Elo Ratings and Boosting

Named after Arpad Elo, the ranking metric used for measuring the capabilities of a player to play a game that is zero-sum in nature (like Chess) is called Elo Ratings. It has found use in the game of League of Legends as well to rate players.

When an expert of the game of League of Legends plays through the account of a novice to boost his/her Elo rating in lieu of money or otherwise, it is called Elo boosting. This is able to work because of the gameplay of League of Legends where similarly ranked player is pitted against each other. A higher-ranked player can easily defeat someone with Diamond 5 rating. That’s why novices pay someone else to get a spike in their ranking.

If caught two times doing this, you can be permanently banned from playing League of Legends.

League of Legends: The short of it

A game that has captured the imagination of people across the world, League of Legends takes inspiration from battle arena-themed Defence of the Ancients and is played online by more than one player. It is a free to play the game with paid additions that help in the course of the game.

The basic gameplay comprises of the player, as the ‘summoned’ assuming the reigns of a ‘champion’ with their own backstory, motives and are up against another player over the internet. The major objective is too laid drive over the opponent’s ‘nexus’, a structure that is in the center of their base. Other defensive structures like ‘turrets’, from where non-player ‘minions’ emerge. The champions start off as weak and at par with the opponent’s champion and grow in strength by getting stuff and killing the opposing champion and minions.

Different types of Queue

Queue (Solo/Duo)

Number of Players: 1-2

It allows for serious competition. You are on last year’s ranked ladder. And preseason affects your Elo rating.

Queue (Flex)

Number of Players: 1, 2, 3 or 5 players

Definitely less competitive than ranked games. You can play with your friends.

However, problems are encountered during matchmaking.

Last year’s ranked ladder is not used, so placement matches are required to be played.

Blind Pick Queue

Number of Players: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 players

Gameplay like Champion selects but with faster.

Support from other players is negligible resulting in isolated play.

Elo rating is not affected by its outcome.