Dec 4, 2016

Top 10 Tips for Ranked Placement Matches

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As the official ranked season kicks off, Riot's tossing us all back into the placement match melee to fend for ourselves in a ten game series. These games can absolutely make or break your season and if you place poorly it may take you quite a few games to reclaim your former division.

How can we ensure that we don't fall prey to the dreaded Elo Hell? Check out our top 10 tips below!

Introduction

As the official ranked season kicks off, Riot's tossing us all back into the placement match melee to fend for ourselves in a ten game series. These games can absolutely make or break your season and if you place poorly it may take you quite a few games to reclaim your former division. 

How can we ensure that we don't fall prey to the dreaded Elo Hell? Check out our top 10 tips below!

1. Duo With Rivals

I know, you'd rather lose than acknowledge Goku's power, but he's pretty darn good.

When a new Season begins, working together with a rival early on can ensure that you both have a competitive start. If anything, at least you will have someone on your team that you know isn't completely incompetent. 

After placement matches, the two of you can break apart for the ranked grind to the top, Vegeta-Goku style.

2. Play Offensive Champions in Lower Divisions

Winning 55% of the time is sufficient to reach Challenger. However, it will be a slow grind. Early on in placement matches, you do not want to play defensive champions that win just a little more than others.

Instead, if you are playing against people in lower divisions, you want to play your most offensive champion possible to snowball and quickly dominate for a 10-0 series.

3. Play Defensive Champions in Higher Divisions

On the flip side, constantly playing offensive champions into higher divisions will eventually lead to getting stomped by players better than you once you exceed your "true division". At this point, you may want to switch to more defensive champions to continue your grind.

A quick way to figure out if you will be playing people much higher or lower than you is to simply look up your own teammates. This will give you a relative indication of what MMR the game will be at.

4. Have Low Expectations From Teammates

It's a matter of fact that more people exist at lower divisions than higher divisions. This means that when placement matches start, you may very well be the best person on your team. Unfortunately, this leads to the rest of your team being worse than you, sometimes considerably worse.

In order to climb the ladder, you have to win the game despite the massive handicaps. As a result, enter each game with the mindset that you'll probably do the best on your team, and if anybody does better, then it's simply a welcome surprise.

5. Don't Tilt

"Tilting" means playing differently from how you usually do after losing some games. Even though you lost a few games because your jungle was bad, that doesn't mean you should switch to jungle if you're a mid main.

Make sure you stick to what you are best at doing and don't let a few losses change how you play. Check out this article for more information on tilt, and how to tell if you're about to spiral downwards.

6. Trolls Are Always Right

Have you ever gotten a jungle that insists on taking every blue buff or goes berserk when you take any CS they think is rightfully theirs? Have they threatened to AFK? Well whatever, just agree with them, at least in your placement matches. Your ten wins are more important than any small morale victories.

Normally, raging at them after the game is over in post-game lobby would be fine. However, you then run the chance of getting them in your next game as well. Instead, just keep focusing on your own game and keep #4 in mind.

7. Use Smart Pings

Make sure you use plenty of pings to let your teammates know what's going on. Sometimes, people don't pay attention to chat, or type to respond at bad times. This leads to unnecessary deaths. Instead, make sure to make full use of Riot's tools and use the "Missing" and "Danger" pings the way they were meant to be used.

8. There's Always Room for Improvement

Trying to change the way your teammates play in a single game is counterproductive. If you're playing with low divisions players for a game, there's no point trying to teach them to input buffer or block dash spells in 20 minutes. It simply won't happen, no matter what your expectations are (remember #4).

Focus on your own game and try and improve as much as possible. Some games are unwinnable, but even Faker is continuously improving.

9. Avoid High-Risk Plays

If you're winning, avoid high-risk plays that give away your advantage. If you're losing, avoid high-risk plays that dig you deeper into the hole.

Fight the 3v1s, push the lanes where no enemies are, and always ward for threats.

10. Make a Pregame Checklist

Lastly, before each game make sure that everything is in order. Your computer connection should be in good shape, you should be in good shape, and you should have a mental mindset ready to win.

Check out this article for the Top 10 Pre-ranked Routines for maximizing your chances of winning!

Conclusions

Overall, ranked placement matches can be extremely stressful. However, with the tips above, hopefully you can maximize your win percentage and start the season off strong.

Got more tips for placement matches? Liked some of the tips above? Comment below and share with a friend if you found this useful!




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