So a guy brought up a great question in a different thread that made me start thinking. Rather than post a response buried under other responses that wouldn't be seen by many, I decided to make it an OP statement. I really wanted this one to be seen because I feel it may shed a bit of needed light on this debacle of "Should We Remove Duo, Making Ranked Solo Only?"
He asked this question:
@xp eke xp.6724 said:
why are there still so many players that never duo-q?
That simple question inevitably will result in a deep & complex look at the sociology of our community, for those who take the time to really think about it. It isn't as simple as saying: "The duo queues have advantage!" or "I prefer to play alone.." I would question those responses with: "Well why aren't YOU choosing to take advantage of duo queue?" and "What is it exactly that makes you prefer to play alone?" These are important questions that I have yet to see brought up in this forum. I feel this is an enormously large missing chunk of information that needs to be looked at.
It is first important to understand that this debate occurred when a portion of the community began to feel that duo queues had advantages. Then they came into the forums and began to advocate different variations of anti duo queue suggestions. The second important thing to understand that, the players who are upset about due queue, are all players who rarely duo queue if ever at all. The ones who duo queue often are all having fun while doing it, regardless of what other duos they may be against. The third important thing that needs to be pointed out to everyone, is that maybe this debacle is a lot less about how solo or duo effects match making, and a lot more about why a player is choosing not to duo queue, or why they are unable to find a duo queue partner, or maybe why they feel they shouldn't have to. <- Which truth be told, the very large majority of this demographic are the ones who are advocating anti duo queue suggestions.
Within our glicko based game mode, players are rated on team wins & losses, not individual performance. So who you are paired with, greatly effects your rating outcome. Because glicko is ALL about who you play with, it forces players during a ranked season to be very cautious, too cautious for the health of a team based game mode. Which leads to all of this anti cohesion within the community, where players isolate their play amongst a friend or two, or sometimes isolate their play to only with their self. The players who are struggling the worst while dealing with that anti cohesion, are the players who are solo queue much more often than they are duo queue, and they are the large majority who voice anti duo queue suggestions. But why?
Well my first string of thought towards answering @xp eke xp.6724 's question was this:
Let's get real honest with ourselves. For those who are advocates of anti duo queue suggestions, reread the points of 1 through 6. You're probably sitting in a room alone or at least no one is paying attention to you as you read your phone or PC, so no one will know your answer. Be honest & non biased, and pick which numbered point of 1 through 6 that you identify with the most.
If you had selected a number between 1 through 5, morally speaking, you have no right or reason to request the removal of Duo Queue and other's ability to play with friends. This is because your suggestions are coming only from a place of social ineptitudes, and a response to act like a crab in a barrel, hoping to pull others down with you, instead of learning how to climb up yourself. If you are a 1 through 5, you are only upset with duo queue because you aren't duo queueing.
On the other hand, if you had honestly identified the most with, and had selected 6, you may have a real argument and I would like to hear it, out of the sheer curiosity of trying to understand why other players are getting so aggressive with anti Duo Queue suggestions.
~ My question to those 6s out there is this: Why do you feel that you shouldn't have to duo queue?
~ Be careful how you answer that, least you be exposed before all of us including yourself, that you were a 1 through 5 all along.