There is a reason why the lower brackets of League of Legends’ ranked are called ‘elo hell’ and it’s mainly because it’s very difficult to climb out of those ranks. To put things into perspective, before the introduction of Emerald over 50% of the League’s playerbase was ranked Bronze-Gold.
This is because the majority of those stuck in low elo fail to improve over time, repeatedly convincing themselves that their teammates are the reason why they cannot climb. However, there are simple methods you can use to improve your skills as a League player and climb out of elo hell.
Choose Your Main Role And Champion
The first, and probably most common mistake low elo players make is the fact that they play too many different champions and roles which results in inconsistent performances. Instead of switching your picks every single game, you should pinpoint the role whose playstyle you like the most and stick to it.
Once you’ve chosen a role you like playing, you should look at some of the best picks in that lane and start playing them every single game and practicing them to perfection. It’s best to stick to 1 or 2 champions you like playing most and you should focus on mastering their kit and perfecting your skills.
After you spend some time playing your main and grinding solo queue games, you will see a gradual increase of your understanding of the game and the role itself.
By eliminating those games when you test out random picks, you will remove the inconsistencies in your performances and increase your solo queue rank as a result.
Create A Champion Pool
Even though it’s crucial to choose a champion or two that you’ll be sticking with through your solo queue journey, that doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be any variety when it comes to your champion selection.
To put things into perspective, if your favorite champion which is the only one you play at a high level gets banned, what would you do? In these situations, it’s very useful to have a backup plan by having a few picks that you can play at a decent level at your disposal.
Those picks should be champions that are similar in playstyle and identity to your main champion since that makes it easy to transfer the skills you have with your main. Additionally, it’s very good to have at least 1 pick that you can play on a decent level on every lane, in case you get autofilled.
Keep in mind that in low elo, players dislike playing support the most and if you get autofilled on support you’re unlikely to get any other role in a swap, which is why it’s a good idea to be able to play an easy support like Janna or Yuumi at a good level.
Duo With High Elo Players
Even though there are a lot of resources you can use to your advantage in your journey to becoming a better player, the best way to learn the game is by playing with a high elo duo.
Playing with high elo players will make you better as a result as you’re going to soak up their experience as well as their good habits.
Apart from that, duo queueing is generally beneficial, even if it’s not with a high elo player because you’re going to have higher odds of winning with a reliable teammate by your side. More often than not, you will be communicating with your duo over voice chat which is an additional benefit.
Sadly, Riot does very little to help you find your perfect duo partner which is why websites like Duoo exist nowadays that connect potential duo partners in only a few clicks.
Communicate With Your Teammates
Despite the fact that talking to League teammates is more painful than stepping on LEGOs, it’s something that you have to do every single game if you want to win.
All of us would sometimes mute the entire team before the game even starts, but that’s usually not the right approach when it comes to solo queue. Given that LoL evolved into a very team-orientated game over the years, communicating and cooperating with your team can give you a great advantage over your opponents.
Even if you really dislike your teammates and don’t want to text them, you should maintain a basic level of communication by keeping your pings enabled and communicating with them at least.
Pinging is sometimes much more effective than typing anyway, especially when it comes to macro calls and objective management in low elo.
Learn The Optimal Builds
Another common mistake low elo players make is that they often pay little attention to their builds, often building whatever Riot recommends in the item shop. Those recommended builds are often horrible which is why you should have a developed build that you should stick to.
There are numerous websites that focus on providing you with a variety of tested builds and guides that are written by high elo experts. Visiting these websites and knowing the optimal build is much better than figuring it out on the spot or building whatever is recommended in the shop.
That being said, once you’ve chosen an optimal build for your champion, that doesn’t mean that you should blindly follow it every game. Depending on your lane opponent and the rest of the opposing team, you should dynamically adjust small details in your build so you have a statistical advantage over your opponents before the fights even start.
Learn To Be Carried
A crucial mistake that often keeps low elo players stuck in elo hell is the fact that they don’t know how to be carried when having a bad game. Learning how to get carried is just as important as learning how to carry as it’s vital to maintain some form of impact in a game when you’re behind.
There is no shame in losing a lane every once in a while, especially if you get counterpicked and put in an unfavorable matchup. Instead of making risky plays that could potentially danger the well-being of your entire team just to get more kills, you should stay back and let the fed players carry you.
Your teammates will respect you much more if you know how to play from behind, instead of making dumb plays with a very low chance of succeeding.
Patiently farming and playing around your carries’ strengths is much more beneficial in games that don’t start well, and if you adopt this playstyle you will drastically increase your win rate in such games.
Farm And Learn Wave Management
Once you grasp the full complexity of minion control and macro around it and learn how to use it to your advantage you will be a much more complete player.
A significant portion of LoL’s player base, especially in low elo, knows nothing about wave management and effective CSing as they see minions only as a source of gold and an obstacle between themselves and the opposing laner.
However, there is a lot of nuance when it comes to minion control as you can use advanced methods such as slow pushing, fast pushing, and freezing to your strategic advantage.
In addition, managing your recall times around minion waves is something you need to master and you should certainly take the time to learn all of these techniques.
Use Vision To Your Advantage
Wards are something that many low elo players tend to forget exist at all as they often end with incredibly low vision scores. These vision granting gadgets are extremely useful in lower brackets as players often die because they’re caught out of position by the enemies that were hiding.
These situations can be completely avoided just by walking up to a spot and pressing a single button. Furthermore, wards are even more potent in low-skill tiers where players don’t pay attention to vision which makes your control wards much more powerful and long-lasting.
Keep in mind that there’s a bit more to vision control than just using a ward because you need to know which spots are the best to ward. For starters, warding a bush you can be ganked from or a major objective such as Baron or Dragon is more than enough.
Play The Meta Picks
If you want to have the highest odds of winning before the game even starts, you should naturally play the meta champions with the highest win rate.
This will sometimes force you to abandon the picks you love playing the most, but if you really want to climb playing the meta will give you the best chance of doing so.
Meta picks are usually champions that are temporarily overpowered because of getting too many buffs or picks that are generally good in their lane because of their kits.
There are several places that give you a good idea of the current meta status by updating you with frequent tier lists of the champions that boast the highest win rate across the ladder.
Follow Patch Notes
One of the best ways to keep up to date with the meta and the world of League is to read the patch notes whenever they come out. The patch notes are the host of LoL’s balance updates and they can completely change the landscape of the solo queue with only a few changes.
Low elo players are often unfamiliar with the meta because they don’t take the time to read these patch notes which is a fatal mistake. To put things into perspective, your favorite champions could get completely changed with a set of nerfs and buffs, and you could be completely unaware of this if you don’t read the patch notes.
They are released on a 2-3 week basis and Riot made it easy to access these patch notes as you can read them in your client which is neat to do while you’re in the queue.
Manage Your Tilt
Controlling anger when things go wrong in the game is something very few League players master in general, but low elo players struggle with this the most. This lack of emotional control can be a detriment to your overall ability to perform well and it often leads to rash decisions.
Every player gets tilted from time to time, but it’s the way you react to that tilt that can set you apart from other players. Instead of flaming your teammates who are toxic or unskilled, it’s best to mute the chat and focus on the positive impact you can have on a game.
If you’re struggling with tilt and you’re angry with the outcome of a game, it’s best to take a 5-10 minute break so you can have a mental reset and prepare for the next game.
Additionally, there are also selected methods that you can use such as taking deep breaths or stretching that will naturally make you feel more relaxed.