Originally Posted by MrGoop
So what do you tell the guy who just dropped from 900 to 700 ELO over the past 3 awful days of gaming due in a large part to people raging or afking? I was playing the only match I had time for last night, was varus with a soraka support. I overextended early and they got first blood, soraka died trying to save me. Soraka immediately starts raging, and refuses to support me any longer. She heads to top and starts bickering with top about throwing the game. All this like I'm trying to be reasonable, I apologized for the death and said I would do better. The match deteriorated pretty quickly from there and despite me going on a 4 kill spree Soraka refused to come back and help because I am a "baddie". So what I ask, is what do? This kind of situation happens to me on a daily basis and as someone who cannot play all the time due to work/school/girlfriend it can be quite disheartening. So what do I do? Continue down the path least taken and not get angry, despite the fact that my forward progress is being ripped away by adults acting as children?
Something's gotta give right? This is supposed to be a fun experience, right?
A big part of playing ranked is making sure that you have enough time to commit to the experience. I find that when I am possibly going to be rushed for a game I will either play a normal game with 4 friends in case I need to leave/surrender due to life getting in the way, or I will play Dominion that has a lower average game duration. I still get a chance to refine my skill with a champion, but I do not have the same level of time commitment.
As for improving the ratio of positive games, right now playing jungle/support has MASSIVELY reduced competition for roles in the pre-game lobby.
I also recommend spending time thinking about HOW you communication. For example, after winning a team fight and grabbing a tower, it's a good idea to back off and not end up getting killed by the re-spawning enemy team. Often players will simply issue a flurry of retreat pings. This is often seen as hostile/negative by your team, as depending on how many pings occur in a game, people will take them as criticism. I instead have started typing in "shopping spree" or "swag time" which turns a negative retreat ping into a heal up and buy cool stuff message. Apply this mentality to as much in-game communication as possible and you WILL see the quality of your games improve.
I will say this does not always work, but part of any competitive game is learning to brush off a loss and learn from it. Even when it turns into a LOT of losses. When I have a REALLY bad streak, I'll play some bot games or custom games to remind myself of how fun this game is.