Yes, it is you Zubon. Or anyone else playing with the dregs of (online) society.
Copy/paste of my comment over at KTR: Getting better not only means you play better, but you play with better players that care more. The higher you go, the less likely you are going to run into someone that cares so little they will afk/leave. This basically applies to everything, not just gaming.
The unfortunate side-effect of being ‘casual’ is you play with other casuals. That works fine for skill levels, as everyone is ‘bad’. It’s not so great for game quality. Casuals have 10 kids, three wives, and close to 100 cats, so it’s not reasonable to expect them to stay focused for an entire 30 minutes. This leads to afk’ing (to feed the kids/wives/cats), disconnecting (kids/wives/cats tripping over the cord), or rage-feeding (the kids/wives/cats are pissing them off).
Listen, they are casuals, and their game time is more precious than yours, so if they want to log in and troll to blow off some steam, it’s their god-given right to do so! It’s just a game!
The more casual your game, the more likely the casuals get in. The more a game caters to casuals, the more likely they are to stick around. At low ELOs, League of Legends is a very casual game, and the numbers reflect this. Only 10% of the player base in season one was above 1300 ELO, and LoL is played by more people than WoW. That’s a lot of people-with-cats.
If you’re in Zubon’s boat, where you would like your games to stay 5v5 for the entire time and not contain a troll/feeder/mouthbreather, you have basically one option; get better. And I’m not talking “start min/maxing your ass off and playing 40+ hours a week” stuff either.
Getting above 1200 ELO can be accomplished by simply understanding a few champs (jungle, tank, AP/AD, support), knowing the basics of the other champs, understanding the basics of the game (when dragon/baron spawns, last hitting, placing wards), and not rolling your face across the keyboard. Honestly, that’s it. 1200+ is not ‘hard’, even by octo-mom standards. You don’t need to play like HotshotGG to get yourself to a level where idiots are rare*.
*Note: This does not help in terms of avoiding ethugs, try-hards, know-it-alls, type. like. this. kids. and anyone else you would safely put in the “social mutant” category. But at least they don’t afk.
Also watch this video about Dominion. It covers the basics and is well done. I’ll also second Colbycheeze that Dominion is indeed great for playing with your ‘bad’ friends, as overall the game is more basic and one ‘feeder’ is not nearly as noticeable. Plus the more friends you play with, the lower the chance of running into a leaver (unless your friend is a casual…)