I know this isn't a big deal as much in higher elo, but it seems very backwards to me that, despite the perfectly ordinary pick-and-ban system that is in League of Legends, and has been in since draft's inception, a massive influx of demanding jerks have taken over, and now picking your role has become a game of 'One Two Three Not It.' This is my tiny way of contributing by saying, please, in draft games, can we please try to end this awful, awful trend?
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There's a number of reasons this pick order thing popped up, and it was around the meta cementing. Primarily, it's because support sucked. Even if you had the crazy strong ones like old Soraka, who had the absurd lane sustain and buckets of free mana, support was still just not fun to play. So instead of being the last pick, it popped up with players going, “I'm going top,” thereby hoping to nullify their being stuck in #5.
From there, it was just natural degradation – after a few people did it, it became the norm, and once it was the norm, everyone had to make their calls to hurry and get the spot they wanted to play. And once it was common enough (especially in blind pick), the people who don't play by the unwritten rules are the trolls. As I said, now it's just a matter of “123notit!!!”, which is doubly silly since the entire procedure ignores counterpicking and the use of swapping champions.
Granted, this is only a low elo problem – in the streams I watch, especially EUW, this is not nearly so bad. Usually everyone entering chat has a plan of attack, and it's just, “This is the role I am best at,” rather than, “If I don't get this role, I'm going to flip completely off the handle, force you to dodge, feed in game if you don't, and call you the troll.” But it's pretty obnoxious in the lower elos, for a multitude of reasons, and most of them have to do with the kind of players who are quick to observe 'elo hell.'
For one, as I mentioned, there's no counterpicking when the roles are already decided. If I'm first pick and I grab Gangplank, I'm most likely going to see a Pantheon in my future. If I'm Kat, I'm going to see Diana or Kassadin. Plus, what happens when you demand a lane, and someone doesn't know how to play support, or doesn't have any of the champions? He's going to do terribly, and those players only have themselves to blame for taking all of the other roles, even (or especially if) they know how to.
This also adds to the dynamic of just saying 'I can't do support' for whatever reason, which tends to fall under 'I'm top' as A Thing People Will Say. But that's going a bit too meta for the moment, so I digress.
Everyone Thinks They Can Carry
It really throws a lot of the skill out of whack when people automatically demand a role, to play a champion, regardless of what the enemy team or allied team has planned, and it continues to add to the “elo hell” self-made prison, with the addition of being frustrating and annoying for other teammates. The kind of people who outright demand a role are probably going to have more fun at first, because they get their role, but then when the game goes to hell, they're going to be much angrier that other players – potentially playing roles they are not good at, or playing against champions they got counterpicked by – are not doing as well because they are 'bad'. And what happens if they lose? Time to blame the team!
Fortunately, the S3 changes have made support suck infinitely less. Even as a support main, I've found building Sona or Soraka to be far more intense than the typical S2 Philo/Heart/Boots/Wards for the first 20 minutes like I was used to. But now we've hit a different problem, as the new Jungle is slightly less satisfying than a moist grilled cheese sandwich, and therefore (for the moment, until Riot fixes it) has taken over as the short straw.
Again, I must reiterate that calling out roles is perfectly fine provided they are specialties and preferences, and not demands. I can fit most roles well, but I'm a specialist of support and top lane, so I won't throw a fit if I don't get what I want. But the game is at its best when the team coordinates instead of playing tug-o-war over it. If two people want top, and one is higher in the pick list, it's up to that player if he wants to take it or pass it on.
This is all outlined in the Summoner's Code, of course
Being a good team player begins at champion select. Be open minded when considering the needs of your team. If you’re the last one to pick, try to fill a niche in your team that hasn’t already been filled. If everyone’s picked and something stands out as a deficiency in your team composition, try asking for another player to fill the gap, or change roles to embrace that responsibility yourself. Remember, that by taking on a role you don’t normally play, you’ll learn more about unfamiliar champions and increase your own skill level.
But the likelihood of someone knowing they are defying the Code willingly is unlikely – the people who throw themselves to the ground, fold their arms, and "IM TOP" are pretty likely to think you're the troll instead when you take the pick. Regardless of the fact that the role you can take, by the pick order Riot Games put into League of Legends themselves, let you take that role. Like I said, the kind of people who lock themselves in a self-made prison of elo hell.
There's No "I" In Teemo
And, again, I can strongly say that this is not a “just lock in who you want,” rant, where I justify throwing up the middle finger to my team so I can just blow off everyone else. The people who say “Mid or afk” by justification that they are on a smurf and don't have to care are the lowest of the low. I do not encourage starting off a ranked team game by autolocking with a threat – there is simply a certain level of cooperation required. Say what roles you excel at, and anything worth noting (IE if you have no support champs/runepages), and let the draft take over from there.
If someone asks for top, you aren't required to give it to them, any more than if they asked for support duo with a teammate, or jungle. If you're a dynamite Shaco jungle, and he goes unbanned, and someone else wanted jungle, it's your prerogative to decide if you can carry enough in that game to override a teammate's call. Because if you can't? That teammate will not forget what you did.
And if you don't like the team? You know what you can do instead.
All that I ask is that every player have consideration for the team when they make choices. Someone who has higher pick than you who takes your slot is not a troll, they are taking what the higher pick order has given them. And when the tables are turned, you have that power as well. So long as it all works to the game's advantage, not yours, it is fine. And maybe I'm just talking from my place in the elo steps, but it's making life miserable for everyone around here.
Cause if you really just want to play Singed? If you really just want top and don't care who else argues over it? Go into blind pick. If someone autolocks in blinds, that's pretty much fair game.