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What is 'tilt' in League of Legends, and how can you avoid it?

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If you've played much League of Legends at all, you've almost certainly experienced a phenomenon known in the community as going "on tilt," even if you didn't realize it. You're considered tilted when you're angry or frustrated to the degree that it's badly affecting your performance, and you're probably blaming it on everyone but yourself. It's something that stretches to other games as well — the term is also used a lot in poker, for example — but it's seen in League over and over again every day.

So how do you avoid it? Step one is understanding where it comes from. In the video above, YouTube content creator ScrapComputer walks through the science of tilt. He explains how it's tied to very understandable functions and reactions from your brain.

According to ScrapComputer's argument, getting tilted is essentially just part of human nature. It's a natural progression in your brain when things start going downhill and your mood worsens. That sounds bad, but there are steps you can take to pull yourself back and get yourself back into the right mindset.

In his follow-up video below, ScrapComputer goes into a long list of suggestions for stopping and avoiding tilt while you play League of Legends. These include analyzing your play, determining ways in which you can improve, muting players and even taking exercise breaks.

With the way the human brain works, everyone is going to go on tilt at times. Even ScrapComputer admits to it happening to him on stream a handful of times. But using some of these tips, you can definitely help it happen less frequently, and doing so will only make the game better for you and your teammates.