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What is Solo Queue? The Rise of Competitive Online Matchmaking



As many of us know, the path to the big money contracts, the bright lights of the stage and the bro hugs in endless confetti showers is paved by thousands of hours spent in front of a screen.

But that’s the peak of competitive play. It’s unlikely that you witnessed the journey most of these stars underwent to get there, but you have experienced the climb yourself.

A seemingly futile, lonely trek – a spiritual ascent that to some might even appear masochistic. Of course, the treacherous, often times infuriating path I’m talking about is Solo Queue.

Written by: Keith Capstick (@KeithCapstick)
Produced & Hosted by: Josh Bury (@ThrownGauntlet)
Produced & Edited by: Miles Hackett (@miles_hackett)
Illustrated animations by: Christian Pearson (@Chr_Pearson)

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34 Comments
  1. theScore esports 9 months ago
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    Do you like Josh's t-shirt? You can cop one for yourself here: https://thesco.re/2zTHCC1

  2. Antonio Triolo 9 months ago
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    Josh really do the best videos

  3. 平静TJ 9 months ago
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    1:04 Youjo Senki?

  4. Isaac Glasman 9 months ago
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    the problem is that the aim is for you to win just as many as you lose and losses feel twice as bad as wins feel good

  5. Wii The Second 9 months ago
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    Don't get me started on Ash/Jager mains, those quick peaking every single corner

  6. Julian Wong 9 months ago
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    Who‘s solo queuing rn 😰

  7. Necxophye 9 months ago
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    Solo queue is when you play alone because you have no friends and no one wants to play with you

  8. Carter_Precourt 9 months ago
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    Pro strat, pick the hero with the highest movement speed to lowest health ratio to maximize feeding capabilities

  9. Yi Jin Lin 9 months ago
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    I’m losing my sanity solo queuing league over watch and csgo

  10. The Butter Baked Potatoes 9 months ago
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    But I like Hanzo…….

  11. Maxusthebeast 9 months ago
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    If you watch TheWarOwl, you are well aware of the insanity of solo queuing to global elite.

  12. soap soup 9 months ago
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    just cause you're garbage with Hanzo & genji doesn't mean everyone is give ur teammate a chance maybe they'll carry u while playing a skillful hero while ur probably being a dps moira

  13. K 6 9 months ago
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    I was there… that moment of my life when stupid is in my team.

  14. Zaii Kujo 9 months ago
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    Solo Queue means making yourself suffer

  15. Lynx B 9 months ago
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    Damn….. these pro are really Anxious about their Ranks

  16. Nazerlath 9 months ago
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    THE AMOUNT OF TIMES I WENT ASLEEP GO AY WASSUP GUYS FALLS ASLEEP

  17. Shen 9 months ago
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    I have been living for 4.567 days and staring at a monitor for 1.592 days
    I’m still bad at it

  18. Void 9 months ago
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    Wait, is no one going to point out that they released an entirely new title that was exactly the first one but with network features? I never knew the origins ran this deep…

  19. febLey 9 months ago
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    This is why I prefer fighting games to any team-based game nowadays.
    If you lose, it’s your fault, not anyone else’s … besides the shitty netcode which all Japanese fighting games have. I’m looking at you, DBFZ, GG and SFV.

  20. Avian streak 9 months ago
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    TEEMO!!!!!

  21. Kristian Kearney 9 months ago
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    Weirdos say dick
    Gamer say 𝔀𝓮𝓲𝓻𝓷𝓮𝓻

  22. GreenFace Vault 9 months ago
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    Team-based game in random queue? Technically, yes. But actually, they're a group of individuals vs group of individuals. So, every person should still be judged by scoring his/her individual performances (how good he/she played), not by the team's result (win/loose).

  23. Bartek Mostek 9 months ago
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    Im lucky ive got mates to 3-stack with

  24. piloy85 9 months ago
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    I play halo 2 day one i dont think was 50 i think was less and then went up

  25. streamsinep 9 months ago
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    solo queue?

    more like my friends cant be bothered to play with me

  26. Dingus Dangus 9 months ago
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    Matchmaking killed online communities

  27. To The Gallows 9 months ago
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    Bro, the early 90's footage of gaming on an IPX network setup takes me back! You haven't lived until you've lugged your 20lbs tower and 40lbs CRT monitor to a friends place to connect them over friggin serial cable hahaha. Bless up!

  28. DIMIS GAMING 07 9 months ago
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    yea what abaut csgo with russians that dont speak english

  29. RaichuGuy05 9 months ago
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    I came here after a constant solo queing defeat in rank….

  30. MEMELAWD_NA 9 months ago
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    Na solo q in league of legends is like kindergarten in hell and ur the teacher

  31. Paradoxical Equation 9 months ago
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    Ahhh. Welcome to the hell of solo que…

  32. Oemml 9 months ago
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    I have a feeling someone at theScore really likes Borat

  33. skOsH 9 months ago
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    How to get to Rank S for csgo

    Join, level up to level 3, then match up against level 10's and then have them kick you every match, +10 elo

    literally was how faceit csgo worked last year, so I stopped playing it after I showed people that after they kicked me, I got 10 elo, 2 pts from each teammate, 0pts from the opposing team xD

    Idk if it still works like that, but it would be hilarious if it still did

    It would take thousands of matches to get to level 10 but you could do it if you set them all up

  34. Draconic Yt 9 months ago
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    Haha my dad developed Quake

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