Game Updates
Ranked 2021 Rundown

Welcome to a new ranked season! We've made some changes to the climb; here's what you need to know!

Game UpdatesAuthorCompetitive Gameplay Team
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Welcome to the 2021 ranked season! We've made a bunch of changes to prep for this year's climb. Here's what you need to know!

New Account Placement

If you're new to ranked, we'll use your performance in normal matches to determine your initial placement rather than start you at a default position. This also improves match quality for everyone else since new accounts will be matched with players actually close to their skill level.

Lighter Start-of-Season Reset

For ranked veterans, the start-of-season rank reset is less drastic this year. Once you've finished provisionals, you'll start your climb closer to where you ended last season compared to years past.

Division Promos Removed

There are no more promo series between divisions (ex. Gold III -> Gold II), and any excess LP rolls over when you're promoted. Be careful—inter-division demotion protection is gone, too. If a loss drops you to 0 LP, losing again will drop you into the next division down.

You'll still go through promos between tiers (ex. Gold -> Platinum), and still have demotion protection between tiers.

Ranked Informed Matchmaking

Matchmaking will now check that your teammates and opponents are close to you in their displayed rank, not just their MMR.

Smaller LP Gains & Losses

Between placing higher, LP rollover between divisions, and removing division promos which granted no LP for the required wins, we're adding a lot of LP to the system. Left unchecked, that would slingshot everyone upward and prevent ranked informed matchmaking from working. LP gains and losses will be slightly smaller this season to keep matchmaking healthy.

LP Mitigation

If we detect an AFK on your team, you'll lose less LP for a loss (and the AFK will lose more) depending on how the game was going before the AFK. LP mitigation is stronger if your team was dominating but may not result in any LP difference if you were super far behind. There's a weekly cap to how many games LP mitigation can apply to.

Immediate Master+ Unlock

Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger are open right now. Check Riot Support for your region's tier sizes. Who'll win the race to Challenger rank 1?

Master+ Duo Queue Removed

Players in Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger can no longer duo queue. This improves match quality at the top of the ladder where the matchmaking pool is small and ensures the top of the ladder is representative of the best individuals on each server.

Diamond Decay Changes

Diamond now uses the same banked-game decay system as Master+, though with more relaxed tuning:

  • Master, Grandmaster, Challenger
    • Each game played banks 1 day of activity, up to 10
    • You bank 10 days immediately upon promoting to Master
    • Once all banked days have been consumed, you lose 250 LP each day until you fall out of Master
  • Diamond
    • Each game played banks 7 days of activity, up to 28
    • You bank 28 days immediately upon promoting to Diamond
    • Once all banked days have been consumed, you lose 50 LP each day until you fall out of Diamond

Best of luck on your Season 2021 climb!


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