Relieving mental pressure
Playing Ranked Games on your main account can be a pretty frustrating experience at times. We all know how stressful it can be, and try-harding every single game, just to lose the one right after can literally drive you crazy. Especially when your MMR is bad and you gain just as much LP from a win, as you lose from a loss.
It’s important to get a breath of fresh air from time to time – and to play in an enviroment where you are not forced to try-hard and give 100% for every single game. This is where Smurf Accounts come in.
Playing on an Account where you are not pressured by the outcome of the game can be the difference between you surely but steadily climbing on your main account, and going on a 20-game lose streak that your MMR won’t recover from.
Having a Smurf Account will literally clear your mental up. You will be able to enjoy the competetive nature of Ranked Games, without having to worry about losing LP. Therefore, you will be much more relaxed. You will start to become less focused on the outcome of each individual match, but more so on your own mistakes.
This is where you, as a player, can start to grow. And it’s the reason why you will start to see less losing streaks on your main account when you play on a Smurf from time to time. It helps you to calm yourself down and get an outside view on what the mistakes are that are actually holding you back from climbing on your main account.
Studying different regions
Another reason why having a Smurf Account can be beneficial is that you can try out different servers. Playing on EUNE? Try out EUW! You might even have less ping on there, and seeing how playstyles vary from region to region will aid in making you a better player. There’s a reason why pros visit Korea, the strongest region for competetive League of Legends on a regular basis.
Playing among and against people from different servers will help you develop your skills in a way that you wouldn’t have thought of before.
Playing with Low-Elo friends
But even if you don’t want to try out a different server, and you stay on the one that you are also playing on with your main account, there are still several problems that can be solved by simply getting a Smurf Account.
Let’s say you are Platinum or Diamond, and you have a friend in Bronze or Silver Elo that you’d like to Duo-Queue with. How are you going to make that happen?
Usually, you can’t. And that’s on Riot.
You are not allowed to queue up with a player that is more than one Tier higher or lower than you. So, If you are Platinum IV, you won’t be able to Duo-Queue with someone that is lower than Gold IV.
However, you can bypass this rule simply by getting yourself a Smurf Account.
Since the Smurf Account will be unranked upon purchase, you will have no problem queueing up with anybody between Iron IV and Platinum IV.
Crazy, ain’t it? Well, it only gets better from here.
Trying out new Champions
Let’s say you have quite some hours of play on your main account. Maybe you even own a considerably large amount of Champions, maybe 80-100.
But, in order to purchase those, you had to spend most of the Blue Essence that you grinded for, and now it takes ages to acquire enough for a new Champion.
How are you going to try those, without paying tons of real money to buy them with RP? You guessed it. By getting yourself a Smurf Account.
Smurf Accunts usually come with a set amount of Blue Essence. However, even the cheapest ones usually contain enough BE to purchase ~20 Champions.
Quite often, the BE that Smurf Accounts contain varies from 40.000 to 100.000.
Considering the regular price of a Smurf Account, it is much more worth it to just try out new Champions on your Smurf, rather than purchasing them on your main, either by grinding for hours and hours or by buying them with real money.
Having a Backup-Plan in case of a ban
In addition to that, you need to keep in mind that most League of Legends players tend to get punished by the tribunal system at least once within the lifespan of their main account. And it is completely normal, you won’t get along with anyone on your SoloQueue journey and you will have disputes in chat. However, it is important to be prepared, just in case you actually get banned some day.
There is nothing more frustrating than playing bot games for hours upon hours, only to grind a new Account to level 30. In fact, you are likely to spend between 14 and 28 days, if you choose to do that. And that’s with XP-Boosts.
You are much better off just purchasing a Smurf Account right away, so that you can hop on it and immediately play Ranked Games again, just in case something happens to your main account.
Resetting your MMR
Even if nothing happens to your account and you don’t expect to get banned anytime soon, it might still be worth it to reconsider if continuing the climb on your main account is a good idea or not.
If reaching the highest rank possible is your only goal, it might actually be smarter for you to put your main account to the side and start the grind again on a fresh, unranked Smurf Account.
Reason being, you are most likely going to have hundreds of Ranked Games played on your main account. And there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you don’t climb fast enough, Riot will actually make it harder for you to get to higher ranks in the first place. If you are not consistently climbing, the system will determine that your MMR should be lowered, since you are struggling to make significant progress.
Lower MMR equals less LP per win, and losing more LP on every loss.
This will make it pretty much impossible to get to higher ranks, even if your actual skill is above the average for your Elo right now.
However, a Smurf Account does not have bad MMR. And if you are decent Elo, the first few games will be easy wins for you anyway. The system will determine that your MMR should be much higher, and therefore help you with climbing to high ranks fast, instead of denying you the rank that you might deserve.
Smurf Accounts are pretty important for the average League of Legends player these days. There are way more benefits to having one, than there are consequences. Every player who is serious about their SoloQueue-journey should at least consider getting one for themselves, even if it is just to try it out.