16 days ago, popular streamer Nightblue3 chose 4 members of his community to make a ranked 5vs5 team and bring it to diamond. The specifics of those players? All were bronze at the beginning of the experiment.
I know that quite a few persons are thinking, without looking much into it, that the challenger jungler is simply elo-boosting those players to diamond. That is where i agree with some of his detractors. He is indeed elo-boosting those players, but it’s the definition of elo-boosting that he is redefining.
I believe that what Nightblue3 is doing is what elo-boosting should have been from the very beginning. Elo-boosting is commonly known as a player with a high elo, mostly Challenger level players, will play on the account of a paying player to grant him a rank in soloq higher than what the latter could achieve. This is wrong, and is ruining the game experience for both the elo-boosted and anyone playing in a ranked match with him. Also, the Challenger player climbing through bronze, silver, gold, will probably reduce the enemy chances of winning greatly, because of his game knowledge and mechanics that both are probably way higher.
What Nightblue3 is doing is different, and could change the way people see elo-boosting. Instead of simply bringing the account to higher divisions, he is teaching each and everyone of those players how to get better at their roles and at the overall game. He gives them tips on how to practice to get better mechanics and how to have a solid champion pool.
During the games, he mostly plays supportive junglers, and is trying not to carry them through the games, but to teach them how to carry themselves. He will try to recommend items for most roles, and when presented with questions out of his expertise, his immense community is always there to give him tips to give to those players.
I don’t think he’ll be able to achieve his goal, as to get to diamond in 30 days. As of right now, the team stands in Silver 1 after 16 days. While not succeeding to get the team to diamond, what those players will learn and have learned already is what is the most important and amazing about his project. I don’t know if his example will be mirrored by some other popular streamers or simply high elo players, but if they do, they could redefine what elo-boosting is. Not cheating anymore, the word could be associated to a new form of coaching.
Thanks for reading my thoughts,