A fellow redditor contacted me yesterday with a message asking me to play Ranked 3s with his team. I felt very honored. The goal: achieve Gold status in Ranked 3s to acquire the War Hero Janna skin.
Now, there’s been a lot of traffic lately on forums and reddit about elo boosting. I just wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t playing on someone else’s account, I was simply assisting their team.
My next concern was “Is this a viable strategy to reach Gold status?” I had seen Aphromoo do it, I had heard of others doing it, so why not me? How competitive could Ranked 3s be? I decided to try it first-hand and then let you know if it’s something that you can do, or if you should give up now.
I had a couple friends fight for Gold in solo queue. They hated it. There were literally thousands (7% of player base) of other players trying to go for the same goal. I wanted to be able to help these friends, and the thousands of other players out there going for the same goal. To you Silver players out there aspiring for more, this post is for you.
Our team comp was focused around nothing. In Champion Select I actually started messaging friends and asking them if they knew anything that works on Twisted Treeline. The most consistent answer that I ran into was “double bruiser with an AP”. I was actually surprised that no AD carries were mentioned. Our first game showed me why. Mr. “Brasil es #1 hue” himself. Mordekaiser was a force to be reckoned with. He could farm, he could push, he could roam, he could burst. Combined with crowd control from Malphite, Mordekaiser turned into a monster AP carry.
We decided to play Malphite and Yorick every game. We only got Malphite once and played Jarvan IV in every other game. Malphite’s a popular guy in Ranked 3s. He’s safe, dangerous (safe and dangerous? How can this be?!), tanky, mobile; he does a lot for a team. I got to fill the AP role each game, which was quite entertaining. Due to my recent addiction of causing people to hate their lives, I played Teemo. Teemo brings a lot to the table in lane and on a map with constricted walkways, as you can probably imagine. We jumped out and won our first couple of games. In the third ranked game I decided to play some Mordekaiser. We were down in kills, but my friend who was spectating my game said that we were still ahead in gold, thanks to Morde’s ridiculous ability to eat up creeps. Also, combining Yorick’s ultimate and Morde’s ultimate felt like cheating.
We did have some close games, some not so close, but we had a good time. After our five placement matches we were able to see our elo. We had managed to go 5-0 and moved our elo up to 1368. I really thought we would move up quicker than that. However, someone quickly pointed out that Silver started at 1450 elo. This leaves us needing 82 elo in order to reach our golden dream.
After I finished playing with the guys for the night they kept the same team composition and tried for one more game. They lost. Now, our perfect 5-0 rating is a measly 5-1 and we have to win one more game in order to reach our ultimate goal.
Games are going to be played later tonight, probably after 6:00 PM PST. I have a stream and I’m willing to use it if you want to see what to expect if you’re working your way to Gold in Ranked 3s.
In the end, I think it’s very possible to make a Ranked 3s team and get yourself to Gold. You just need a decent team comp and players who can play well together.
I will update this story tomorrow after we see how the games go. Hopefully in five or six short games we’ll have reached our goal. Wish us luck!