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How to climb out of Elo Hell in League of Legends

Those of you who are getting into Ranked, just know that this is probably the most frustrating experience of League of Legends.

Before I tell you how to climb higher, you must have an open mind. It’s not a crime to think highly of yourself, but don’t get to the point where you can’t take criticism. If you think you’re stuck in your elo because of your teammates or whatever the case may be, re-evaluate yourself before it gets any worse.

Now that we established the first step of climbing, let’s move on to the measures you will need to take in order to climb higher.

Step 1 – Mute Your Teammates

I’m starting off with my best step because it is the most underrated tool that most overlook. That tool is the Mute button, and it saves you from tilt.

The majority of people reading this guide are most likely Gold or below. This means that 9 times out of 10, your teammates will not tell you anything useful. They will flame, they will complain, and most importantly, drive you insane.

Teammates are more prone to tilt you than the enemy ever could. Even if they aren’t flaming, they are distracting you from concentrating. I’m telling you right now, you will not make it past Platinum if you don’t mute teammates. Platinum is the most toxic rank, and it’s always been that way.

This doesn’t mean mute pings unless they are spam pinging “Enemy Missing” on you. There are two ways to mute all your teammates:

  • Type in chat /mute all
  • Head into your settings > go into the Interface section > scroll down and disable “Show [Allied] Chat”. (Highly Recommended)

Step 2 – Drop Your Ego

This one is honestly a no-brainer, but most people don’t even know they have ego issues. If you are trying to climb, you shouldn’t go into matches with the mindset that you are better than everyone else.

Not only is this obviously a false claim you’ve forged in your head, but it can be lethal to your gameplay as well. If you are worried about what your teammates are doing instead of focusing on yourself, how are you going to improve?

That’s why the majority of the people who flame stay in low elo. They are too busy typing in all chat about how “bad” their teammate is instead of playing the fucking game. This step leads to the first step, mute your teammates.

Step 3 – Don’t Play To Win, Play To Improve

Every game should be a learning experience, whether you are winning or losing. You shouldn’t be auto-piloting while playing ranked in League of Legends. Instead, you should be focusing on what you could’ve done better.

Did you die in a lane or mess up a gank? Figure out why the situation went wrong, and find a solution. Many high elo players including myself had to suffer many games just to improve.

I didn’t start getting decent at the game until my 3rd year of League because I was auto-piloting in my ranked matches.

I would sit there and complain about how my teammates are at fault while playing jungle, and that got me nowhere. Once I started to play to improve, my gameplay dramatically improved.

Step 4 – Don’t Be Harsh on Yourself

This is a minor step, but some players do struggle with this. If you lose a matchup or fail in a game, don’t beat yourself up. Yes, you can be slightly unhappy when you do fail, and that’s normal.

Don’t start crying and calling yourself “idiot” 3x in a corner, it’s not that serious. Some of the players I did coach did this a lot, and it was hard to break them out of that mindset. You aren’t going to learn if you are constantly belittling yourself after one tiny mistake.

Step 5 – Don’t Tilt

I couldn’t preach this step enough, and even I struggle with this one myself. Learning isn’t easy when it comes to League of Legends, and it could become very frustrating.

Making a mistake in League can end up costing you the entire game in most situations. That’s why most higher elo players start saying “this game is over” once their laner gets one kill on them.

It isn’t just the enemies that can tilt you, it can and is most likely stemmed from your teammates. Being that League is a team-based game, poor teamwork will make you unhappy no matter who you are.

When a situation is frustrating, I stop and think about how a pro player would handle losing. If you look at most popular high elo streamers, they don’t get tilted easily. They are mentally strong usually and it takes a lot for them to get truly mad.

Tilt is not easy to overcome, but it is a problem you will have to overcome if you ever want to escape elo hell. Whenever you are feeling angry or upset, just calm down and try to regain focus. Not only does this improve your gameplay, but it also improves mental health to an extent.

In Conclusion

Good job, you’ve made it to the end without clicking off to watch a Pro Guides video instead. What I want to you to take away from this guide, is a mindset to help you grow in League of Legends.

This is not an easy process, and most of the players telling you it’s easy are the same players who drop over 6000 games into League of Legends. Don’t expect to improve immediately because you’ve read 5 steps from a Diamond 4 player on Digagami.

Some of you may learn differently, while others may find these steps helping them out tremendously. I made this guide with the intention to help you understand climbing in League of Legends easier.

If you are a high elo player yourself, I don’t expect this to help you, but I think it would be awesome if it did. I’m still learning League of Legends as we speak, and I will never stop learning until this game is no more.

Thanks for reading this guide, and I hope this helps you climb now or in the future! I know I missed tons of minor steps, but I wanted to point out the main ones that most might now think about. Comment below if you have some tips yourself, we always appreciate our community.

Johnny Django
Co-founder of Digagami. Johnny Django is a gaming enthusiast with raw-unfiltered opinions who has a major love for the Video Game Community.

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