Sometimes we learn more of ourselves from a loss than a win.
Why never surrendering is a viable option.
When to give up is a debate that transcends League of Legends, and is seen in every single competitive sport throughout the world. We, as LOL players, have the option to deem a match “unwinnable” and surrender to the enemy team 20 minutes into the game. To many, this might prove to be the best option, as they may see continuing a game as a “waste of time”, “pointless”, or any other negative connotation.
But to use an analogy from professional sports: “You lose when you stop trying”.
It is true that in some instances, it may seem like a game is out of reach, this is also applicable in professional sports as well. Even under these circumstances, reaching deep down and avoiding a defeatist mentality will always be better than simply “giving up”.
Now, I understand that professional teams have an edge over individual players in any competitive environment:
a) Team cohesiveness
b) It is their job, thus are more likely to give it their all
c) The stakes are invariably higher in a professional, competitive atmosphere
Yet I would argue that if anybody truly wants to get better (and not just video games, but any competitive sport in general), never surrendering then becomes a very viable option. Psychoanalysis of professional competitive players suggests that players, who exhibit a “drive” or “passion” for winning, are players who have experienced both spectrums of the competitive scene: gut-wrenching loses, and glorious victories. Even suffering a debilitating defeat, such as a one sided victory, will always grant the losing team some form of invaluable information, such as:
a) Learning to deal with difficult teammates
b) Learning how to keep team morale up, even in the grimmest of prospects
c) If all members of the team, buy into the notion that victory, however small the possibility, is still feasible, you will witness one of the most amazing aspects of competitive sports: team unity.
d) All these things, you will be able to transfer over to your next game, and hopefully your attitude will be mimicked by other players.
We have grown up in a society that has spoiled us to some extent. We not only expect to win, but we expect to win 100% of the time. We gloat in our victories, and we unfortunately complain, blame, and disregard as an anomaly our defeats.
One should never surrender, the game isn’t over until a Nexus falls.