It doesn’t matter which game you play. It can be Overwatch, League of Legends or any other competitive game. The end result is the same, you get stuck in a mentality that’s constantly telling you one specific thing: that you need to grind to improve your gameplay. That you need to pick a role and gain experience with it, until it turns into perfection.
We are not going to tell you not to do these things, but they certainly aren’t everything. You can improve your gameplay with something much simpler: by interacting with your team the right way.
The Suck-Up Theory explained
The idea comes from Sky Williams who first implemented this method in his League of Legends matches. He claims that he would have never gotten to Platinum without it, and he would still be struggling in Bronze. We are going to take his word for it, but let’s see what the Suck-Up theory is actually all about.
Just what you would expect: sucking up to your teammates. Complimenting them. Glorifying them. Giving them confidence boosts at any chance you get. And yes, you need to do all of this even if they are awful. You have to highlight their good deeds.
This might sound weird to you if you haven’t tried it. After all, why would you dedicate a ton of energy into complimenting someone who sucks? It doesn’t matter all that much, and you will likely never see them again. It doesn’t seem worth it at all.
Well, we need to take a closer look at the players you see at the beginning of each game. The ones who are still angry from their last game. They are fuming, snapping at everyone if they say a word. We have no clue what they had to go through. Are they on a losing streak? Have they been dying too much lately? It doesn’t matter in the end, because they absolutely suck when they join. The amateurish mistakes are starting to annoy everyone, and it’s becoming clear that you might lose because of them. Here is where the Suck-Up Theory comes in.
These players are desperate for any shred of positive feedback. A simple “good job” or “nice shot” can make their entire game. And once they got it, they will not want to let it go. A person who needs this kind of reassurance will work for the compliments and comments. They will want and crave it.
The moment they notice that they can get your attention and positive feedback, they will not stop trying to impress you. The noob mistakes will soon disappear, as the confidence replaces the self doubt. Your teammate will get out of that game refreshed and happier. And you will be one game closer to a higher rank.
Baseline communication is always a good skill to practice in your games. Regardless of what you play, if you’re on a team, there are things you can do better – or worse – to change the outcome of the match.
This theory will make you more empathetic and will naturally get rid of your toxicity. You will be able to make friends online much easier, which can help in the long term if you want regular teammates.
And if you want IRL benefits, then there is one. A study has show how video games can help improve your relationships and social interactions. Don’t expect too much though, this theory won’t bring you miracles.