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League of Legends - How To Get Out Of Elo Hell (Low Elo)

Updated on April 2, 2015

Tips & Tricks To Get Out Of Elo Hell

Stuck in Elo Hell? Addicted to League of Legends and looking to get out of Elo Hell (low Elo)? This page details some simple tips, tricks and strategies that you can use to get out of Elo Hell.

I have personally escaped what is considered 'Elo Hell' in every League of Legends season that I have participated in. I created this page in the hope that it will help others to escape Elo Hell.

As of Season 3 League of Legends ELO is now hidden and has been renamed to your MMR (Matchmaking Raking), as such this guide will help you advance through the League of Legends tiers and divisions.

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The League of Legends Tier System

In Season 3 League of Legends introduced a new tier system. This tier system changes the way that ranked game rankings work. Instead of an ELO rating players now have a hidden ELO rating (known as a matchmaking ranking (MMR)).

These changes have been generally well received by the community and improved the quality of the ranked experience.

The word ELO is still used within this guide but all these tips and tricks apply to increasing your League of Legends tier rank.

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Play Ranked Games Often

A Simple Tip To Get Out Of Elo Hell

The first step to escaping Elo Hell is to play ranked games as often as possible, this is important for two reasons.

The first reason is that you slowly get better at League of Legends and get vital practice at its key game mechanics (last hitting, counter picking, banning etc). You can also play Normal Draft Mode to practice these skills without risk to your Elo. The second and quite possibly the most important reason to play many ranked games is variance.

By playing a large number of ranked games you increase your overall sample size of games, allowing you to reduce the impact that variance plays on your Elo rating. Everybody will go through losing streaks and games with feeders and leavers, but mathematically over time if you are a better player and deserve a higher Elo you will achieve it over time.

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Know Your Mechanics

Know The Game To Get Out Of Elo Hell

Some simple adjustments to your own game can also go along way to escaping low Elo. By making sure you've got all the basic mechanics of League of Legends under your belt you can ensure that your gameplay is up to scratch.

Last-hitting: One of the most basic game mechanics, learning how to last hit a large majority of minions, while also harassing your lane opponent takes practice. If you can constantly out farm your direct lane opponent it is a great start to winning the game.

Positioning: Your positioning is always important to consider, especially in a team fight scenario. If you are playing the AD carry and are unable to position yourself safely so that you don't die at the start of the fight your team will lack significant damage output. Similarly if you are playing an AP champion and do not position yourself correctly to burst down the enemies priority targets your team may lose the team fight.

Map Awareness: Another simple but vital League of Legends game mechanic. You should always be aware of the positions of other champions on the map (both allies and enemies). The most obvious example of map awareness is noticing that there are no enemy champions on the mini-map, they may be doing Dragon or Baron Nashor, so its definitely not the time to push that middle tower. Warding is also an important part of map awareness, Wards provide great map vision and are great at protecting you from ganks and protecting important objectives (Dragon and Baron).

Knowing your mechanics also includes building effective rune and mastery pages, if you are unsure about the best rune and mastery combinations check out these two links:

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Know Your Role (And Everyone Elses)

Know What To Expect To Get Out Of Elo Hell

You have to be a flexible player in 5v5 Solo Queue, it is important that you understand every role (AD, AP, Support, Jungler, Tank, Solo Top), it is useless to be only good at playing AP mid, you may not always get to play this role and when you don't your basically guaranteeing a loss for your team. By also understanding the different champion roles you will be able to make sense of your ally (and enemy) decisions.

If you feel that you are deserving of a higher Elo (as you are a better player) then you should aim to play either AP mid or a Jungler every game. This is because these two roles have the ability to have a global influence on the game and support the other lanes due to their ability to be more mobile.

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Win Your Lane

Imrpove Your Chances Of Getting Out Of Elo Hell

This one should come as no surprise, but it definitely needs to be included on this page.

Winning your lane can go a long way to winning your team the game. Not only does it give you a lead over the enemy team it may also lead to the enemy getting angry at each other, reducing their teamwork and communication. The most important part of winning your lane comes during and after the laning phase, when you use the advantage you have gained to help your team mates. You should be looking to gank other lanes, especially lanes where your allies are doing poorly.

Counter picking can go a long way to helping you win your lane. Counter picking involves picking a champion that does well against your opponents pick. For example the enemy may have picked Kassadin, you wanted to play Annie but know that you can't beat Kassadin, so instead you can counterpick Kassadin with Morgana. Giving you an edge in the laning phase. To learn more about counter picking see these two websites: LoL Counters and LoL Counter-Picks.

If you are looking to escape 'Elo Hell' winning your lane is a great place to start, by winning your lane your chances of winning instantly skyrocket.

