Does having sex make you play worse at League of Legends? UK scene has its say

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Just over half of those in the UK’s competitive League of Legends scene say ‘indulging in sensual pleasures’ ahead of a match makes them play worse.
In a poll of 83 people, 58% said that it makes you play worse, while 42% said no, it doesn’t.
Bare in mind it’s not a huge number, but then again the UK LoL scene isn’t that big anyway (not that the size of the boat matters). 1
Our poll comes after pro League of Legends player Li “Vasilii” Weijun (pictured) – who plays for Newbee in the Chinese LPL – blamed sex on his poor in-game performances in solo queue.
He said, as reported by Slingshot: “Because I caught a cold before, I asked to be subbed out for the sake of the club’s results. The club maintained its winning streak, so it wasn’t necessary for me to play, and I let myself indulge in sensual pleasures for a while.
“This led to me playing poorly in solo queue, but last week we lost, so I started to adjust myself to a more abstinent lifestyle. After about two days, I had already adjusted myself [to abstinence]. I will continue to play and try to correct this matter.”
His comments make no mention of whether it was ‘sex’ as such, or what type of plays that could’ve went wrong in-game (hard cc, backdoors, split-pushing with a rod of ages, knockups or just solo-queue fiddlesticks etc).

While some believe that abstaining from sex ahead of an athletic tournament or activity can boost energy, there’s little hard evidence (ahem) to suggest that skipping sex before competition is the best course of action to take (sorry).
“Some experts believe skipping out on sex at least 48 hours before competition is best, since anything closer to game day may relax you too much and decrease aggression and testosterone, crucial to certain sports, like wrestling, boxing, MMA, and football,” suggests this Mens Fitness article.
“Then again, if you’re a quarterback, marathoner, or golfer, sex could be just the thing to calm frazzled nerves.”
Other reports suggest having sex decreases testosterone levels in males. The late, great boxer Muhammad Ali apparently abstained from sex six weeks prior to his next big fight.
Then again, female MMA fighter Ronda Rousey says she tries to “have as much sex as possible” before a fight, because it’s said to increase testosterone levels in women.

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Here are some of the select comments from our poll:

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