If you’ve been playing League for a while, then there may have been times when you were told to go drop a toaster in the bathtub (I’ve heard this one before), along with a bunch of other “not-so-happy” things. League of Legends is a chaotic, intense, and highly competitive game where you will find players arguing about the lack of their teammate’s skills, amongst a bunch of other stuff.
If you engage in this form of toxic behavior, not only do you put a damper on your teammate’s skills, but you could be hurting your own performance, even if you’re good at the game. You see, when you get upset during the game, all you’re doing is adding stress to the situation, which can cause frustration and anger, sending you in a downward spiral.
In order to help you keep a positive attitude, we’re going to give you a helping hand by giving you some tips on staying calm in League of Legends.
Try to See Things from Your Teammates Perspective
We’re all human, and we were not created the same – our minds are wired differently from one another. So, the next time you see your teammate doing something that you would consider a poor decision, try to see things from their perspective and understand why they did it. If they made a mistake, then recognize that people make mistakes, and in the end, it’s just a game. The teammate could be acting on information that you do not know about, such as abilities on cooldown or cloaked characters. So remember, instead of getting frustrated, just take a step back and think outside of your box.
Don’t Set Unreasonably High Expectations
Yes, I understand, it’s always nice when you win a match on League of Legends. With that win comes a special type of satisfaction that can’t be explained. Just make sure you don’t set unreasonably high expectations when you play, especially if you’re not playing in high ranking matches. What you really need to be doing when you’re playing LoL is having fun, because after all, isn’t that what games are meant for? So, don’t go in expecting your teammates to always be professional players who know exactly what to do 24/7. When you do this, it will only lead to anger and hatred, which is never good to have.
Stop Focusing On Your Teammates
That’s right; stop worrying about what your teammates are doing. Instead of worrying about what they’re doing, you should be focusing on yourself. During competitive situations, humans tend to become blind to their faults and focus on their teammates’ problems. If you’re only focused on what others are doing wrong, you’re only adding stress and negativity to your situation because these types of things are out of your control.
Sure, it’s always good when you have someone on your team who knows what they’re doing but try focusing on your game and improve your own skills. Even minor advancements in your map awareness and positioning can improve your chances of winning more matches of League of Legends. If you worry about recognizing and learning from your own mistakes, instead of getting onto your teammates, your chances of keeping calm will increase.
Acknowledge Your Anger Before It Goes Too Far
When stress levels increase, it causes the fight-or-flight response. This neurological function takes place in the amygdala – this is the part of your brain responsible for those emotional reactions and decision making. If you would like to stand a better chance of thinking clearly and staying calm, try to make sure everything is going well in your prefrontal cortex – this is where all of your conscious thinking is going on. When you find yourself feeling frustrated or getting angry, then you need to acknowledge the emotion consciously. By keeping an open dialogue in your mind and thinking to yourself something along the lines of “wow, I’m really getting frustrated over this,” you will be able to prevent what could turn into a self-destruction situation.
Take Part In Breathing Exercises
When you have stress, there will be physical symptoms associated with it that will accompany mental responses. When you’re stressed, your breathing will move higher up into your chest, and you will begin to take longer inhales with sharp exhale. Now, if you were trying to run away from a predator through the jungle, this would be beneficial, but that’s not what you’re doing – you’re sitting at your desk playing League of Legends.
If you’re the type of person who finds yourself getting worked up easily, then you should try to reverse this high-stress breathing pattern so that your exhales are prolonged, and your inhales are shorter. By taking part in breathing exercises, you should find it easier to relax and stay calm.
Try To Stay Optimistic
If you can take something away from every single mistake that was made and adopt that “never give up” attitude, you’ll find yourself getting better at staying calm. If you’re a major pessimist, then this can be a major step for you and won’t exactly be easy. So, for those times when you’re not able to come up with inspiring words of encouragement for your team, just stop calling your teammates a bunch of epileptic elephants, that would be a great start.
Only Play When You’re in a Good Mood
If you’re feeling like trash, then chances are, you’re going to play like trash, and you might even find yourself treating your own teammates like trash as well. You can thank those chemicals in your body for those varying moods. In order to regulate those chemicals, you need to eat properly, exercise every once in a while, and make sure you get plenty of rest. When it comes to exercising, even something as simple as going for a quick bike ride or a walk can work miracles on your mind. Your health isn’t just important for your lifespan, but it’s also important for your League of Legends ranking. Remember that.
Remember You Could Lose
It’s how it goes in League of Legends, everyone loses ranked games, and there’s nothing we can do about this. Every single professional player out there has lost hundreds of ranked games, just as they have fed in hundreds of matches, but they’re still some of the best at LoL. What we’re getting at is that you shouldn’t sit there and dwell on those losses you went through or whether you’re going to lose LP. The truth is, you’re probably going to lose the next game, you could get demoted, and you may feed your butt off. If you’re afraid to lose a match in LoL, then don’t queue up.
Recognize You’re going To Have Good and Bad Situations
When you’re playing League of Legends, or any other game, you need to realize that you’re going to have your good and bad situations. There will be times when you lose a match after you feel like you have put your all into it. Then, there will be times when you win a match after you have given it your all. Luck really does exist. Some days, you will be rolling in a pile of good games. You will queue up with teammates that play like professionals, but then, you will also run into your AFKers and inters.
During those good times, allow yourself to play a little longer than you usually would because you’re on such a roll. On another note, if you’re in a situation where you’re continuously losing matches and you’re continuously queuing up with horrible team members, then it would be a good idea to put the game down and walk away.
Set Small Goals
Personally, whenever my team loses in a ranked match, there are times when I have been pretty hard on myself. I find times when I blame myself for the small things that I could have done better. If you’re like this, what helps keep me calm is to set a small goal before each game and make it easy to achieve. It could be something such as hitting 60 CS during the first ten minutes of the game. Whatever your goal may be, whether you lose or win the match, try focusing on how well you did at achieving that goal.
I understand that if you’re naturally a frustrated person who tends to get angry easily, it isn’t exactly easy to stay calm in League of Legends. However, it’s still possible for you to stay calm in League of Legends. Just try to take these tips I just gave you and make them a habit. In the end, please remember to have fun because that’s what League of Legends is all about. If you’re not walking into the game with a friendly smile on your face, then you’re better off just going in and playing ARAM or a normal game.