A single tip for hitting Gold Rank

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Samus Araan

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10-17-2012

First, my credentials: I am currently ranked 1575, and at my highest got to 1780 Rank. I have been a Gold ranked player for two years, and have been playing since beta. I consider myself to be better than the average player, and this is supported by the fact that both my main and smurf account have been Gold for years.

The Secret

One of the interesting things about having Gold rank is that you get a lot of people friending you and asking you to duo with them. I can only imagine how intense this sort of nuthugging adulation is for the Platinum players! They ask me how to get into Gold rank like there is a secret passphrase or maybe a button combo. Up Down Up Down Left Right Left Right Select Start, Contra style baby! This is my reply to them, and, I think, the silver bullet of gaining rank: Admit that you are where you are supposed to be, that the system works.

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Literally 99% of the lower-ranked people who have asked me how to gain rank preface the request with the usual story of how a confluence of circumstances has resulted in them being lower ranked than they ought to be. Every 1100 Rank player thinks that he is actually a 1500 Rank player who is being kept down by noobs, bad luck, and a broken matchmaking system that creates an inescapable black hole of losses known as ELO Hell. These are not the facts.

The fact is that the system works. I know because I actually tested it. I dropped my rank down to 950 intentionally just to see how BAD ELO Hell really is and if, like most people who are in it assert, escape is impossible. It took me one month to go from 950 to 1400, and that was with hard rank (+-10-14 points per win/loss). I had very little difficulty in ELO Hell, as would be expected if the system works. I even played a lot of Support, just to see if Support players were unfairly punished in this Hell. Defensive Supports are, no doubt, but Blitzcrank and Leona are OP. Jungle is totally broken in ELO Hell, and I had some fantastic games with Fiddlesticks. Hint: People don't ward in ELO Hell. Use Fiddlesticks.

Now I don't want to get bogged down in individual starts that are viable in these ranks. There are plenty of great guides already that give individual player tips on getting out. The tip I have is a little more Zen.

Step 1: Admit that there is no conspiracy of noobs holding you down. Riot has not created a system designed to hold back your potential, and your current rank is an accurate reflection of your current skill.

This is by far the hardest step. Most people simply cannot do it. I have talked with so many frustrated players and watched them self-destruct in games after making a mistake and go on rants projecting their failures onto their teammates and what stands out more than anything to me is that by doing so you are eliminating any chance you have of actually learning from your mistakes.

Think about it. In order to learn from your mistakes, you must first acknowledge that you made one. Here is an example:

You are top lane and you get ganked by middle. The gank is successful and, as is the case with top lane, you are now behind and are going to have a tough time for the rest of the lane unless you get lucky or a good gank from your team. Naturally you are frustrated, and the first thing you think to do is yell at your middle player for not calling MIA. He doesn't want to admit his fault so he yells at you to watch the minimap, after all you had a ward in river and that is how the gank came up. You yell back and forth at each other and poison the team and will probably lose the game.

During my journey into ELO Hell I saw this scene over and over, and it struck me that not only are these two players almost guaranteeing victory for the other team by squabbling, but neither player is actually LEARNING anything.

Fact: Lower Ranked players make more mistakes than higher Ranked ones.

The key to getting out of ELO Hell is to make less mistakes, but the only way you do that is by actually admitting that you made them. You will never do this if you are too busy ranting and railing about the mistakes of others and projecting your defects of gameplay onto the rest of the team. This is all supported by the delusional mindset of you being wronged by the system.

LET THIS DELUSION FADE FROM YOUR MIND AND YOU WILL GAIN RANK

The system works. You are at the Rank that reflects your current skill set. This is not a depressing reality; this is the start of actually becoming a good player.

Amazing things begin to happen when you stop blaming others and the system. Amazing things like getting ganked top and admitting OK, there was no MIA but man I had that **** warded but I never check it! What is the point in warding if you don't actually USE the ward? You have this moment of revelation and you say to yourself:

"That was my fault. From now on I am going to make the conscious effort to check my minimap every few seconds for an incoming gank from river."

You try to do this from now on, and obviously you still fail every once and awhile and get caught, but overall you notice that you are not getting ganked nearly as much. You notice that you are starting to win a little more. You wonder what else can I learn?

You are middle and against a pretty decent opponent who is being pretty aggressive. All of a sudden he starts acting very passively and isn't harassing anymore. You naturally get confident and start pushing back, and then WHAM you are ganked by Lee Sin and murdered as they execute a beautifully timed combo of flashes and ults. You instinctively look for someone to blame, aha, YOUR JUNGLER! Why isn't HE ganking middle too?

But then...

You remember learning from top, and you think "did I actually make a mistake here? What can I learn?"

Lee came from the north river bush, the same bush that your middle opponent had been moving towards while suddenly and inexplicably behaving passive. You noticed this...why didn't you play a little more cautiously? You hadn't seen Lee Sin all game either, and Lee is a gank machine. You were expecting him to show up at some point, but hadn't bought any wards because mids don't usually ward at this level of play. It hits you: you made a mistake.

The fault wasn't your jungler's; it was yours! You got baited and caught. There is no one else to blame here, and that is actually a GOOD THING because now you get to learn something! Opponents that suddenly and for no reason change their lane behaviour probably have a reason for it. Mid lane should buy wards.

