Play champions you are comfortable with, and play styles you are much more familiar with.
1. Consider Dropping ignite in favor of Teleport when you top lane, as that 1 kill on your lane opponent is nice but you play strong early game champions that have no issues bullying people around without ignite. Having the Flexibility to suddenly TP/Kick the opposing bot lane into yours can quickly turn a game around.
2. With Lee Sin consider Ravenous Hydra instead of BoTRK, the waveclear will keep them from pushing through your tower early and allow you to keep pressure on them (remember to have wards to hop to so you can escape if needed. Make yourself a big split push threat and then use your maneuverability to escape when they commit to stopping you. This also means you can push the wave early and move out of lane to threaten mid (even if you dont go the whole way down the midlaner will still hear the MIA call and be less likely to all in your mid, after 2-3 fake rotations either TP bot or actually gank mid (as he will stop pulling back at some stage)
I personally play very few Champions in ranked and mostly champions that are not meta champions simply because they can bypass the standard champions in the role.
For example I am leaning towards Warwick top now because he can duel anyone after level 7, and has massive sustain in case they go a ranged top (I just build Glacial, BoTRK and then Q>R>Q>Blade and chase them down with my E running).
In my experience, it is better to play what you're good at versus what is 'OP'. For me, I'm personally better at playing carries because I've always played them and sometimes I notice that my instincts for a carry bleed over when I'm not playing one. For example, I've recently taken to playing Nautilus jungle, and I catch myself at the back of my team as if I was the ADC. Watch out for those mechanical mistakes that you can fix and make yourself better, because in every game you are a factor.
As other people have mentioned, if you lose 2-3 in a row, take a break or play some Dominion or something. Losing frustrates you and puts you in a bad frame of mind and you play much worse. Take it from me, I got placed in silver 1, failed gold 5 promos 3 separate times, then went on tilt all the way down to silver 4 and I'm still recovering from it.
If you want, I can duo with you and we can help each other improve. It's always nice to know theres one less potential troll in your game
Well, I'd like to thank you ALL for your input and your advice. Regrettably, I won't be playing ranked for a while, and I'll end up playing normals and practicing other roles. I also got into uh, Dota 2. DON'T SHUN ME YET, for some strange reason, after I play Dota, I end up coming back to league refreshed, with a clearer feel for the game, and it just becomes overall more comfortable to play. I'll be ending up playing Dota 2 for a while, but I'll return to League of Legends when I'm once again fully confident and trustworthy in my abilities. Thank you once again, everything on this thread has affected me, and I'm 100% sure I can end up in a higher tier if I just followed all of your advice
I thought were you were placed was based of your win/loss ratio in the normals you've played before ranked. So if you have a 25% win ratio you'll be placed in Bronze regardless. If you have a 50-60% in ratio and have decent ranked placement matches you'll end up in Silver5 or 4. Just know this. it doesn't matter where you place. The more you play the better you get and the more you will learn. I might be wrong about the normals being a factor. But just know when I was placed after winning 6/10 matches with very high KDA's I was placed in Bronze 4. After getting over the fact I was ranked so low I wanted to prove to myself I was a better player. So I kept on the grind and ended up going on a 16 game win streak. I was privileged enough to skip an entire division and went from B3 to B1 in the matter of 2 days. I'm currently in S4 and i'm on a 6 game win streak and only 26 or so points from being in my promo matches. just keep the right attitude and positive thoughts in mind. Only play the champions you're good at. Even if you are countered you have a better chance at playing a champ you're good at then playing a counter to their champion that you've only played maybe 3 times before. Good luck with your grind.
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