League of Legends Ranked Update Will End Position Ranking

TJ Denzer,

March 8, 2019 1:18 PM

A new update for League of Legends ranked systems is set to roll back Position Ranking and make Ranked progression singular again, among other new changes.

The new ranked systems for League of Legends have been an ambitious experiment to rework the ladders into something better, but not all experiments are successful. Following a close look at the system, Riot will be rolling out changes that include ending the Position Rank system and resorting back to a single number for player rank and progress.

Position Rank Preview In NA & KR Is Ending

The Ranked changes were announced directly by Riot Games on March 8, 2019 in a State of Ranked article on the League of Legends site. The article addresses a number of issues that have come up in Ranked, one of which was the preview of Position Ranking in North American and Korean versions of the game. According to Meta Game Systems Lead Designer Ed “SapMagic” Altorfer, the Position Ranks had a negative affect on games where players were put in off-selection positions and the system could not be easily resolved.

“Six weeks into the season and after numerous bug fixes and tweaks, a significant number of you are still frustrated with the grindiness, low satisfaction of off-position games, and teammates not taking off-position games seriously enough,” Altorfer wrote. “After reviewing your feedback, we regrouped and considered all the changes we could make to improve the system. Ultimately, we didn’t feel like we could make position ranks the experience you deserve by tweaking LP (League Points) splashing or making changes to promotion series. Many of you simply aren’t happy with the core trade-offs of the system.”

As a direct result, the Position Rank preview in North America and Korea will come to an end on March 13. Some details for how the ranked system will transfer back to the singular progression were also revealed.

  • The highest rank achieved by a player in any position becomes their new singular rank. Current LP and progress through Provisional and Promotion Series will be preserved if the highest rank of the player sets them in either type of series.
  • Ranked Armor, Split Rewards, and other rewards will be kept by the player.
  • Promotion Helper benefits will be preserved and highest rank across all roles will be used to determine Promotion Helper eligibility.

Diamond+ Ranking Will See A Reset

In addition to Position Ranks being disbanded, Diamond and Master matchmaking issues were also addressed. Iron and Grandmaster tiers introduced issues and bugs in which players could gain a higher rank than they should reasonably be. As a result of so much complication in the system and an unacceptable timeline in which the matter might sort itself, Diamond Tier and higher ranks will be experiencing a rollback before the end of March.

Diamond, Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger will be the most affected by the new Ranked changes.
Diamond, Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger will be the most affected by the new Ranked changes.

The rollback of Diamond+ tiers will see Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger ranks will be set back to Master at 0 LP and Diamond ranks will be bumped down a rank to a max bottom of Diamond IV. Grandmaster and Challenger ranks will be locked until one week after the reset for Grandmaster and two weeks after for Challenger. Rewards will be kept by the players, but will be adjusted to fit the new ranks.

Position Ranking was interesting in its design, but ultimately it showed itself to be just a bit too cumbersome for both Riot developers and League of Legends players. Maybe there’s a better way, but at least for now, we can get back to singular progression and have the same chance at rising across all of our roles, main or not.

As Riot continues to try to improve the Ranked game from top to bottom, check out the latest that went down in Week 6 of the LEC and LCS.


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