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Champions To Get Out Of Elo Hell

While there are many viable champions in League of Legends there are a few stand out choices that perform particularly well in Elo Hell.

Champions that perform well in Elo Hell and Solo Queue in particular all have some sort of strong crowd control, especially area of effect crowd control (Annie, Amumu or Galio). Good Elo Hell champions also have the ability to carry a team with their damage output (Vayne, Tyrndamere or Gangplank).

If you are interested in finding out which champions will help you escape Elo Hell, definitely check out Reign of Gaming, which includes:

Elementz Solo Queue Tier List

Elementz Draft Pick Tier List

Stonewall008's Jungle Tier List

3v3 Tier List

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Communicate and Lead Your Team

Communication Helps You Escape Elo Hell

League of Legends is a team game and as such communication is a key aspect. It is extremely important that you always communicate with your team. Not only during the game but also in champion select. Ask your team mates who they want to play, while also discussing what the team needs and what possible counter picks your team can pick against the enemy team.

During the game it is important to use pings to co-ordinate your team and let them know when to retreat, there is no need to ping excessively though, one or two will do.

Leadership is another aspect of communication that is needed in League of Legends. If you believe you are a better player than the Elo you are in, you need to use your knowledge and better game judgement to lead your team to victory. Direct your team when to go for important objectives such as Dragon, Baron Nashor or when to push an enemy tower. Encourage your team when your doing well or direct them as to what isn't being done correctly (such as targeting the correct enemy).

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Keep The Rage To A Minimum

Rage Does Not Help You Get Out Of Elo Hell

Rage has cost me many League of Legend games and it was only when I got it under control did I quickly jump up the Elo ratings. Rage makes you play worse and reduces your teams communication, lowering your chances of winning.

The best method I found to combat rage was simply to stop playing League of Legends after losing a ranked game and take a 30minute break. Also taking small breaks in between queuing can help you focus and avoid queuing with the same people.

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Duo Queue

Friends Can Help You Get Out Of Elo Hell

Duo queuing is another great method to escape Elo Hell. By duo queuing you add another reliable player to your team, reducing the chances of having a bad player that feeds or leaves (or both).

Your best option is to duo queue with a real-life friend who has similar League of Legends abilities or you can add people after you play ranked games with them (if they were a good player).

As a general rule you should avoid duo queuing with people who are higher or lower than your Elo by 100 as this creates some matchmaking hiccups.

What's Your Opinion On The League of Legends Ranked System? - Do You Have Some Tips To Get Out Of Elo Hell?

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      annonymous 2 years ago

      in my opinion elo hell starts at the end of the season when every one is at there true level and

      1. that's where you stand, and you need tons of praktice to get better

      2. you start playing ranked mid to late in the season when all the others in the lower brackets are frustrated because of reason 1.

      Its hard to start from bronze or silver even if you were platinum or diamond and you start playing ranked at the end of the season (like me ... i'v quit playing ranked for about a year and a half and started again) to carry a game with a support(cuz every one instalocks and you're last pick) or a mundo top (cuz cuz your teem comp is squishy and you don't have a frontline.) Usually you want to not get frustrated try to pick champs that can carry and direct your team to pick champ with lots of utility aka lulu that is still useful when she falls behind.

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      YagamiLight1 3 years ago

      To carry a team in low ELO, any champion that is not a support will do. Honestly, just pick a champion you enjoy playing and play well each game. I have seen great Urgot players carry Bronze/Silver teams.

      For Runes, only ever buy tier 3 runes (duh). Get a full rune page for ADC (AD marks, Armor seals, MR or scaling MR glyphs, and AD quints). And get a full rune page for AP (Magic pen marks, armor seals, AP or MR glyphs, and Flat AP quints). That's all you need to start with, check guides on the champ you play for the right masteries. You only have 2 Rune pages to start with anyway.

      Like this guide said, Mechanics are key. Bronze and Silver are all about mechanics. Learn them and you will get out of these Leagues, ignore them ad you will be in Bronze/Silver 5 forever.

      Don't keep raging to a minimal: never rage at all. Raging does nothing good for you or your team. It is a fact of LOL that you will get trolls on your team. How do you deal with them?

      -Never rage at them (most trolls only troll to make people rage, if no one rages they often just stop)

      -Do not Report them or tell the other team to report them (WHAT???). Why not? Because there is a good chance they will be on the enemy team next game, which is where you want them. They will proceed to make the enemy team lose and then you will get a free win (so it all evens out).

