I went from bronze 5 to gold I believe. I jogged up a couple of tiers in gold and got stuck at gold 1 for a while. I wasn't nearly as good a jouster as I am now but I was eh... I learned how to head on take someone on. I learned how to outplay someone but not to control the map. I took almost as long in plat and learned so much more. Buff rotations, camp contesting, lane pressure, back-dooring (stronger than you'd think), and even adding more to basic dueling.
I was content with the plat border I get from the season 1 rewards until I started watching more streamers, youtubers, and just making sense of what's happening while they're in the jungle. I started winning a lot more, got all the way from plat 4 to plat 2. And then I'm like, I'm defi…
I never hoped to get to diamond thinking I was MLG when I was at gold 1. How did I start liking 1v1's? Back when it was a casual gamemode, I loved it! Not to mention some youtubers that I aspired to be like. (some even getting an 100 - 0 record!)