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  Uninstall69

Novice Member

Joined: 6/08/13
Posts: 3

"Dont bite off more than you can chew"

 
OP  6/08/13 2:07:36 AM#1

I've been wanting to rank for the LONGEST! I ranked before this new update. But now with the updates and the divisions now scares me lol. Friends tell me that the bronze divisons are full of trolls, feeders and afkers (this is what is keeping me away from it).

So i was just wanting some of you guy's opinion

Should i rank? Or should i keep training in normals and getting my win score ratio up and learning how to play other champs that i usually dont use?

Btw i play Sivir, Teemo, Irelia, Taric ,Vi and Nidalee most of the time but i dont really have a main character yet

  zonjimasen

Hard Core Member

Joined: 4/24/12
Posts: 27

6/08/13 2:53:46 AM#2

I dont play ranked myself these days anymore, but Ive been playing moba/lol/dota-esque game for a long time so I guess I could give some pointers.

The key of  "being ready" for ranked compasses many thing, but I guess I can boil down to some pointers:

 

1)Mindset : The reason people play ranked are mostly for serious, competitive game. A lot of my friends play ranked themselves. I personally avoid ranked because I prefer laidback games generally. Of course, every one wants to win. However, most people make mistake about this important point.

You can't win every game. But one thing you can really make sure is make every game count. Do your best in each. Most of my ranked friends has this habit of finding fault/playing the blame game(they solo queue a lot).  You cant play like this if you ever want to actually improvise(as a gamer yourself, not just in terms of rank/elo/divisions).

I have two groups of friends myself, those who actively play ranked and those who don't. Skill-level aside, they both have very different mindset altogether.

For a safe bet, avoid solo queue ranked at the beginning, which is I believe almost all LoL players can agree to. Try finding a team for a ranked, it is a more comfortable way of "breaking" your way into the more competitive mode of LoL. The reason is trying to have a leverage in team flexibility/communication, which brings into my 2nd point :

 

2)Preparations, Before and During Game:

One thing that I wish I could teach new LoL players is to identify roles and champions who are associated with that role. I' m not just trying to force the current meta/lane composition either for them (I hate current LoL for having such a rigid role system).

Having roots from DotA in-house clan matches, I grew up playing support for my clan mates in the old days. This transitions well into LoL itself, especially in current laning system. Different mindset that I had in those days was I am playing a role, rather than specific champions.

I see most new players have the habit of "maining" specific champions, even going as far as having different champions in various roles. This isnt really a problem when you're playing the game for the sake of playing the game itself, but when we're talking about competitive level/ranked, this means your mechanic/skill/knowledge about that role is rather shallow since you spend yourself averaging/switching roles too often.

Riot is kind enough to let 10 Free Weekly champs have all roles for a team, so I really recommend you try finding your main role which suit your playstyle, not which specific champion suits your playstyle. For example, I main support and sub as a jungler. I primarily play offensive based support(I have Leona/Taric/Thresh for this purpose), or a tank/supportish Junglers(Maokai/Hecarim/Nautilus). Both of these playstyle share some certain degree of agressiveness and initiation mechanics, so even if I swap around roles between Jungler/Support, I still retain the same playstyle/mentality.

This is the reason why I advise to get a team for ranked, this way you can plan your way around your team(adjusting playstyles between mates). Playing solo ranked is a gamble, you may get teamed with those who wont fit your plastyle(my agressiveness had sometime resulted in frustation for both me and my random teammates, because we didnt really synchro well. On the other hand, when Im playing with my regular/premades, its not a problem. They know Im agressive and know how to react/engage).

 

Looking at your pool, you seems to have good start to try playing as a solo top(If you enjoy playing the island lane).

 

However, if you really insist on trying to get into solo queue, then make sure you have quite some preparations to do:

a) Generic runepage for at least 3 roles(most probably you end up playing support)

b)At least have 2-3 champions for said role if you get forced to do it. Also, having these champions who arent easily hardcountered.

c)A very thick skin, solo queue community is very harsh. 

 

With that said, I wish you good luck on entering a new playing field in League of Legends.

  Uninstall69

Novice Member

Joined: 6/08/13
Posts: 3

"Dont bite off more than you can chew"

 
OP  6/08/13 3:57:57 AM#3

Hahaha yea they were aggressive back then too. So of course im guessing they are still gonna be aggressive.

 

Thanks for the advice! I think i'll just keep playing who i play best before i actually ranked and find a team to join and practice with them. Most of my friends are above the silver division. I love competition but then again i like the laidback games as well.

Once again thank you for your advice it really got me thinking!

  Reizlanzer

Novice Member

Joined: 6/04/04
Posts: 449

"Pain is only a pulse if you just stop feeling it."

6/08/13 4:11:32 AM#4

I haven't read the thread so I apologize if I retread over anything.

What you are experiencing and will likely experience later as well is ladder anxiety. It's most common in LoL and SC2. It's just a state of mind. Fact is, I just won 14 straight. Now have lost 10 Straight. Does it affect me? No. My score is generally good, I assist other lanes by roaming and typically top CS. That also doesn't stop the trolls and opponents from telling me how much I suck.

At my level of play, my friends in Platinum and Diamond tell me I am better than them, yet I am Silver I and on a massive lose streak. My point? Just play, you will hit a wall - look at it as a way to improve, I can't get much better CS atm, but I sure as hell can work on my efficiency involving carrying. Ladder Anxiety is really just mental, play ladder and lose my friend. Take a break after 2 or 3 and go to normals. The next day, go back to ranked and lose some more. Eventually, you WILL get good enough to climb but still be held back by team mates. The important thing is... never let them know how you feel, keep positive and become a positive community member.

You seem like a good person, though it may just be the jack talking. PM me for friends if you want.

People think it's fun to pretend your a monster. Me I spend my life pretending I'm not. - Dexter Morgan

  Dyshh

Novice Member

Joined: 10/29/13
Posts: 7

"This is Sparta!"

11/01/13 7:47:07 PM#5

I'm kind of late to this thread, but what you are talking about is something lots of people experience. But should you play ranked? ABSOLUTELY. 

 

Ranked is the best way to improve at the game. It helps you to learn better team communication, it helps you to learn how to adjust your champion pick to counter what the enemy has chosen, and it can help develop the all important internet skill of rolling with the punches (not getting upset when people call you names or insult you). Playing ranked, while at times discouraging, can give you goals that can,  in turn, help you improve as a player. 

 

I find that when I play ranked, I am much more focused on important things like securing objectives and asking my team to push when we have the advantage instead of letting the game drag out. I also find that the people on my team in ranked games tend to talk more and, as a result, the game feels more team oriented and not so much like the game is me fighting in my lane alongside people playing separate games in their lanes. 

 

Hope this helps someone out there!

  Ushangrane

Novice Member

Joined: 8/12/11
Posts: 1

7/19/14 9:05:52 AM#6
never played ranked myself always thought it would be to stressful
  George_LP

Novice Member

Joined: 6/05/13
Posts: 19

7/19/14 9:15:25 AM#7
i dont play a lot league of legends but my friends said to me that many bronze and silver devision are leavers,afkers and feeders and they troll very much....