How to Improve your ELO? Whether you are playing League of Legends, DOTA 2, Starcraft 2, World of Tanks, or another MOBA, there is a clear cut way to improve your standing on the ladders. It all begins with wanting to get better, and not attempting to cheese. I know that in some cases a cheese seems easier, but if the only way you can actually win, is to do the same thing over and over, its not really a win - and especially not when someone knows how to counter your attacks.
How to Improve your ELO
So lets begin with some basics on how to Improve your ELO. The first and most important part is wanting to change. Like I said, it's easy to get into some clear habits which you will always fall into. So to start, you need to be willing to break those habits. Once you do that, you're on your way to improving your gameplay.
Once you decide that you want to change, and you want to get better, next comes the second most important part. Watching your replays. Most PVP games these days have ways for which you can watch what you did in the game. For those which don't, you can record your games, and put them up on youtube, in a private channel (so you can see your progress).
It's easy when you watch your replays, to see the mistakes of others, and mistakes do happen. But instead of blaming your team mates, blame yourself and figure out how you can improve. So start with playing on your main character or preferred tank, champion, or race - depending on the game you play. Now watch your replays, but don't focus on others, focus on what you did, why you did it, and how you might have been able to better perform. Even if it's simple, it's important to figure out what lead you to make the choice where you failed. But don't just focus on failures, look at the wins, look at what you did right as well.
If you have problems seeing where you made mistakes, then ask a friend to help. You can do the same for them, and then in turn help your friends improve as well. Keep in mind to show where they did good as well as bad. If you only focus on the bad, then the critique may seem mean spirited. When helping others ask them why they did something, and then make suggestions - laughing is off limits - the goal is to help you and the friend improve.
If you don't have a friend, and you can't really spot your own mistakes, it's a good idea to watch the pros. There are tons of experts for whichever game you are playing. Watch to see what they do, and why they do it. Use this information and apply it to your own situation when you can. If they have a channel where you can reply, ask in the comments why they did something (at x time mark), so that you can understand and possibly apply to your own situation.
Once you have an idea of what you did right, and what you did wrong, it's time to practice. You will need to spend a lot of time drilling the situations over and over. You need to make the situation become a "muscle memory" something you will do automatically, whenever the same situation arise again. It may seem like overkill to spend 3-4 hours doing some simple things, but you will learn from experience.
As you progress and get better, it will be harder for you to spot mistakes. This is where it's even more important to watch pro's replays. But don't watch the streams. Sometimes in streams they will try something different, possibly even stupid. But watching the live play you will see these stupid things and not be able to see that what they are doing is stupid. Streams are often up for entertainment, not really to be used as a guide, 90% of the time, a stream isn't going to help you.
The last thing you need to know, on how to improve your ELO - or ladder ranking, is sacrifice. Be willing to sacrifice time, money, and in-game currencies. In LOL, we would sacrifice LP to learn a champion. If you lose a bunch time, money, or in-game currency - it's not a loss you can't make up. As long as you learn and become a better player, the sacrifice is well worth the loss.
Good luck, and please do share your stories on your own improvement. What worked for you, how this guide was helpful to you, or just share some stories on your progress.
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