A little off topic from Irelia and getting a bit to the whole meaning of the clickbait title of this guide.
When I started playing League of Legends, I got myself to Silver 2 after my placement games. Then later on I dropped down to about Silver 4 and started alternating between Silver 4 - 1. I played the whole season trying really hard to get to Gold but ended up being Silver 1, Promo games: 2 wins and SHAZAM, season ended. I was a very sad person that day and angry with myself knowing I played for so long and still remained in the same elo where I started. So I thought a little bit about that and decided to put my tryhard pants on for the next season. Just like that, I managed to reach Diamond several months before it ended. Then I stopped playing and dropped to plat due to inactivity (So no Diamond frame for me) BUT I WAS THERE! I DID!
My current peak is Diamond 3 because I don't have much time to play anymore, but the least I can do is tell you what I did when I did!
So if you are like me. Determined to do anything it takes to get that Diamond. Here are a few things you need to realize. They might be difficult to accept but the moment you do, everything will get easier:
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET TO DIAMOND:
1. You are bad
Yes, you are. Don't... no.. I know.. I KNOW. You are bad. Accept the fact. The reason why you're bronze/silver and not gold is not because your team mates constantly feed. Not because you have trolls on your team. It is because YOU do not deserve to be gold. It's time to stop blaming everyone else and instead focus on yourself. Think of it this way: There are plenty of challengers who do "Unranked to Diamond series" or "Climbing from bronze". And they win 80-90% even (100%) of the games. These guys will have the very same teammates like you. The only difference is, they know how to win those games even with bad people. YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. You will never change the way your teammates play. But you can change the way you play. Learn how to carry bad teams. Unless you go 10-0 in lane, you have no right to blame the loss on your team. And even if you do 10-0 and still lose, don't blame your team. There is still space for improvement, think of what you could've done better.
I see this SO MUCH in low elo. Say you're playing ADC, you push under the enemy tower and your support does not ward. You get ganked by the enemy jungler and you die. What do you do? Of course blame the support! NO! Wrong! That's what a bad player would do. A good player would not even be under the enemy turret without a ward. They would NICELY ask the support if they could ward. If they don't happen to have a ward, you back off. You MOVE AWAY from the dangerous situation and try to farm from safe distance.
Same things happen all the time with other lanes "Oh, the enemy jungler ganked me 3 times, my jungler didn't gank once for! Boosted jungler noob report, you suck." <- This is what a bad player would say. A good player again, learns to stay safe, learns how to play 2v1 against the laner AND jungler.
Some games you play top, stay in lane, get ganked constantly, the enemy midlaner roams / teleports to your lane and no one from your team helps you. This is not their fault. YOU shut your mouth, swallow your pride and learn. LEARN how to win even when no one helps you and the enemy team has set up tents in your lane.
2. Attitude is everything
It hurts me on a spiritual level what I see in some games. People give up so damn easily. Sometimes your team gives first blood. The enemy goes 1-0 and they afk. They start crying, saying games are unwinnable. Remember this, my friends. EVERY GAME IS WINNABLE. Every single one. I have been playing this game for 3 years and I have not once pressed 'Yes' on that surrender vote (Yes, I'm one of those). Never ever do that. I have won games that looked far worse, we were 10-40. 15 minutes in our inhibitor destroyed while the enemy still had all turrets. But we kept our cool, stayed together and thought as a team. These games become even easier to win than when you're about even because the enemy gets so cocky and they start playing really badly. The only thing holding players back is their attitude in those situations.
Sometimes games go really bad for you. You are in lane, go 0-9 and the whole world seems to be against you. But try to think of it this way: "Is it really this bad? Maybe my other team mates are doing well. Maybe we can still win. " Stay positive and you will win a lot more!
AND REMEMBER: If you can, try to keep the team spirit up. Say stupid jokes when things go bad. Whenever someone does something well, you say "Good job". Whenever someone does something wrong you shut your filthy mouth and desalinate yourself. YOU DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THAT POOR PERSON. If you do, they will tilt even more and play a lot worse. Sometimes a single sentence said in team chat can lose the game for you. Be very careful with what you type and if you get annoyed with what everyone else is saying, just mute. Just. MUTE. It's the best thing in this game, the mute button. Use it and use it a lot. I rarely go a game where I wouldn't mute at least one or two people. Do it. In lower elo I suggest using the '/mute all' command. It increases your win chances by at least 150%, trust me, I know my percentages.
3. Play to learn, not to win
Loosen up, take it easy. People are always so tense, especially when they are in promos or whatever. If you try super hard to win, you won't. Your main goal should be to learn, not to win. If you lose a game, that does not mean you failed. If you learn nothing from it, that is when you failed. Keep this in mind when you're playing. I remember when I finally got to Gold. I was super happy and then I played more for fun and to improve rather than to "try to get to play". I didn't care much about that at all.. I suddenly found myself zooming through gold in a matter of weeks and shazam Platinum. I was like wha? Did I just get plat? Damn son, maybe I really am good at this game.
THIS was the point when everything started going downhill. I realized I was good and I thought to myself: "Hey, maybe I can get to diamond". So I started tryharding and playing to win again. I would get angry if I lost promos and I just kept losing and losing. So I decided to stop and think what I'm doing wrong. I realized that I'm just too full of myself and forgot point 1 in this section. I AM BAD. I also stopped trying to win. I try to learn. At this stage I don't even realize when my promo game are. I just play them like regular games. Try and do the same, it will save you from a lot of unnecessary stress.
Every time you die or lose a game. Try and think about: "Where did I go wrong? What could I have done better? Maybe I should've warded more. Maybe it was a bad idea to jump into 3 enemies. Maybe I should have looked at the map a bit more. Maybe I need to improve my farming. Maybe I just got outplayed and need to improve my mechanics..." Even when you go 10-0 and lose because "your team fed a lot", try to think how you could've maybe helped them. You possibly should have roamed more, or you missed a good TP opportunity that you didn't realize. Try and think about this every time something goes wrong instead of blaming your team. It never does you any good to blame.
And finally. Remember that you won't learn everything over night. These things take time. Just because I got from silver to diamond in a season, it does not mean I was not playing a lot. I WAS. A ton. Be patient...