Originally Posted by MathMage
I never said 'pro'. Hell, I compete in some of those piddly local events, and I have no illusions about my standing relative to the pros.
But the ranked ladder, and ESPECIALLY solo queue ladder, where game-to-game results matter not one whit, is not competitive in the way that ANY tournament is.
Also, get some perspective. Trash talking is not going to bridge the skill gap between a ranked solo queue player and a pro. If anything, it will make the solo queue player less likely to find a team willing to sign him on. So to the extent that solo queue matters as a feeder environment for actual competition, being a trash talker can only hurt you. Which is not to say that a trash talker can't make the pros, of course, but the pros aren't pros because they got an advantage from trash talking.
For the most part, I agree.
Though many people take the game way
too seriously--a level beyond of what you'd expect even from a tournament.
Perspective tells me that the stereotype trash talking will not change anything.
"Trash" talking, in the sense of fodder that appears to be nothing/unrelated, however, can plant seeds of doubt.
This is key (well, I guess not key, but it's a powerful aspect) in both Panther and offensive Tai Chi (and one version of Dragon ) styles, where every single thing of everything can carry significant weight.