After 2 months of straight 900 ELO fun, I was about ready to quit. Mind you, the trolls were unbareble, the stupidities, laughable, and to add fuel to the fire, no matter how many streams I watched, I didn't seem to improve. It's true, some of us like to spend time looking at the math behind our pixelated champions in order to maximize what we bring to the team and being paired with people who have... well... an attitude fit for special people is not pleasing.
Then, I observed a few things:
-How I play
-How I think
-What I do to make both the same
It's true, most of us KNOW that we should focus the ADC or APC but somehow, in teamfights that doesn't work out. Sometimes, there is more then one objective on the map, both of which are viable but need the full team in order to secure it. This guide will not promise to make you godly, or a skilled player, it is only to get you out of your OWN PERSONAL ELO hell. With all that said, I jumped 300 points in 3 days and I comfortably almost never see a troll or bad pick (well... not ADC zilean bad).
Step 1: Assessment
Where are you now? No matter what, you are there for good reason. Something isn't clicking. Blame others all you want, you just dig your grave deeper and let your emotions control you. Many people are good at one role only at your ELO level. If you excel at MID and someone else can only play mid, let them take it. Granted, you can carry some games as mid or adc or w/e but if you relegate that person to a position he can't play, you are playing 4.5v5. You have crippled yourself before the game started. If you are so good that you deserve to be at a higher ELO, then you should have the skills to do more then one role. If not, then you are fooling yourself.
What other problems do you encounter? A troll in your game? Dodge. Do it. Don't even wait. Don't say a word. Just dodge. Why? Simple:
-Playing a failed game is 20-40 minutes. Then their is getting back the ELO you lost, an extra 20-40 minutes. No matter what, you are wasting your time by not dodging. Dodging, in fact, SAVES you time (even in the hour range).
-In that timer time, you can watch a stream and learn fun tricks (like juking and brush play). Test out things that have been on your mind in proving grounds (Can you crit a tower? Does rengar Q get blocked by pantheons passive?). Read a book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlKL_EpnSp8
-The team that you were with (that you seem to not like) will be stuck with that failed teammate and THEY will be forced to lose ELO (while you read that book), assuming you don't say a word (like "**** this" and "gfg, trolls"). Your revenge will be done, if that's your aim.
Step 2: Find a duo partner
Finding a duo partner is not easy but once you find a person that fits these criteria, you will ROCKET in ELO:
-Is skilled at the game. (not at picking a champ deemed OP) If you see someone own with a tryndamere, imagine what he can do with a real champ. Champions are preset, skills are not.
-Has similar ELO to you (within 10-20 max elo approx.). The Queue system is made like so, if you are a duo, the lowest elo duo partner will be at the bottom, last picking. If you are similar in ELO, you will BOTH get to last pick. This ensures that you counter the opposing team twice (something not many people understand).
-Can play 2-3 roles (though filling in every role is prefered). This ensures that your team is always flexible and doesn't fight each other (which leads to early losses)
-Does not rage at the team. Even if he is 110% right, he is wrong. The minute you type to your teammates to berate them, you are losing a VALUABLE ressource: skills. You can either type or play the game, not both.
-Has a few champs you own so you can trade with him.
-You have fun talking to over vent/skype/etc.
Step 3: Good Habits
You need these in order to gain ELO. You can click, you can have map awareness, you can be godlike at your lane, but it amounts to N-O-T-H-I-N-G without having the proper habits. These habits are the UNSEEN skills a person has. It's why so many mentally handicapped children play better then you for some reason:
-Don't rage. Ever. Your tristana is 2-9? It's your fault. "But I'm top". That statement just PROVED that top is not skilled and DESERVES to lose. Why? Simple! If you are a pro, you have map awareness, thus you can ping when you see or sense a gank incoming. Also, lanes are not fixed. Mid tends to move to get ganks going and SOME tops (shen/pantheon/etc.) can gank other lanes, even bot. Additionally, what are YOU doing to correct the problem? Are you feeding kills to the tristana? No? Well, she will be a big "kill me more for free gold" sign until you do. I have helped many 0-11 players get to 6-11 and, suddenly, the feeding ended and we were able to win. If you want someone to do their role, give them the tools.
-You don't need to be positive, contrary to popular belief. You DO, however, need to communicate with your team. Bot mia maybe? Call it. It might cost you 1 cs but is 1 cs worth them getting 300g and you losing a teamate for 1 minute? Take the LEAST costly risk.
-Be map aware. Many don't know what this is. This means, you check the map. Many of us know this, but do you CALL things? Sometimes you can see a gank coming, so ping it! Teammate dont get the picture? Type it out. You might lose cs... but what is the LEAST costly option?
-Encourage good plays. Your sona just did a mediocre ult and got you a kill? It might not be extraordinary, but say "Gw!" or "Thanks sona ". This makes your support fall for the old trap hostages use to get out of a criminals grasp: they see you as a human and relate to you. If the support thinks to himself "wow, this ADC is rather friendly", he will do everything in his limited power to save you. Compared to a **** that says "nj sona... you ****ing failed to get the other one". In this example, the Sona will now save her ult 100% of the time until its lined up PERFECTLY to get you a double kill (which is rarer). Then, you will argue, type and lose cs for pointless arguements that you will forget the next morning. How many failed supports do you remember? All of them? I doubt it. Failed mids? All of them? Doubtful. Get over your own ego.