You vow to remember this, and to buy wards and to watch for inconsistencies in your opponents' behaviour and to react with appropriate caution. You start to win more...

This is how you move up in Rank. You stop focusing on your teammates' gameplay and start focusing on your own. You stop blaming your team and start asking "what could I have done better?"

IT IS NOT YOUR JOB TO MAKE YOUR TEAMMATES BETTER PLAYERS.

It is your job to become a better player by identifying your weaknesses and turning them into strengths. This is only possible when you stop creating elaborate conspiratorial fantasies of system corruption and bad karma and just start learning the way we all learn:
by making mistakes, and then not making them as much.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading. See you soon


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ExecutionerK

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10-17-2012

6 more days for people to get to their desired rank, keep it up summoners.


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Amatzikahni

Senior Member

10-17-2012

This is how I've been improving. I was stuck in the 1400's for over 100 games, and I kept feeling like I made too many mistakes every game—getting baited, missing too much CS, staying in lane too long, etc. Just recently, I've been playing and noticing that I have an extremely low death count and that I'm aware of the minimap for all three lanes and objective timers yet I still don't get distracted from last hitting and zone control. I've made very few mistakes that I can count and now I'm nearly 1600. Now I have to learn more, but this attitude is the most important mental state to be in for learning absolutely anything in life—admit when you've made a mistake and learn from it.


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corallein

Senior Member

10-17-2012

Hey hey, my lack of a gold rank is totally a result of Elo decay. And abject laziness on my end.

Also Borderlands 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Totally not my fault the end of Season 2 had to coincide with those!


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ArtDZ

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10-17-2012

Bad luck is a factor. I've had 11 4v5's and 10 of them i lost. Once i got less 4v5's i got gold quickly. I agree with your statement for the most part but there definitely will be players that get lucky or unlucky with teams (in which a few people may have problems with bad luck but generally the elo hell players deserve elo hell). Over time your statements statistically will hold true.


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slaya45

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10-17-2012

Deserved bump


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Loosah

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10-17-2012

Just wanted to make one comment. My main account "JuST DiE K" (banned for DC...brother DL too much **** lol) is 1945 (last i checked) Elo...I first placed in 1600 then worked my way up....that being sad...this account had real bad luck placement matches (DCs and what not) so i got placed in 1000...

Now, I am perfectly capable of holding my own in 1900 as ive been there for a long time, so as you say, this represents my skill level. That being said, i cant even carry this account out of 1100-1200 elo...I win my lane 100% of the time (literally im not even exaggerating) and always roam to help other lanes..I end games with a great KDR...that being said...its virtually impossible to win 4v5 and 3v5 games (which if u view my other forum post, youll see that in a span of 30 game in a row, over a span of 6 days) 24 out of 30 of those games had leavers.

Also, i looked at ur character info and you in fact have not dropped ur elo to 900 and brought it back up, so before you spew lies, please, think about what ur saying/doing.

Mainly wanted to post this to say that while Elo hell is something invented by players, 1000-1300 elo are in fact filled with more DCers/laggers/ragers than other ranks...Why you ask??

Because, they rage and leave every game, dropping their elo....so lower elo is filled with these leavers and ragers..(saw a stat a riot staff friend showed me that said that from 1000-1300 elo, 65% of players have at least 1 leave every 4 games)...


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Samus Araan

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10-17-2012

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Originally Posted by Rept4r View Post
Just wanted to make one comment. My main account "JuST DiE K" (banned for DC...brother DL too much **** lol) is 1945 (last i checked) Elo...I first placed in 1600 then worked my way up....that being sad...this account had real bad luck placement matches (DCs and what not) so i got placed in 1000...

Now, I am perfectly capable of holding my own in 1900 as ive been there for a long time, so as you say, this represents my skill level. That being said, i cant even carry this account out of 1100-1200 elo...I win my lane 100% of the time (literally im not even exaggerating) and always roam to help other lanes..I end games with a great KDR...that being said...its virtually impossible to win 4v5 and 3v5 games (which if u view my other forum post, youll see that in a span of 30 game in a row, over a span of 6 days) 24 out of 30 of those games had leavers.
Yeah that sucks, bad luck impacts but after awhile it evens out. Part of the problem might be that you haven't adjusted your gameplay for low ranks. What wins at 1900 won't necessarily be the best way to play at 1100.
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Also, i looked at ur character info and you in fact have not dropped ur elo to 900 and brought it back up, so before you spew lies, please, think about what ur saying/doing.
Well I did. You do know that lolking doesn't graph further back than a few months for Rank right? This happened awhile ago pal.
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Mainly wanted to post this to say that while Elo hell is something invented by players, 1000-1300 elo are in fact filled with more DCers/laggers/ragers than other ranks...Why you ask??

Because, they rage and leave every game, dropping their elo....so lower elo is filled with these leavers and ragers..(saw a stat a riot staff friend showed me that said that from 1000-1300 elo, 65% of players have at least 1 leave every 4 games)...
Well sorry to hear you are stuck in it, but you can get out of if you are actually a good player.


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Samus Araan

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10-17-2012

Thanks for the feedback guys! Good luck in Season 3


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iDpark

Senior Member

10-18-2012

I belong in 1200.
SILVER 5 FTW!!!!!


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