In order to succeed in this game, or life even, you must persevere. That goes to everyone; begginers, normal players, ranked players. From my observation I see that most of the people on the forums and in-game lack the determination, tenacity and the will to move forward. I will tell you the true secret of rising up the ELO ladder from the lower ELO's;
By having a heart of steel.
Most complaints I heard about is noob teammates, trolls, afk, dc. Let me share with you something;
At my ELO, everyday I have to play by myself the only 1.5k ELO on the team, my second pick 1.3k and the rest unranked against a full team of 1.4k. Despite this fact, I win the game anyway. This is not something uncommon, every high ELO player in the ladder goes through the same thing everyday because that's how the ELO system works; the more you win, the tougher your opponents are or how your teammates will get worse and worse; and you should win anyway. If you win, you get +6, if you lose, you get -15.
But I win anyway.
You see, in each game you join there are 4 possibilities;
1. You got carried and win
2. You carry and win
3. You make mistakes and lose
4. Your teammate make mistakes and lose
Out of these 4 possibilities, you can only determine the outcome of two of them; your own abilities. If you go on with this, eventually your win/lose will be 50/50 and if you can't win more than you lose, your ELO won't improve. So if you take out the possibility of the team losing because of you, you get 2/3 chance of winning. Either you carry or your team carry, or lose because of someone else. That's a good deal. But how do I carry, you ask?
When I'm soloing top, I make sure I kill the guy at top and outfarm him. I'll dominate top. If I can't do that, I'll just hold the lane enough that he won't be a threat to the other lanes and I'll kill him when my jungler comes along.
When i'm soloing mid, I make sure I kill the guy at mind and outfarm him. I'll dominate mid. If I can't do that, I'll just hold the lane enough until the jungler comes. If he dissapears, I'll either push the tower or follow him and counter gank should he choose to gank the other lanes.
When I'm jungling, I make sure that I gank as soon as I get the red buff as ganking at lvl 6 is retarded and you should feel bad about it. I make sure that I help the lanes that needs me the most and I don't push the lanes when I'm holding it for my teammate. I'll help ward with my wriggle's lantern, take dragon whenever a good chance arises and signal for Baron when we won a team fight mid-game.
When I'm ad ranged, I make sure that I'm farmed enough and get the proper items ASAP. In team fights, I stay behind the tanks and off tanks, dealing damage from afar and if they engage I would move back and hide until they come to a stop; where by I would continue attacking.
When I'm support, I would not steal even a single minion from my lane partner, get GP5 items as soon as possible, buy 10 wards and light up the mini map like it's Christmas.
When I'm the captain, I make sure my team has all the roles, arrange it so that it'll have good synergy and during the game I'll issue commands such as sticking, split pushing, ganking, engage, Baron and such.
What I'm trying to say here is that no matter what champion or role that I choose or was forced to play, I give my best shot at it.
But sometimes, I don't. Sometimes, even if I lose, it's okay. Because you know why? It's just a game. You lose nothing more than a bit of your ego and some virtual points on the screen. It's not the WCG finals. It's not dreamhack. It's just a ranked game. I honestly don't care if I lose a few ranked games because you know what? I'll just win the next two games. Even if I go on a losing streak and go back to 1.4k ELO range, I don't care. I reached 1.5k ELO, I can do it again. I didn't got here by luck or got carried, I earned my place.
Contrary to popular belief, I only rage on rare occasions. You want to know why half of my posts are rage related? Because I don't do it in game. I release my rage here. Yes, I'm only human. My patience has limits and I too make mistakes. The reason why I don't rage in game is because when I want to win, I have to keep my team's morale up. I've been in their position too on a regular basis, and if they rage I would be tempted to throw the game. As I mentioned before, what do I care? I'm more satisfied to lose with you rather than carrying you to victory. I'll queue again and once you're on the opposite team, I'll just win you over. That's 1 win and 1 lose for me, 2 loses for you. Then I proceed to win the next game; winning more than you losing, the only way to get your ELO higher.
