Originally Posted by DURRHURRDERP
I'm of the opinion that the amount of variance in trolls/leavers/etc is not as much as people think, and that your elo should be fairly close to your "true elo" assuming you don't troll/rage yourself on a regular basis.
This is one thing I disagree with. Elo hell does exist, just not in the way most people say it does. When everyone stays in a game, and everyone plays, you are your Elo. I was 1300 ranked solo queue. I knew I could do better through practice, but still not that high. I was okay with that, just needed some time. I worked hard at it. I reviewed my replays, I had friends critique my play, I took suggestions and worked on it in normal games. After about a month of hardcore training and preparation I started solo queuing ranked again.
Then every single game I had a leaver. I stuck with it. Every single
game until I hit 1000 Elo, sometimes there were two leavers. I was so pissed, I actually stopped playing for the season (after climbing back up to 1200 or so before having a streak of leavers again) and resolved that next season I would never solo queue without a partner. One less person that could be a leaver.
Of course low Elo hell exists, and of course I can climb out of it again. It's there, it's just not how you seem to view it. Unlucky streaks of leavers and trolls are going to happen, and that
is the hell.
Now, if I were 2k ranked, the people there got there because they make the choice to not leave/rage/troll. I am by no means a 2k player, but I guarantee the % of leavers is much lower at that Elo than at 1k.
I appreciate what you're doing with the article for the arrogant ****s that think they're where they're at because of their unskilled teammates. But if you think you can arbitrarily say that low Elo hell doesn't exist at all; **** you, I've been in it.