Hi everyone! Hi Vulcun fans.
I’m just gonna give my thoughts on a couple things, because people have been getting heated about the toxicity of r/leagueoflegends, there’s been a few Moderator resignations (Glyceroll, we’ll miss you) and people who have stopped visiting entirely, pro players and casters like MonteCristo
Personally i LOVE r/leagueoflegends, and the community there. I visit it every day. I smile every time I see someone with a Vulcun flair. I cringe every time someone spells it Vulcan (it happens a LOT). But with all communities, there’s going to be good, and bad, and the bad are often more vocal. Also I just think we’re reaching the point where a large number of people that contribute have stopped thinking for themselves. They’ve started herding in whichever direction the public opinion seems to be going. If a few vocal people in the community hate a caster, EVERYONE bandwagons onto that “YA THAT CASTER, WORST CASTER EVER, WHY DOES HE HAVE A JOB?” It gets vicious. It gets hurtful. The “yeah I don’t really enjoy his casting” inspires “I HOPE HIS WHOLE HOUSE BURNS DOWN AND HIS CATS DIE” posts.
r/leagueoflegends, what do you have against cats?
But seriously, it’s a herding mentality. A statement is made, an example i could give of something i hear allll the time is “yeah Doublelift has great mechanics but his decisionmaking sucks” or something similar, and people just parrot it, and repeat it, and repeat it. Even when it’s no longer necessarily true. If his decisionmaking had improved 100 fold, would people even notice, or would they continue parroting the same stuff they’d heard a month ago in the last reddit post about him? Has it changed? Is that something you should be thinking about, or are you just going to upvote it because you already heard it three times this week so it must be true?
Another thing is, with teams, sometimes the smallest mistake can have a team lose, a good team can snowball from tiny, miniscule mistakes. But you don’t really get as many posts saying “wow, Vulcun was amazing to capitalize on the enemy team’s AD carry showing bottom” you get more posts like “ENEMY AD CARRY SUCKS, BENCH PLS” - In an 8 team tournament, someone has to be last. Always, someone has to be last. You can be critical, but try to say at least as many positive things as negative things, otherwise it’s just going to get worse and worse. It’s real people you’re commenting about, and unlike celebrities, or huge sports stars, they are very very probably going to read your comments. There’s only so much that can roll off your back!
So I guess some things can be done to fix it- people can think about their comments more, especially the wording of them, before they post it. They can downvote comments that add nothing to the discussion, but more importantly, just try and keep the positivity of the subreddit going strong, and even though there are going to be critiques of bad plays, and discussion of how to improve teams, try and keep the conversation a positive, useful one.
Anyway, I enjoy reading the latest happenings in league, watching the funny videos, seeing interesting AMA’s etc, so I’m definitely going to stick around there and comment when I feel comfortable, and I hope pros continue to feel comfortable enough to post there, because i think the closeness of the pros to the community is one of the major plus factors that esports, league in particular, has going for it.
These opinions are my own, by the way, they don’t belong to Vulcun. Just Gnome.