But sometimes people tend to get a little too nasty and whatever they say would just affect my performance negatively. This is where I type "/ignore *summoner name*" and go about my game. But I don't do this all the time, I need all of my teammate in order to win. Even if I'm carrying 4 noobs, I still have to communicate with each and every one of them to pull of bullsh*t strategies that would bamboozle the five 1.4k ELO players on the opposite team. So I just grit my teeth and tolerate them in order to win. Otherwise, /ignore is my friend. Last resort is to anyhow play, lose and beat them up the next game when they're the enemy.
You may find what I'm saying a bit contradictory; where by how can I play to win when I also say that it's just a game and you don't need to be so worked up about it? But it's all so very simple. Ask yourself, why do you play this game? Why do you want to win? Nobody forced you to play this game. Nobody forced you to win this game. If you lose, you don't die in real life. If you don't play, you don't die in real life. Even if someone points a gun at you and say play this game, you still have the choice of saying "No" by accepting the fact he'll shoot and you'll die. It's just a game. It's okay to lose once in a while.
That's the reason; choice. I chose to play this game. I chose to win. When I can't win, I write it off as it's just a game. I maximize my full potential and good fortune and I minimize my own weaknesses and bad luck. I chose to do this because it's much more rewarding. You can choose to play normal and stomp noobs with your 5 vs 5 premade forever, but I myself find this achievement to be quite empty and unsatisfying. You don't call it an achievement when you steal a candy from a baby. You would just be lying to yourself.
So I choose to win; the fact that when someone tells me that I suck and I still have higher ELO than them and after so long they're still the last pick, that's more satisfying. When I lead a team of scrubs to victory against 5 decent players, that's more satisfying. When I defeat those who has higher ELO than mine legitimately, that's more satisfying. I chose to play ranked, I chose to win because it brings me much more satisfaction and fun compared to pubstomping noobs. Pubstomping noobs is easy, taking on the ranked ladder is hard.
Believe it or not, it's hard for me too. You see, I have no talent for this game actually. I never even played DoTA before. When I first started out Ranked, I won a few games, lost some, by my first dozens I was at 1.3k ELO. Slowly, I move on to 1.4k, then recently reaching 1.5k and now I'm a few games away from reaching 1.6k. I'm just an ordinary player, I've always been an ordinary player. But for whatever talent I lack, I make it up for it through hard work. They say that experience is the best teacher. For every champion that I learned, defeat and lost to, every one of them is a lesson for me to become a better player and this reflects in my climb of the ELO ladder.
I achieved all of this through the virtue of patience. I am patient when I get noob teammates; whereby instead of raging at them and asking them to uninstall, even if they are jerks I cooperate, compromise and keep my cool with them in order to win the game. When I get scolded by people whose ELO are higher than mine, I take their blunt advice as a lesson for me to improve. Sooner or later, as I reward these people's harsh words with kindness, they stopped being jerks to me. They're actually very nice people, after all they are human beings in real life like you and me. As for the higher ELO players, I take their advice, improve myself and hey, now I'm the one whose ELO is higher.
This is why you must have a heart of steel. A heart that is strong and yet open to criticism, with patience and the desire to improve yourself, eventually you can claw your way out of Hell with your own two hands.
Then again, it's always a choice. Do what you want to do because you are free. You can choose not to listen to your mother, you can choose to kill someone, you can choose to help people or you can even choose to do nothing. What is there to choices is just the fact that we'll have to face whatever's the consenquences our actions or inactions have brought forth. If you are willing to get grounded, go to prison, save a life or get nothing at all, it's all up to you. If you choose to play normal and feel good about beating a couple of players who just started this game, up to you. If you choose to lose because you'd rather have your team losing, up to you. If you think you can win the next two games and you'll do your best, up to you. If you figured out dodging only cost -10 elo which is better than playing and losing -15 elo, up to you. It's your choice. If you choose not to listen to me, focusing your energy on blaming others instead of working on the factors you can control, up to you. You choose whatever consenquences that you want to accept.
As for me, I choose to win. Here I am, writing my article so that maybe some of you would take my advice, improve yourself, come into ranked and I'll have decent teammates. I chose to do something about it. Then again, it might backfire and you'll beat me up when you end up on the opposite team. Then again, every loss is an experience gained, so I'll win in the end anyway. I chose to win and I'll win.
Nothing in this world worth having comes easy.