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Requesting advice for a new Storm League player

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My roommate and I have been enjoying HotS on and off for a few years now. I recently started getting really into it, and I try to play almost every day.

I don't think AI Elite gives the same experience as playing against other people. The computer can be predictable and can also do some weird interactions a normal player almost never would. For example, if you zone an AI with Junkrat's concussion mine, they treat it like an uncrossable field that they HAVE to get across; it's weird and unrealistic to see them stutter step its border.

I don't mind losing, but when I get a Quick Match game and the opposing team's comp and teamwork feels so professional that they stomp my group of randoms with ruthless efficiency, it feels so frustrating because it's like I never had a chance. I don't give up, I try my hardest, I want to learn from my experiences, but sometimes in those types of games my heart is just dying for them to mercy kill us and end it.

My roommate and I decided to try Storm League. Playing with people closer to our skill level sounds perfect. I also love the draft concept. If there's an issue with team comp, I share some responsibility and my team has a chance to do something about it. We took our placements together, and I started off at Silver 4. On the other hand, my roommate was awarded Gold 3.

I didn't understand why he ranked higher than me since the two of us played in the exact same three games. After doing some research, I believe his placement has something to do with the fact that he did some ranked games back in 2016 (before it was even called Storm League). Long ago, the group of friends he played with had a really good play caller, telling the team where to go or what to do. My roommate otherwise hasn't played ranked since then.

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Flash forward to now, and because he's a gold ranked player, we go up against other gold and high silver players. I tried doing some ranked games on my own, thinking I could try to climb up to where he is, but suffice it to say, low silver is where I belong.

I can't get to where his rank is, and neither of us feel it's fair to other players for him to intentionally lose games to drop in rank. However, as long as he's a gold player, the players we get matched with are undeniably more skilled, and I feel bad because I'm afraid our lower abilities are a handicap to our teammates.

For what it's worth, I am trying to improve my game. I read guides on the heroes I want to play. I started watching the CCL games. I try to play AI when my kids are sleeping to play around with different talents. I learned Quick Match is still a good place if I just want to get more experience playing certain heroes against other players without having to worry about bans. However, when my roommate and I queue ranked together, it feels like all my efforts aren't enough.

My roommate is the person that introduced me to HotS during the big 2.0 update. I love this game so much, and I enjoy playing with my roommate. I want to know what I can do about our Storm League situation. Is the answer to simply "get good" by bashing my head against the wall through trial and error? I don't know, but I hope not.

TL;DR: My roommate and I started playing Storm League, but he placed higher than me. He's currently Gold 4 and I'm Bronze 1. The other players make us feel like we're playing well above the tier we belong.

I apologise for the hefty wall of text, but I need help. What can I do?

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