Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Tyler1” recently offered his opinion on competitive queues in online gaming, stating that games ruin the experience by allowing players to group together in ranked lobbies.
Tyler1 vehemently criticized the system prevalent in most games like Overwatch 2, Valorant, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that allows players to queue up with their friends for ranked matches. Arguing that it was unfair, he proclaimed that it should be removed from all games to make the ranked grind bearable:
“I mean it shouldn’t be in any game. Any game that’s ranked shouldn’t have duo queue/trio queue, whatever.”
“It ruins this sh*t, bro”: Tyler1 slams groups in queues in competitive matches and says you shouldn’t play ranked with friends
Tyler1 One, known for his League of Legends streams, was playing the recently released sequel to Blizzard’s hero shooter Overwatch 2 on his Twitch channel today amid discussions about allowing players to group in leaderboards.
The streamer argued that there are many game modes to play with friends and that people shouldn’t play competitive games with people they know. Tyler1 explained that it gives them an edge over others:
“The only excuse people can come up with is that it’s more fun to play with friends. But if it’s more fun to play with friends, most of these games have more fun game modes. So stop with the cap.”
He vehemently opposed the idea that playing with friends is important for ranking, saying that it ruins the experience for others and that they should play something else:
“If you want to play with your friends, you would find time to play with them in other things. It ruins this shit, bro.”
Tyler1 backtracked a bit on his original criticism, admitting that duo queues were still okay. However, he reiterated his hatred of trios and four-stacks due to their competitive advantage while playing tactical shooters that require team coordination. The streamer explained:
“Okay, duo queue, if you’re going to argue for duo queue, screw it, whatever. You shouldn’t be able to do four stacks. Are you crazy!?! Trio, are you crazy!?! “
Tyler1 added some anecdotal evidence and told the all-too-familiar story of a lone player being outsmarted by a group of well-coordinated players from the opposing team. He described the experience as “nerving as f*ck”:
“Every time I’ve played against them (five stacks), even as a tank player, I get fucking shit. I get thrown away. I get rocked shit because if the opposing team like a tank, a support, a DPS. At least three stacks. They blow me up right away. All coordinated, all play together. It’s fucking annoying.
Arguing that coordinated play was to be expected at higher ranks rather than gold or platinum, Tyler1 felt it was impossible to queue up alone as a tank in Overwatch 2 since his opponent’s team had stacks. He asked:
“How do you tank solo vs. queued Trio+Stack?”
Reddit responds to Tyler1’s claims
The clip has gained quite a bit of traction as it has been shared extensively on social media. This is how r/LivestreamFail reacted:
Competitive online games like Overwatch 2, Valorant, and MOBAs like LoL and DOTA 2 have attempted to address the issue of stacking in ranked modes since their inception.
While it’s true that playing an online game with friends is the number one reason most people play esports titles, the argument for restrictive grouping is also valid.