I started off doing pretty good in solo queue this season, but lately I've been getting pooped on by my team. I think it's just that there are more bad players at slightly higher Elo's than they should be. I still think any decent player who plays a large enough amount of ranked games will gain Elo. 1500-1700 just feels like Elo Hell.
That's all in solo queue, though. On my smurf, where I've only duo queued, my friend and I are 10-1.
"Stranded in this spooky town." LoL IGN: Matt Is Legion, A Mole Sitting