League of Legends’ Ranked System to Get Massive Overhaul
Riot Games is planning a massive overhaul of the ranked system in League of Legends, but players have some time before the changes will take effect. Riot laid out their early plans to change how players are ranked in the game before the next competitive season in a new post.
The goal of the changes is to make players’ skill-level more clear and provide a different rank for every position. To do this, Riot is adding two additional ranks to the game in addition to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Within each of these tiers will be four divisions.
Along with the ranking changes, the game will introduce a new feature called “positional matchmaking.” Each player will be ranked in each role that they play. For example, a player who is in Gold as an ADC might still rank in Silver when they play support.
The new feature is intended to make matchmaking fairer in instances where a player enters a match off-role by matching them up with other players of a similar skill level. Somehow, players can still climb the latter on their main position while they get practice time in different roles, no LP sacrifice necessary.
Riot is still ironing out the system. One potential flaw could be how the feature functions for players in the higher divisions where it is common that players are unable to be matched to their primary position. For this reason, Riot says they might not apply the new feature to players once they reach Masters, meaning they would have the top rank across all positions.