League of Legends: New Ranked League System Coming Soon

Riot has announced a completely new League System for their ranked play in League of Legends.

Winning ranked games allows you to learn League Points which then progresses the rankings in your league. As you earn additional points, you’ll get a chance to eventually move up into the next division or the next league. The system is quite similar to Blizzard’s Starcraft 2 ladder system. From their infographic, the new ranked league will consist of six different tiers with Bronze being on the bottom and Challenger as the very best. Within each tier (except Challenger), there are five divisions. The different divisions are available for ranked solo/duo queue, team 3v3, and team 5v5 matches. Each league contains 250 players or teams of the same tier.

Ultimately, your ranking is going to be determined by the amount of League Points you gain and the division you’re in. Once you earn 100 points from winning ranked games, you will be entered into an advancement series. If you win the best-of-three Division, you will move up a division. If you win a best-of-five, you move up a full tier. My guess is that you can only move up tiers when you have already reached the highest division possible.

At the professional level, if your team is one of the top 32 teams in the 5v5 Challenger tier at either the mid season or end of season mark, you’ll qualify in a 32-team online tournament. If you place in the top eight, you’ll enter a 16-team Promotion Tournament against the bottom four professional teams and four winners from other events.

Your initial placement will be determined if you’ve played at least five ranked team games or 10 solo/duo queue games during the preseason. Your tier will be determined by a combination of your current Elo rating the top Elo rating earned. If you haven’t played any ranked games yet, you’ll need to play some placement matches before you get assigned.

Full infographic

From their FAQ

They’ve answered a few of the common questions in their FAQ but here’s some questions that really caught my eye.

What happens if I lose a ranked match in the league system?

Losing a ranked game in the league system will cost some of your League Points. If you’re already at the bottom of your division, this may mean falling back to the previous division . Once you’ve earned a skill tier, however, you can never be demoted to the previous tier unless you stop playing for a prolonged period of time.

In other words, losing can never cause you to fall below 0 League Points in the lowest division of your league.

Thank goodness! I love ranked play but I’ve always been afraid of dropping my ranking down to a certain level. There’s a common perception that if you tank your rating, you have a higher chance of playing with people who like to sacrifice and run their champions into the other team or who are just plain trolling games.

What if I want to see how I measure up against my friends?

The league system will always try to place you in a league with summoners on your friends list first, provided they’re in the same skill tier you are. If you want to check your ranking against a friend in another league, you can compare your tier, division, and league points to get a general idea of who’s closer to the top.

That’s actually really cool to be able to play with or against your friends (assuming you’re in a similar skill level).

Now the question remains.

Which champion(s) will you pilot going into season 3?

Source: League of Legends news


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