Welp, now I remember why I don't play solo queue at Gold ELO. It is incredibly unpleasant.
So I got screwed in my promos. Last season I go 8-2 and go from Gold 1 to Plat 1. This season I go 8-2 and get demoted from Plat 1 to Gold III. So that makes sense (its because only the first ~3 games in your promos really matter - the last games just move you up or down a total of a few divisions, but the first few games are MASSIVE).
But jungling in Gold doesn't really matter. Gold players aren't good enough for it to matter.
The purpose of a jungler is to get your team ahead, then be a tank later in the game. So you can't really carry. I get my team ahead every single game, but Gold players are too incompetent for that to matter. 10k golds don't matter in Gold - its literally irrelevant. All that matters in which team has players who throw less hard late game.
I mean, I lost a game where my team had a 13.5k gold lead and 5 dragons simply because we couldn't figure out how to group despite all my pinging. People just kept wandering all over the map dying 1 by 1 until only I was left. The fact that I was 10/4/16 didn't really matter when its 1v5.
Thats the thing - getting your team that 4k gold at 20 minutes or whatever by outplaying their jungle doesn't mean anything. You win gold games by being the person who does the damage in the fights late game, not by doing stupid stuff like getting teammates ahead and being a tank. Being a tank is stupid in gold because nobody groups anyway if your team is bad, and if your team is good you will just autowin.
So yeah, I'm done with solo queue. Its a waste of my time. I remember why I dont play it. You have to play hundreds of games to get rid of the randomness in jungle in gold, and I'm not willing to invest that just get a different border. If I mained a damage dealing class I'm sure I could do it in a lot fewer games.
I think that in gold in jungle you are supposed to just screw your team and build straight deeps (jungle Yi etc). That way you can actually carry. Its a terrible strategy with competent players, but Gold players are so bad that its probably what you are supposed to do in jungle.