For those of you who don’t know, League of Legends runs its professional circuit off of players from its Ranked system. These 5+ million users compete against other Level 30 Summoners over a league system of multiple divisions and tiers. These range from the 700,000 Bronze V’ers to the 50 Challenger Tier players that are made up of professionals and some of the best players in the country.
There are six tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Challenger. Within each tier (except for Challenger), there are five different divisions. To promote from one division to another (i.e. Gold IV to Gold III), one must gain 100 LP (League Points) in one division, then win a best 2 out of 3 series. To promote from one tier to another (i.e. Bronze I to Silver V), one must gain 100 LP and then win a best 3 out of 5 series. Players can drop divisions by not performing well, as losses will take away earned LP, and repeated losses at 0 LP will boot a player down. The only way to drop tiers, however, is by not playing a ranked game for a period of time (about one month).
S3 League Distribution as of this Spring. I was stuck in Bronze II for most of this time.
Diamond I is slightly more inflated than the other top divisions simply because it’s pretty damn hard to secure a spot in Challenger. Even if a Diamond I player manages to hit 100 LP in his division, he won’t trigger a series, since there can only be 50 players in Challenger at any given time. Once a Challenger player his 0 LP, he’s automatically kicked out, and the Diamond player has an opportunity to fill in the lost spot. Challenger players have no limits on their LP, and just compete for the top spots on the ladder until Season 3 ends in October.
Hai Du Lam, a player who hit the top 5 at 2500 elo last year, holds 993 LP in Challenger this season. Currently, he is the mid laner and team captain of Cloud 9 HyperX: a team that is at an undisputed first place in the North American League Championship series (NA LCS) with a ridiculous 21W/2L record.
But where am I?
Back in Seasons I and II, League used to run its ranked ladder on the Elo rating system. A slightly modified version of the original system used for ranking chess players, League’s Elo system gave each player a number from 600 up to 2600. Weaker players strayed towards the hundreds, with the average player at 1400, and professionals hitting over 2200. In Season 3, this Elo system was dropped in favor of the current League system, but some websites attempt to approximate Elo using one’s current Tier, total LP, and other stats. Here’s a timeline of mine, taken from LolKing.net:
As you can see, for the longest time, I was stuck at the top of Bronze. After I played my ten placement matches in the beginning of the season, I was thrown into Bronze II, and pretty much rot among the III’s and I’s for a good six months. Lately, however, (mostly because of the insane amount of playing I’ve been able to do in Korea) I managed to pull myself up to Silver V after a change in mindset and a bit more focus. Since then, I’ve literally been unstoppable after switching to top lane instead of maining support, avoiding tilt and carrying the team and even going 6-0 with Elise. Currently, I’m at Silver IV with 42 LP (or 1250 LKS, which is an “artificial elo”), and I’m really happy with my place—top 47% in all of North America! My goal by the end of the season is to hit Gold V. Hopefully, I’ll get that sexy Gold border around my name come Season 4. :U
Because, you know, the one on the left is clearly superior to the other two.
EVEN WITH HER NERF, ELISE IS STILL OP AS SHIT YEAH.