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      Janet_Mary 3 years ago

      How to get bronze runes ? Actually I have yet to play with a Darius and cassiopeia player that has not been toxic in some way. Even on the opposing team. For example, I killed him top as Vlad once and then his team said that he rage quitted. Something about him must make people angry. If you check their counters at elohell.net you will get details.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Overall I liked the guide, it gives some good information but there is a small snatch to this I'd add and that is to pick a champion for each role and learn them the best you can. to play a number of normals/bot games and become comfortable with each lane but more than knowing it you have to experience a game as it. from personal experience I KNOW how to play alistar but I also know he is a very aggressive and front line champion that does not blend well with an unaggressive ranged. I'd say you should add in a know the meta game section, if someone picks caitlyn they may not necessarily be an alistar combo of legend because she is a champion with immense range and some of the better escape mechanics. so a caitlyn pick might be played extremely passive with little to no risk to that player in the laning phase but bring you misery as an aggressive support because when you do go for that killer W --> Q combo you'll end up with your dick on the chopping block only. DON'T JUST PLAY YOUR FAVORITES, try them all, use free week to the best advantage and know how a champion can be played. Knowing the role is not enough, knowing the champion itself is key, if you combine a shorter range aggressive graves/draven you could quickly find a combo that is not only bold but tough to escape. I find the greatest downfall of people is actually understanding the role without considering the champion filling it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      GJ, I'll try ur tips, I let u know if it worked, cya in Diamond ;)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Loving this info. Thanks :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: youve played 1000 games and only won 90? damn....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thing is you will go up in Elo if you're vastly better than the players you play against. Otherwise, you're at the peak of your ingame ability, and are in the appropriate elo your skill matches.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i know that feeling dude

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Try duo queue, 2 good players can carry a game

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Elo hell exists and im right there, you can't win a game by yourself, you can't go up the ladder. If u had a bad streak and u lost ur elo its very f-ing hard to get back up and i played over 1000 games total so i can play all lanes very good with over 20 champs but i don't know im on the same ladder with ppl that won 4-10 games and i won over 90 games.Im trying my best, tried all aproaches talk nice to ppl ,flamed them, left my lane to help other nothing works, its just simply elo hell and im falling deeper and deeper. And don't let me hear you this is the Elo i deserve because its not and if you say that ur just a lucky punk that shouldn't deserve to be on the elo he is now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      add me im 900 elo tdo2k

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      Sam 4 years ago from Australia

      @PunkyMedic LM: You are welcome to post my answer on your lens.

      For team comps (if we are talking solo queue here) the best team comps always have lots of crowd control and area of effect damage. Good players should also always consider playing a champion that can carry a team with farm/kills behind them.

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      PunkyMedic LM 4 years ago

      @PunkyMedic LM: I'd like to have a ranked team, but I don't know enough about other characters to comfortably play in a ranked match. What is the best team comp you've run into during ranked? If it's ok, I'd like to post your answer on my lens.

      https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/leagueoflegends

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      PunkyMedic LM 4 years ago

      This is great information! My user is gamergurly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is deffinatly an elo hell. People don't understand propper team compositions, and don't understand the order to pick your champions. For example, never pick ap mid first, as you will get counter picked. Also, champions with only 1v1 potential can be deemed useless. However, champions like twisted fate (my main) have almost global ganking potential. He can not only coutner gank, but initiate 4 man ganks with your jungler. Also, junglers need to gank well and often. Nothing devistates a team more than having the enemy adc not afraid to fight you for cs because he knows his jungler is right around the corner. Same with top lane, if you have a good jungler let the lane push to your tower. This leavs the enemy top lane with two choices, either one- don't risk getting ganked (waste money on wards) or two- risk the gnak and cs anyway. Some people just don't get cs and buy gp10 buy i don't view that as an option. CC is a must. Championhs like alistar, Malphite (fucking hate him), Orianna, and galio are very good for this. Morgana OP. There is an elo hell, but it isn't because of trolls. I have played over 1400 ranked games and only seena few legitemate trolls. People that don't know how to counter pick, or say 'mid or feed' don't belong in ranked, If you have someone that says'mid or feed' Q dodge. Its well worth the hour wait. My solution-- Duo Q.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In my opinion, when u have a leaver in your Team, who is officially disconnected till the end of the game...the team shouldn´t loose elo but the leaver should loose double of the normal lost!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @RandyVincent: That's a big put down,, what's your elo again? I say that,because people who trash talk lose 13% more games than usual.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Don't troll, try to play well and have patience...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is no elo hell there will always be leavers and afkers in the game and in all levels of play, real life is just more important and stuff happens. for those who think they deserve higher elo then play better, many of my friends who are stuck at 1200 think they deserve to be higher, but the way i see them play it just isnt happening.

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