With the final months of League of Legends season 11 approaching, Riot recently shared a competitive gameplay update that includes a look at what’s to come for ranked gameplay.
In the update, Riot discussed some upcoming changes to rank drops that will help high-ranked players stay in their respective ranks even when taking a little break. When playing in the current highest divisions, players will have to play regularly to maintain that rank. While Riot’s goal is still to get the best players currently in the top tiers, the drop in ranks will soon be reduced to keep the real talent from dwindling if they decide to. go on vacation.
To help players at the highest tiers stay on top of their ranks during the break, Riot will be looking at better options for demoting at Master tier and above, as well as some changes for for High Diamond players. These changes will likely allow players to leave the game for several weeks without being relegated to a division they don’t belong in.
“Apex players (Master+) and high Diamond players taking a few weeks off from League of Legends are in decline more than we would have liked,” Riot said. “We are looking at better options for the reduced rate that we can deploy in a way that is less disruptive before the end of the season.”
While the decay changes are still not quite specific, many high ELO players will breathe a sigh of relief seeing that there will be changes. In the current system, players with several high-ranked accounts would have to rush continuously to avoid ranking drop. This means playing games on different accounts almost every day to avoid punishment.
While these players need to work consistently to stay on top of the leaderboards, the current system doesn’t allow any time off. Keeping at the top of the Challenger leaderboard is actually a full-time job, which has clearly gone too far in Riot’s eyes. It’s not yet known when these changes will begin rolling out, but players may not have to wait long.
Riot deploys comparative ranking on social networks
The other major update presented by Riot is the social comparison leaderboard of rankings. Currently, all players with a rank are divided into divisions with players of the same rank. These players are chosen at random and there is no guarantee that players in the same division have or will play together in a game.
This has rendered all ranked divisions meaningless without any real connection between the players. To change this, Riot is rolling out a social comparison leaderboard that will potentially allow players to compare ranks and other stats with in-game friends.
“Ranking leagues with people you don’t know and almost never see in games, it’s hard to feel a connection with them,” Riot said. “We’re testing a more personal social comparison leaderboard right where you need it, directly in the ratings lobby.”
There is still no exact date on when this social leaderboard will appear on the live servers, but according to Riot, the first iteration will be available soon. The first patch likely to include some of these changes will be patch 11.16, released on August 11.
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