: Any given game of LoL has far too many variables involved for any person to objectively analyze the game while playing it (impossible by definition). In most cases it would be irresponsible to claim to know the exact reason why a game is being lost by blaming it on one person.
this is why the assume it's your own fault and look for ways to improve strategy is always the best strategy