Rocket League: Leth's Road To SSL Finally Captures The Pain of Ranked Play

Lethamyr is undoubtedly one of the best players around. We’re aware that there are pros better than him, but he’s still so unfathomably good at the game, that it’s kind of hard to imagine knowing the game as well as he does. It’s one of the things that makes his videos so fascinating to watch.

While he doesn’t strictly do tutorials or anything like that, he has just completed the second installation in his Road to SSL series. The first series had him going over the basics to begin with, and then basically playing in 2s from Bronze to SSL, trying to keep his skill level in line with the rank he was playing with. It was great, but the second series, in which he plays 3s, had him racing up at a frankly offensive rate. Well, until the finale.

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While the series as a whole went by incredibly quickly, Leth’s rank suddenly became a lot more relatable when he hit Grand Champion. The episodes became a little more intense, which is the logical conclusion for this kind of thing, and the climb up from Division to Division became a lot slower. However, despite him having lost a couple of matches before in the series, it wasn’t until the finale that we really felt the series represents what most of us actually feel when playing ranked in Rocket League.

In the finale episode of his 3s run, aptly titled “IMAGINE FINALLY CLIMBING TO SUPERSONIC LEGEND | Road to SSL 3v3 FINALE,” Leth ends up bouncing up and down a little bit as he comes against tough opponents, gets let down by his teammates, and just generally goes through the same suffering we’re all used to when solo-queueing in 3s.

He actually breaks the usual format of the show to add in more matches to make sure this one is the last in the series, and the whole thing feels a little hungrier than usual. Leth is still composed, for sure, but there are moments where he criticises his own decisions and plays, and it feels a lot more relatable than his other videos. We’re all perpetually caught in the grind to reach the rank we think we deserve, but if you’re going in alone, you’re so often at the mercy of your teammates, who you probably can’t talk to, and it’s a stressful lesson in what it’s like to be a yo-yo. It’s quite nice to see even the great Lethamyr occasionally has to put up with this stuff though.