8 Changes LCS Teams Can Make to Improve the League in 2021

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After another failure on the international stage, LCS organizations need to make some changes if they hope to improve in 2021.

3. Let Your Players Police Solo Queue

This one is going to be a little controversial, but I think it’s a warranted change to improve an increasingly low-quality solo queue environment in North America. Orgs need to encourage their players not just to play more solo queue, but be willing to call out bad behavior when they see it.

This can be from acts as simple as typing in game for arguing teammates to focus or letting a teammate on the verge of soft inting that he or she just needs to try their best, to acts as extreme as escalating problem players directly to Riot support. Make no mistake, pro players have a much higher level of influence (as they should) compared to the average solo queue player. If Bjergsen, Doublelift, Xmithie, CoreJJ, or PowerofEvil go to Riot saying that a player has been causing issues in ranked games, Riot should absolutely listen.

Of course, players should be held to the standard expected of this power. This means that they cannot be sending reports based on personal vendettas or over-reporting. And, obviously, this also means that they themselves must play up to these standards every time they enter a ranked game.

With all that said, if pro players are willing to call out problem players in game, on Twitter, or to Riot as being detrimental to the region, it will at least garner attention. That itself could be enough to keep players on their best behavior when in games with a pro player, or someone they know has a relationship with pro players.

If NA players want to improve the quality of player on this server, it makes sense that they should be the ones to start weeding out the bad ones. And the orgs can help them out.