So you have started playing one of the most talked-about PC games around the globe and you want to know what this ranking system is all about and how to achieve certain tiers. Look no further than this article, where you will learn what each ranking means, how to achieve each rank status, and what is recommended for approaching your goals in the game.
A player must first go through a series of ten “Provisional” matches, meaning they need to play through ten matches [a single match will typically last anywhere from 20-60 minutes] before they can be placed in any rank. This is your stepping stone into ranked matches, and is the one and only way to move onto the next tier. These provisional matches and how well you do in each match determines where you will be placed in the ranking system.
There are 6 ranked divisions in this system in the order as follows:
**Things to keep in mind:
A player can start directly from provisional matches into any tier of the ranked system. In other words, let’s say you win ten out of ten matches, you will likely be placed in ‘Gold’ or ‘Platinum’ right away, rather than starting at the tier one Bronze level. However, these rankings can diminish over time depending on how well or poorly you continue to play within your rank. Each rank also has subdivisions (i.e. Bronze V, Bronze IV, Bronze III, Bronze II, and Bronze I). These subdivisions determine how close you are at getting out of that rank, and into the next tier. More winning matches in provisional will mean a lower number, less wins will mean a larger number. The lowest rank being Bronze V.
**The main rankings that have added factors:
This is where a lot of players wind up directly out of their provisional matches. This is the lowest ranking in the system, and it tends to be a starting point for many. Keep in mind that the higher a rank you are put into, the better coordinated your teams may be as a whole, seeing as they are most likely more experienced in the game. That being said, getting out of Bronze and moving on to a higher level may be a bit harder than moving out of the Gold division would be.
Quite the opposite of Bronze, Challenger is really a ‘League’ of it’s own, so to speak. This is the top of the crop, and once you make it to this division, you will even have the opportunity to play competitively in the League Championship games (which are widely watched around the world, and almost more popular in terms of viewing numbers than traditional sports). Players who prove themselves in the Challenger ranking and are chosen to be a part of the LCS games, are paid as well, which is a nice incentive for top tier players.
Recommended tips for getting to your desired tier:
So, Challenger sounds like your cup of tea. The main question now is ‘how to achieve it?’. There are a couple of tips that I would advise to a newbie League player.
Tip #1) Save up your IP points, and buy runes and masteries A.S.A.P.! Support players should be buying support-focused runes, such as armor and gold-income. AD Carry players should be buying AD Carry runes, such as Damage enhancing runes and magic penetration. And so on. Believe it or not, this will make a major impact on the way you play, and without runes / masteries, you may find yourself struggling where you could have been thriving.
Tip #2) Save your IP points to buy as many champs as possible (at least 16). One reason for this being that you need at least 16 total champions owned to be able to play ranked at all. The second reason being the fact that not only do you want to play as much League as possible to have as much experience as possible, but also, you want to know what each champion is able to do so that you can counteract them without even having to think about it. This is an invaluable skill in ranked matches.
Tip #3) Play every role a few times with a few different champions before attempting to move into any ranked tier. Reason for this being very similar to tip #2 in the fact that you will want to be experienced in what each lane has to offer, and what other players can do to you in each lane. Eventually, you will most likely choose one favorite champion, as well as one favorite lane, however there is no guarantee you will always be able to play that champ or lane in ranked, since these matches will be in a ‘draft pick’ setting.
Tip #4) This brings me to the final tip; play ‘Draft Pick’ before ever stepping foot into provisional matches. This will get you prepared for the way that ‘Draft pick’ works, and you will not be caught off-guard by how different it is from normal matches.Draft Pick essentially means that you will have the opportunity to see what the other team is choosing in terms of champions, and you will be able to counter-pick whatever they choose in effect most times. However, that goes for the enemy team as well. Also, in ‘Draft Pick’ mode, you must wait for other players to choose which lane and champion they want to play. This means that you can either be the first to choose, possibly the last to choose, or somewhere in between. This is a huge reason why both tip #2 and #3 are vital.
If you keep all of these factors, tips, and tricks in mind and put them into practice, you should do just fine in your journey from Provisional matches, on to Challenger. Happy trails and best of luck!