I think the view of being new or one of the Elite is a bit too black and white. You need to consider that there is a degree of middle ground here. I have been the n00b and also had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with the Elitists in some games. I do find my own ground and try to play the game how I want to play it where possible. I am considerate of new players and help them avoid common pitfalls if I can. If I end up going toe to toe with a better, more experienced, even Elitist player then I either accept they are better and try to avoid a direct confrontation or I learn from it and adapt my game play so I can improve and gain the personal achievement and satisfaction from doing so. In a lot of MP games knowing the maps is a big part of being successful, whether solo or as part of a team. After that find the weapon or skills that suit your play style and if you keep failing change tactics and consider alternative options that overcome your difficulties or failures. Most of all, play to your strengths.