So, you hate yourself huh?
In this guide I’m gonna tell you some things to improve your chances in solo rank and keep a consistant winrate above 50%.This guide may contain things you won’t like to hear, but listen to this: Your’e gonna get better through it.
So now that we got this out of the way, as always let’s start with a golden rule:
GOLDEN RULE OF SOLO RANKING
MENTAL IS EVERYTHING
Keep your mental up. If you are tired, tilted or frustrated you won’t be able to perfom. Put the game down, maybe watch a video or two. If you are not focused it’s just not worth playing. Because the stars you lose, gonna be the same stars you have to get back not getting tilted. Don’t let anybody inside your head. You are your own person and nobody can put you down unless you let them!
1. HERO POOL
This is the first thing you gonna have to work on. Learn to play at least 1 hero in every role, 2 in your main role. Not only does this allow you to adjust and give your team overall better chances, it also teaches you what the other roles need. Watching one video on the hero you want to learn goes a long way. As you rank up, your hero pool should widen. Every hero you learn is a another counter pick in your tool box.
2. IT’S NOT A SPRINT, IT’S A MARATHON
Ranking up is hard and exhausting, even if you win. Winning 3 and losing 1 is great! That’s +2 to your rank and keeping that up over weeks is way easier than playing 15 days in a row and winning more than you lose, just because of exhaustion and getting tilted.Playing a lot of games in a row is a guranteed way to reach a 50% wr.Set up a limit, like “if I lose 2 in a row, that’s it for the day, than it’s classic”.Right now my limit is losing one game. If I lose my first game? Well unlucky day, but this ensures that I will go positive almost every day.
3. THE ONLY CONSTANT IS YOU
Stop blaming your team. I know people hate hearing that. I hate hearing it. But that’s solo queue.Some games feel unwinnable because your team is doing everything in their power to keep you from winning. But you can’t change that. The only thing that is always there is you! Blaming your team is the best way to get stuck in a rank. If you are always thinking about “How can I change the outcome of the game”, than you are in the right mindset. Maybe the carry need protection, maybe split pushing, maybe it’s putting up an ambush.
4. LOOK FOR YOUR WEAKNESS
If you are getting MVP loss every game, you still have to improve. I was the same. But MVP doesn’t mean winning. Sometimes getting silver or bronze means winning. Think about why you lost, and what you could have done diffrent. Here is quick list of common symptoms:
Do you feel like you lost because:
-you felt like the enemy was everywhere? -> Work on your rotations and map awareness.
-you felt like the games are going to long? -> Work on your objective focus.
-you felt like your team never helped you? -> Work on your engages and disengages.
– you felt like one enemy was solo carrying? -> Work on your carry focus. Like flanking and so on.
It’s gonne be like a weight of your should when you find your weakness. It’s gonna feel like the games are way easier all of a sudden. Look at your stats in your profile, you may notice that some numbers are not where they are supposed to be.
5. DON’T BRING YOUR TEAMS MENTAL DOWN
Don’t ever flame your team. I can’t keep myself from it. So the only thing I do is, at the start of the game I will write “focus now” and then I will mute everybody. If you flame your teammates their performance is gonna reduce and even worse more people gonna start texting. That’s just as bad as going afk. Mind your own buisness, next game they are gonna be gone, but you are gonna still be there arguing in your head.
6. DON’T DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER IF IT ISN’T WORKING
If you already are 0 4 0, what you are doing is not working. No you don’t just need to quickly clear the lane. You died the last 4 times and the 5 time is gonna be just the same. Change it up, look what else there is to do, how you can still influence the game, farm safely or help your team.Same with hero picks, if you are stuck with one hero or role, switch it up. Sometimes all you need is the right hero or the right role. Try out diffrent things until you find what works for you.
7. YOU DON’T NEED TO CARRY EVERY GAME
Some games are just not yours to carry. The Hanabi is already 5 1 6? Well all you gotta do now is protect her and give her kills, buffs whatever she needs. Do your part, but don’t lose to your own ego. Especially junglers suffer from this. If your mage is carrying, just give them the blue buff. It makes them happy and increases your chances too win. Sometimes it even means solo pushing the lane opposite of the lord just so they come kill you and your team can do lord.
8. THERE IS NO WINNING WRONG
If your team is fighting the lord and the enemy is fully commiting to fight them, but you see that you could probably end if you just pushed. Just push. Do you know how many games I won that way?A ton. Your goal is to win the game, not to get the kill, lord, all towers, buffs, it’s to win. Everything else is just a stepping stone on the way.
9. COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Wait, you said your chat is muted? It is, I hate all of you 😀 . Go into your settings and change your quick chat. Quick chat gets translated and ignores chat mute. Here are some of the most important ones you need :
-Enemy Missing! ( call it out man, it helps everybody and helps you to keep track too)
– Beware of Ambush + ping ( this is a life saver, telling people a gank is coming is huge.)
– Gather for teamfight do not solo ( late game you almost always want to group)
– Clear up lanes (people get caught up in getting a low hp enemy, just remind them)
– Wait (Sometimes an ambush is about waiting that 1 second longer to get it just right)
-wait for me + ping (this gives whoever you are ganking the chance to prepare)
– Thank you (Well ,you gotta have manners)
– Well Played [All] ( How else are you gonna show your supperiorty?)
Also always use the pings to signal what you want to do. Nobody can read you mind and sometimes people get caught up in their own things and don’t see you fighting in the jungle. Just ping.
10. MAP AWARENESS IS EVERYTHING
You can show good Mythic players only the map and they could tell you who is using what skill. Learn to recognize patterns and anticipate them. You can pan the map by dragging the area above your skills. You can hear the jungler using skills or see them doing lord. You should always glance at your map, seeing who is going together, which direction are they taking, which lane are they leaving unguarded. Sometimes when I die I just watch the map to watch the fight and don’t even notice. I just know what happens by the movement of the icons. No more chou suprise kicks from behind, no more suprise ganks and no more missing out on kills.
Is this everything you need to know ?Hahahahah, oh you precious child. No. You are gonna get destroyed. But that’s part of it, don’t let it get you down, just focus and play your game.
Over time you are gonna get better, I promise you, keep your chin up.
I will try answering questions you have in the comments.