Competitive games should be fun to play normally, but most players don’t recognize why they’re playing, instead focusing on insignificant stats. 100 Thieves’ veteran professional player Steel thinks that “Stats/elo/ranks doesn’t mean anything ultimately.”
The Canadian player was streaming on Twitch and warming up in deathmatch mode of VALORANT the other day. After seeing a slew of comments saying “I’m stuck in x rank as Sage but I go 25-15 every game,” Steel started to talk about why elos or ranks are insignificant.
“Pros will change how they play and view the game just because they want to be viewed in a certain way by the community.” he said. “And I think that it’s a horrible mindset to have.” According to Steel, it’s all about a community feedback cycle which leads players to think that the elos of the pros matters, though it doesn’t.
The 31-year-old player also shared a Twitch clip in which he talked about the times he played 7/24 in a pub server of Counter-Strike: Source to maintain his stats. “I was so concerned about my ranks and stats etc. I remember that it was so poisoning; because ultimately, I was just playing CS:Source pubs and nobody gives a f**k.” he said. “The pro player in those times even knew that my server existed. No one cares.”
Unfortunately, professional players are obligated to deal with this kind of toxicity of games’ communities for no reason. Solo queue is among the less important things in the competitive scene, and pro players receive countless bad comments and criticism just because they don’t care about it.
Writer’s quote: It doesn’t mean you’re better than the pro players if you manage to score a win against them. They have way more important things to consider.
Steel finished his tweet thread by saying “Nobody cares about your rank in this game. Play to get better and the stats/rank/elo will reflect it. The moral of the story is: Get good and f*** all the noise.”