Geek Ink Thinks – Riot Games is okay with Champion Select bullies

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On the surface, it would appear that Riot is taking steps to deal with toxic behaviour. But there’s one problem they really don’t seem to care about.

Okay, maybe I’m being a bit unfair. While Riot has taken steps to reduce toxicity and bad behaviour in Summoners Rift itself, despite the cries from the community for years, they have still failed to deal with a huge problem. The problem of champ select trolls.

Now I’m not talking about guys who choose off-meta picks. I am talking about actual trolls. These are players who intentionally mess up the team composition by picking weird champions and weird summoner spells and openly admit to it. They either do it to force people to leave champ select so they lose League Points, or so that the game goes through and they can intentionally ruin the game for the other players.This has been a problem for years! Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.

A standard google search brings up posts from January 2012! That’s over 3 years ago! And if you dig deeper, you can find posts from as far back as 2010. So needless to say, this is not a new problem.

So why the fuck am I still having to deal with childish fucking idiots 5 years after the problem was first identified?

Champ select trolls
This was the screenshot I sent to Riot Support. I’ve blocked out certain information here to comply with Reddit’s witch hunting rules. Karthus wasn’t trolling, but it seems that he was okay with playing with someone who is a complete dickhead.

Riot Games is the creator of the number one game on the planet (at this moment in time). Everyone knows they have the resources to deal with this problem, so why haven’t they? People have offered numerous solutions, such as a report button in champ select, or a vote kicking system. Riot is always hesitant to implement systems that can be abused, but time and time again other games have proven that the majority of players will not abuse the tools given to them if it will improve the player experience (see Dota2’s in game pause function).

So perhaps someone from Riot can tell me why this isn’t a feature yet, because at this point, it seems to me like they just don’t give a shit.


7 thoughts on “Geek Ink Thinks – Riot Games is okay with Champion Select bullies

  1. How would you advise riot fix this problem? I hate champ trolls also but do not see a clear cut solution. curious on your thoughts?


    1. The question on my mind is whether Riot have access to records of what happens in Champion Select (player chat, champion swaps, etc). I’m guessing that they only have the information that is important for getting into the game itself (so no chat, swaps, etc).

      If it were up to me, I would allow players to kick potential trouble makers out of their games before they start. If you get kicked once or twice, then you can requeue as normal. If you get kicked multiple times it’s most likely because you’re up to shit and the game adds a delay to your queue time. Say 3/5 votes, to avoid duo’s trolling like in my last game.

      Yes, there is the potential for abuse, but I think the good far outweighs the bad, and this should at very least be an option in ranked.

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      1. I really don’t think this is a good solution, to me the potential for abuse is too high and trolls always find a way to use the system for their benefit despite how well designed something is, giving the trolls another method to troll, meaning that the “legitimate” players are even more screwed. Quite frankly you should expect the other players on your team to be crap when you’re in solo queue – it’s just safer than assuming they’re going to be good.


      2. Whether they’re crap or not is not the issue. It’s players ruining the game before it technically even starts.

        And as I pointed out, giving ordinary decent players tools to deal with trolls is the way to go, even if there is a chance of abuse from trolls. As I mentioned in the piece, Dota2 has a pause button, with plenty of potential for abuse. I’ve played close to 200 hours and only had one game where someone tried to abuse the pause button.

        And as I stated, you only put the vote kick system into ranked, where you will never see three players who know each other queuing together. This would mean that three strangers would all have to agree to troll, which is something I have never seen in ranked (normals are another story). I’ve seen plenty of players give up after a troll start his shenanigans, but I’ve never seen multiple trolls in a ranked game.

        And I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution, but it is better than nothing.

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  2. Also I have to say – your title is very misleading, I assumed that I was going to read a statement from RIOT saying they’re okay with it, but no, you were just assuming they were.. it seemed a bit click-baity to me.


    1. I’ll be the first to admit that the title is a bit click-baity, but at the same time, completely valid. Riot is a company that has dealt with fairly large problems in the past with a solution, or at very least a statement. By not addressing the problem, or communicating that they are looking at it, they are inherently saying they’re ok with the current state of affairs.


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