Gather around the campfire kids its time for papa Jester to tell you all a story. Back in the old days of season 1, I was an unranked player who thought he was amazing at the game due to years of dota experience. I played blind pick over and over thinking I was the **** and I would come up with some ingenius builds and playstyles, at least thats what I thought. Eventually I decided that I would start playing ranked games. I would get my ass kicked constantly over and over again. Unlike a lot of other people, I tend to blame myself for my own losses and not others. Every loss would seem like a failure on my part. I had to get better if I was going to climb any. More than that though, I wanted to. I learned that there was a pro scene for league and I got really into it. I would go to tournaments and see my favorite teams compete in person. I would watch streams and learn what works and what doesn't work.Without me knowing it, I was improving just from watching high level games. I learned all about positioning, map control, lane dominance and proper strategies to use on certain champions.
I eventually got back into ranked games during season 2 and now here I sit at 1700 and closing in on 1800. I plan to be plat before this season ends and I look back on that kid that thought he was amazing and I realize that I was godawful.
If I was able to make this much of an improvement from learning from others, is it really that bad of a thing? Certainly if I had stuck to what I was doing before, I would be one of the many stuck in what is known as "ELO hell" and I would probably still think I was an amazing player, when really I would have no clue how this game begins to work. I still have a lot to learn but the only reason I even know that this depth of knowledge even exists is due to watching others.