@gaspower: Haha, if someone said "Get Bopped, Son" I wouldn't have written this post.
@flacracker: Yeah, definitely don't think I'm hot shit, haha. I think I said that I'm not very good. If I suggested I'm great at DOTA, then that was my mistake. I guess I'm just saying that I don't think that 3K MMR is where I should be, given what other 3K MMR people have been doing. A good example is actually that I don't feel as though I can play as a carry, because most of the time that means we never have a support, never have wards or a courier.
@rowr: Thanks duder, this is great advice. I've been trying, for sure, but I think I could be better about supporting the hard carry. I was watching some Purge videos, and he played this crazy, roaming support alchemist that seemed to wreak havoc on the other team. I might try that kind of thing too.
Maybe a slightly off-topic but related question; what's the appeal/benefit of playing ranked? I have yet to give it a try, not because I fear words on a screen but more because I am not really seeing the point.
Honestly, I started playing ranked because I thought that once I got to a high enough MMR, that I would be playing with people that mostly knew what they were doing. I didn't realize that solo ranked is where a lot more of the toxic community resides. And, yeah, I like the other meter too ;-)
Roaming support can work, but if it doesn't pan out it can backfire if you don't find the ganks because you don't get the levels and money you would in lane. It really depends on the teams composition, if you have someone who is a good offlaner and can be left to solo lane, or a lineup that requires a single farmed carry (like a spectre or am) then you can trilane/roam more effectively. Generally you will want someone with a good stun, like a venge, sk or tusk. Just being off the mini map can help your lanes out for the fact every one has to worry in their lanes that you could suddenly pop up, especially if you manage a few successful ganks early.
Also to answer the other question, i've found ranked to be much better in general as far as toxicity and especially abandons because people care a lot more about winning. Thats probably where a lot of the toxicity also comes from though as people hate to lose and will generally pick others to blame when it goes down hill. People are likely to get upset about smaller parts of the game also because they care more, where as unranked is just whatever.