Questions and Answers
What role did you play primarily?
I played AD and bruiser top mostly. It's mostly since I'm the most proficient at those roles and felt really comfortable winning games with them. You can use any role except for support as long as you're good at them.
How difficult would it be to raise my elo just playing support?
It's REALLY hard. Your overall impact on the game isn't quite as powerful as it is in more organized teams. If things are turning sour, the natural skills of a support might not be enough to overturn it and carry like other roles can.
What i do not understand is, how can you be at negative elo when you have a significant amount of wins compared to losses? can you explain this?
Queue dodging doesn't count as a loss in preseason 2 but it does make you lose 10 rating each time you do it.
Out of curiosity, how proficient at various roles would you say you ought to be before doing ranked seriously?
One really cool thing is that a lot of skills translate between roles. If you can last hit well as an AD carry, you can last hit well as a bruiser or AP. The global map objectives of towers, dragons, and barons are also the same. So if you're really good at one role then all your other roles will be better also.
How often did you get games where it was just impossible to carry?
It was possible to carry every single game. I fell short in each of my losses. But it's certainly not the same case when you're playing much better people such as at 1600s. The amount of mistakes and cases of not capitalizing decreases as players get better and better. Under 1500, the players make enough mistakes for you to be able to carry the game every time. You don't always do but it was possible. There's some bizarre cases where you could be put in a 2v5 situation but those are soooooo incredibly rare.
How do you handle this situation - In mid-late game your team is drastically and consistently out of position (scattered around the map), and the enemy team is grouped on your tower?
It's pretty situation dependent. You might want to split push and even possibly base race. You need to be a very accurate judge of how much damage your team does vs the enemy team against towers to do this.
Excessive pings AND physically running in could help lead your team to group up. If your teammate sees something moving toward a place and there's pings, they're probably gonna follow.
There's also the cases where the enemy team gets too greedy and takes the tower but then tries to get another one or doesn't leave right away. This opens up an opportunity to chase them down and get a whole bunch of rewards - kills, towers, Baron, inhibitor.
There's also the preventative option where you aren't scattered in the first place. Generally, you want set objectives and planning. An example would be that you're going to take Baron, go back to heal/buy, take a tower, take another tower, go back to heal/buy, get buffs, get dragon, get Baron. League of Legends is beautiful in the way that the game works. It's a continuous flow of events that happen rather than a random team fight every now and then.
When do you think it's wise to start ranked?
As soon as you're comfortable. I've learned so much from playing in ranked games. I wouldn't be as good of a player if I didn't start playing ranked. You can see some interesting things in normals but there isn't quite that same mindset of playing for the win or playing optimally. The only reason I wouldn't recommend to play ranked right away is that you might be discouraged if you drop into a low rating. Lack of experience can be the reason that you lose. Some players are mechanically gifted enough that they can get away with not fulling understanding the game. As long as you're willing to risk your rating, go into ranked play.
Originally Posted by Baron Von Richthofen
Good thread, basically everything is right. Couple of things that I tell everyone:
-Farm as much as possible
-Don't be overaggressive for kills, just harass some damage and wait for your opponent to make mistakes
-Most people look at what their teammates are doing to lose the game... but the important question is what're you doing to WIN it for your team? That's really important to realize that wins don't just happen and make the decision to win every game you play
Support for example on the last point, almost every single player plays support as the champ that goes bot, wards, and basically just sits there and doesn't contribute. Rather, look for ways to win the game for your team. Aggressive warding and organizing your team for dragon. I always look for opportunities to leave bot lane when I know my carry is safe. Like if the lane is pushed to our tower or if the enemy is weak, I'll leave and gank other lanes or go back to base to give us an advantage.
Play ranked whenever you feel like and don't worry to much about it, just know that you can win on any champion in the game and make wins happen