-PING TARGETS MID TEAMFIGHT. Everyone has a job in teamfights. Be aware of that. Bruisers go for the ADC. APC CC's high threat targets and takes them out (hopefully). Tanks CC and soak up damage. Everyone KNOWS their job but not everyone is trained to deal with CONTINGENCIES (look that word up, the definition will make you a better player, READ A BOOK). What happens if the ADC is able to escape at 100hp? More often then not, the bruiser will continue the chase. But his job is done, the ADC is zoned outside of the fight and can't get kills. Ping him to RETREAT so he gets back in. Katarina is ulting you? PING HER. A BIG SHINY target will appear over her head. When your allies see that, they will be attracted to her like moths to a flame. It also makes it easier for that taric to find her and stun her.
-Don't get angry at multipings. Sometimes 3 of your allies ping at the same time (and one of them pinged twice). Alone, this would be fine, but to you, those 4 pings look like they are treating you like a ******. You aren't and they know this. It was just a warning of what they saw and 3 people happened to see it at the same time. Get over it and get over your own ego. You aren't an infallible god. Someone multipinging you? Hey, it's a stressful match, don't anger him more (he might start feeding if you act like a princess, because that's all you are by getting angry, primadonna).
-Take breaks between games. Good, fun, breaks. Read a book! You lost? Your instincts might tell you to "go again to correct this loss on my record book!" but that is the WORST time to go in. Your brain is still in the last game. Your rage is still there. Rage = mistakes. You are not bringing 110% of your skills, only the gimped/nerfed version of yourself. Do you like playing Dan Hibiki in Street Fighter? Because that's you. You could be Ken or Ryu but your abilities are at Dan's level. Same moves, different potency.
-Exercise. Your mind and fingers are more alert if your mussles are happy. Don't ignore you, you are special, so threat yourself that way.
Step 4: Picking correct champs.
No matter what, team composition wins games. You can be a godlike katarina player... but, you bring nothing to the table but damage. If you are picking katarina, make sure SOMEONE ELSE gets the CC necessary to win the game. Oh yes, CC is important. I have gotten DESTROYED as ryze by morde or katarina with a team that was 3-14 early game only to have our CC bring us back in to 16-15. CC is important. If your team doesn't have enough, that is YOUR QUEUE to get it. Don't expect others to have your magnificent brain to figure this out. This is something that is unseen to most. Many only understand the team compositions as such:
-Tank/ADC/Support/ Mid AP/ Top
The PROPER way to look at your team composition is as such:
-Tank/ADC/Support/ Mid AP/ Top AND Initiator (like Amumu or Malph ult)+CC (2-3 is fine)+AOE CC (zyra plant grasp)+1 Soft CC (a slow of any kind).
With this, you have maximized your teams power.
Step 5: Misc.
"But I'm awesome with master yi!"
Sure you are. But are others awesome enough to handle your yi? Do they KNOW you need the CC for that gank so you can get fed enough to melt faces? Most times, no. This is why pros win more with yi then you do, their team KNOWS how to make sure yi makes it to late game to do his only job (killing people). Also, if you are only good at yi, it means that you cannot handle the mechanics of skillshots. You are not smart enough to PREDICT an enemies movement (so a samurai from centuries before your time is smarter then you... AND HE IS DEAD, get ahead of the dead guy.)
"But I got a sweet penta kill last game with Tryndamere"
Never use this arguement. People will think you are stupid. They will not be impressed. The reason? One word: Annecdotal. The evidence you used to prove your thesis is annecdotal. That means it refers to ONE instence. If you could get consistent penta kills (and prove it through lolking.net) people would believe you more. Do I have something against Tryndamere or these other champs? No. My partner MAINS tryndamere but he says "my stats are 55% with tryndamere". That is a STRONGER arguement then "I got a penta last game". People don't resent him when he plays it, his actions and judgement speak for themselves in game and if we lose, the team KNOWS it's their fault (more or less).
Don't like jungling? Talk with your team. Be nice. Going "mid only or troll" ENSURES a loss. Your team will do everything in their power to get you off your high horse. Now try "Best mid, mid please". You won't always get it. But at least you will get trolled less and get mid more often. Support boring for you? Dodge, learn to like it or buy a new champ that is more fun as support. Their are solutions, you aren't using them. Remember: the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over while expecting different results. The more flexible you are, the more utility you provide to your team. There is a reason why everyone wants to play mid at lower ELO and support and jungling is fought over at the mid range. Anyone can last hit, but having map awareness, calling timers, pinging objectives? That's in another... League.
Read a book.
Good post. Sadly, the players that read it are, most likely, the ones that also already read books =P the trolls and ragers are still in a champ select or a game, trolling and raging.
That said, there are definitely some good points here, and most players, even the book-readers, will be able to pick up a few new things.
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