I've been playing on and off lately. Recently got Malphite, Rammus and Amumu jungle properly working and also Malphite solo lane. I'm still stuck hovering around 1500 but that's because I've been trying new characters lately more than anything. Also, since a bunch of friends are stuck with this too, I thought I'd post this here... Tips to get from 1200-1500+ AP carries are best, Kassadin, Malzahar, LeBlanc, Veigar perhaps. This means your can just take someone out 1v1 most of the time. Assume your team won't teamfight, and focus on pushing, but don't overextend and play safe, Flash/Ghost is a good combination, perhaps teleport if you feel it would work. However, keep an eye on your team and if they want to teamfight, then stick with them, wait for the tank to go in, if the enemy start attacking then go in. All too often I see a tank go in and then the carry straight in after, but the enemy are just actually sitting around the tank not doing anything, waiting for you. If you can't play carries, or there is a competent carry on your team, play support. There's nothing like a good support character. Janna, Soraka, Zilean, Sona, Kayle, Nidalee. You can solo with Nidalee and you can jungle with Soraka and Kayle (But practice a lot, they are hard to jungle with). They aren't particularly fast, but they are extremely effective gankers, since Soraka means you can towerdive at level 3 and Kayle's damage is beyond ridiculous. You can properly babysit someone in lane, let them get most, if not all of the last hits, and you can sit there and heal, shield, etc. whilst they harass and get kills (Unless you are Zilean then do the harass yourself). If you are stuck at 1200, or below, learn to play tanks. You can 1v5 a team as a tank, all you need is your team to follow you. Malphite, Shen, Amumu, Mordekaiser and Rammus especially. Rammus and Amumu are junglers, the other 3 are solo but if you have to you can jungle with them. You can jungle with Shen without any masteries or runes too it's just a little slower. If you can learn to pick those times when your team is in a good position, and you can initiate, do it. If you are one of those tanks who goes in, takes a bit of damage and runs, you are bad. You must learn that, even if you are on 4hp, taunting the enemy carry and killing him whilst you also die is better than not getting killed and not killing him. If you die, it doesn't matter. I've won games playing perfectly, going 0/6/11 because I sacrifice myself for 2, 3 or 4 kills which allowed us to win. Ideally, you should be able to play every champion perfectly, but this is not always the case. I recommend you learn 2 of each role. So a couple of carries, maybe Kassadin and Malzahar, 2 tanks, doesn't really matter, 2 support characters and a couple of AD sidelane carries, Ashe and Miss Fortune are a good start. Build upon this and you shouldn't have too much trouble breaking the higher ELO.