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Ranked mode information and FAQ

12/14/2017 08:00 AM

With Update 2: Jungle Storm, we brought a new ranked mode system. You can now compete against the others to climb the ladder and sit at the top. In order to help you doing so, you will find all the explanations you need below.

How to unlock the ranked play?

Ranked play becomes accessible once you reached level 15. If you have already reached Prestige, this limitation do not apply to you.

How does it work?

The ranked games are divided between Seasons of two months each. A Season starts on the 1st of the month and ends two days before the end on the second month. At the beginning of each Season, you will have to finish 15 placement rounds.Your results during these placement rounds will determine what your starting rank is for the ongoing Season. The rank of every player is reset at the beginning of every Season; nothing is granted forever. Afterward, it will be up to you and your squad to improve your rank or remain at the top.

How does the progression work?

Players are divided in 6 brackets based on their Matchmaking Rating: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Elite. Once you played the 15 rounds of placement of a Season, you’ll be assigned to one of these brackets. Afterward, based on your round win/lose count, you will go higher or lower in the brackets.

Please note that starting with the second Ranked season that will start on February 1st, 2018, we’re moving from calculating MMR per round and counting placement rounds to calculating MMR per match and counting placement matches.

This means two things: instead of 15 placement rounds, you’ll play 10 placement matches to get assigned to a bracket, and if for instance you’ve played a match that ended 3-1, your MMR won’t update 4 times (3 victories and 1 defeat), but only once (1 victory).

Where will people see my rank?

The game displays the rank of a player with their nametags. Thus, you can see other players’ rank in the match lobby, on the tacmap, on the end-screen and in the sum-up of the match. This is also where other players will see your own rank!

How does the matchmaking work?

Ranked is a new matchmaking mode, in which you’ll be able to play both Elimination and Uplink. Players will be able to select either Quickplay/Custom/Ranked from the main menu.

In Ranked Mode, players start with their Quickplay MMR, not from a baseline. For this reason, it is possible for people to play all Ranked matches together and end up in different leagues. This will eventually even out if they keep on playing together.

The MMR of players, in both Ranked mode and Quickmatch, is based on the results of the individual rounds and not on the outcome of the entire match. For this reason, it is possible sometimes to be demoted after winning a match, especially after a 3-2 result. This will happen if the opposing team has a MMR lower than the match winners. The amount of MMR gained and lost after a round depends on how big the initial MMR gap was, so it is possible for the 2 losses in a 3-2 match to matter more than the 3 wins.

Only two things impact a player’s MMR after a round. One of them is winning or losing. The other is the standing of each player before the round. A player will lose less MMR after an “expected” loss, faced with a higher MMR opponent, and will lose more MMR points after a loss against a lower opponent (and the same is true for how many points they win after a victory). This behavior is exactly the same as in all games that use an Elo or Glicko type of system.

What are the rewards?

Every completed ranked match will grant a bonus XP. Every new bracket promotion will grant bonus Prestige credits. At the end of a Season, players will earn XP boosters and Prestige credits based on their bracket.

What are the leave penalties?

Leaving an ongoing ranked game will grant the player a strike that will disappear after a probation time or accumulate with other strikes if he keeps quitting ongoing ranked games. When strikes start cumulating, the player will receive a warning pop-up to confirm he will receive a temporary ban penalty if he chooses to leave the match. The penalties will then increase from 10 minutes to 4 hours.


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