When it comes to Ranked, we want you to explore the limitless possibilities Runeterra has to offer. There’s just something so satisfying about climbing through the ranks in the spirit of healthy competition, only to stumble upon a new winning deck that not even Reddit has thought of yet. But the road to the top is a long one, and along the way you’ll face many a worthy foe. We want to ensure that you have everything you need to fight the good fight. That means it’s time for a Ranked FAQ.
How does Ranked work in Legends of Runeterra?
Ranked in Legends of Runeterra has you using your wits and your well-crafted decks to climb through tiers and divisions against players of comparable skill. If you're familiar with League of Legends, LoR's Ranked system is similar at first glance. However, we’ve tweaked it here and there to keep the focus on strategy and ingenuity. Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with League's systems. We're about to take a deep dive into a Ranked Runeterra.
Let’s start with Tiers and Divisions
We’re back with some old favorites when it comes to the tier system. Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Master will mark the overarching progress as you navigate the Ranked meta.
Within each tier is a numbered division counting down from 4. The lower your division within a given tier, the closer you are to promotion! That means if you earn enough LP in Silver I you’ll be promoted into Gold IV, and so on.
You mentioned LP?
Ah yes! It's time for some math. As you win or lose your matches in LoR, so too will you win and lose LP (i.e. League Points) respectively. LP represents a numerical value from 1 to 100 that will rise and fall within a division based on your wins and losses. Even a tie-game will earn you LP (but more on that below). The amount you gain in victory or lose in defeat will vary based on the tier you’re in. The higher you climb, the more hard-fought the battle will be (and the more awesome you feel when you finally push through those upper ranks!)
Once you’ve exceeded 100 LP, you’ll climb to the next spot on the ladder, be it a new division or a new tier.
So what about demotions?
You’ll demote from a division when you lose a game at 0 LP. As long as you have any LP (even 1), you won’t demote from a lost match.
Notice we didn’t say anything about demoting from a tier? Surprise! You can’t. Once you’ve earned your spot in a new tier, you’re there to stay. This gives you a bit of freedom to try out new strategies without worrying about losing your tier position.
What happens in a tie game?
Aside from some spiffy animation, players who participate in a tie game will each earn a small amount of LP. While not as much as the LP you’d gain from a win, it’s still a nice consolation prize! Be sure to check out the tie-game article here.
If you’ve broken through Diamond and are ready for a new challenge, you’ll enter the Master tiers. To start, there will be one Master tier, with more to potentially come as people adapt to the changing meta. Master tier sees players ranked according to their Matchmaking Rating (MMR) from highest to lowest.
If you’re playing in any tier other than Master, you’ll play against opponents of the same rank. This means you’ll always play against someone in the same tier as you, and as close to the same division as possible.
If you’re playing in a Master tier, you’ll still be playing against people in the same rank, with your MMR playing a role in refining the matchmaking pool.