A little background on myself:
Been playing dota since 2008, with intermittent 6-9 month breaks at least 3 times.
I was calibrated at 4700 in December 2013, dropped to 4300 at least twice, and after suppressing my ego I finally made it through the trenchiest bracket of all (mid/upper 4k).
At the moment I'm playing on a smurf with 5100 MMR.
My plan is to play 3-5 solo ranked games per week. I might step it up and play more if time permits, but definitely no more than 2 solo games per day. I tend to play on a tilt after 3 games and then have the urge to "grind back" the lost points, resulting in hair-tearing, rage-inducing moments.
I have 2 ideas for making this endeavor a bit more interesting:
1) Find 2-3 other players around 5k who are interested in playing to 5.5k. Perhaps share our experiences and discuss viable strategies/interesting/aneurysm inducing moments.
2) Play on the smurf until I get to 5400, then switch back to my main. I would like to "test the waters," so to speak, in order to make sure I can advance with a reasonable win rate (60%+) and not be stuck in this bracket, making the same mistakes over and over.
I will recruit into some kind souls to provide incentive.