I am a VERY Casual player, who plays a couple times every time I get a chance with school and being pretty busy.
I was thinking of trying the ranked Solo / Duo queue with a friend or by myself. I am at around 250 wins as a player, but I think I am a little bit better than that low win total may suggest due to the fact that ever since I started the game I have been playing with 30s the whole time (all my RL friends were 30 and they were nice enough to teach me the ropes and carry me through - this consisted of many runeless games of getting bullied).
I have enough friends to play this game to fill 5's no problem, and will have a team with my friends as such. Its just sometimes I have very odd playing times and none of my RL friends are on and I am forced to solo queue which I do not mind.
I was thinking of starting ranked play during these times, just for the benefits it provides as the portraits, etc. As well as I think it may improve my skill level which is the goal of this game especially when I can not play it as frequently as many users. I only wish to get better at this game as it is a very skillful game which I enjoy the new challenges.
My problem with starting ranked does not lie within roles, I play every role and can do them equally as good, sure im obviously better with some champions opposed to others, but filling a role I honestly don't mind, when I solo queue I usually just take whatever's left (almost always jungle / support obviously).
My problem lies within the players, I have only heard negative things about queuing up ranked, such as trolls and players who do not wish to engage in the match seriously. This would obviously frustrate me as well as I heard the dodging period penalty is a whopping 45 minute wait.
I was wondering, should I just stick to normal - where play is usually troll like as a majority of the community has the attitude "dawg its just normals who's trying..." sort of, or should I adventure into ranked play and hope for the best?
Thank you for your posts, and feel free to add me as a friend if you are in a similar situation and would like to get some solid games in!