Link in LoL: know the order, how it works, MMR and how to level
You finally reached level 30 in League of Legends and want to play ranked, but are you confused about how it all works? We’ll help you find out how links work, how to level up and divide and how to find your position in all of this!
In LoL, it all starts with the League System, a system of ranked matches (rankeds) that works as a link order across several divisions. Find out now what we’re talking about!
Know the League System and what are the LoL Links
The system of ranked matches from League of Legends divides players by 7 levels (called tiers or leagues) that represent their place in the competition. Meet the sort order, organized from the lowest league to the most powerful league:
From Iron to Diamond, the alloys are subdivided into four divisions in descending order: IV, III, II, I. This means, for example, that if you are in Bronze I, your next climb will be to Silver IV. Therefore, the lowest level of the game is Ferro IV.
How to get a link and understand what MMR is
After your first ranked match, you will receive a provisional rank that only you can see. This rank will last for the first 10 games of the qualifying matches (better known as MD10), which serve to place you in an official tier and division appropriate to your skill level.
The game uses 3 factors to determine your ranking position:
- Your result in MD10;
- The level of difficulty of the opponents you faced;
- Your performance in the pre-season and the previous season.
All of this information comes together to form a value called MMR (Matchmaking Rating, in the original, or Match Manager Score in translation). That value is hidden and it is very similar to what many players previously knew as the famous link, a number of points that clearly indicated the position in the ranked.
The MMR is an essential data for the match manager to find allies and enemies with the levels closest to his, with the objective of obtaining fair matches for all players.
How to link up, what PdL is and how to level up and split
At the end of your MD10, you start winning League Points (PdL) on every ranked win or losing some of those points when you lose. Contrary to what happens with MMR, PdL are a visible number for players.
The amount of points you earn or lose is directly related to your MMR, this means that the higher this hidden value, the more PdL you will receive when you win and the less points you will lose in defeats.
When you reach 100 PdL, you will enter a promotion series which gives you the chance to get the much desired level up or split. You need to win 2 of 3 games to move up a division and win 3 of 5 games to move up 1 level.
Keep in mind the requirements for these promotions: when you arrive at Platinum, you will only have 28 days to complete your series. For players in Master and Diamond, the deadline is only 5 days. That is, it is mandatory to complete your series within the indicated deadlines or you will lose a given number of PdL.
If you risk leaving the selection of champions in a series of promotions, it will count as a defeat.
Are you still confused by everything we said about MMR and PdL? So watch this very simple official video that explains everything right:
Be careful not to fall off a link
There are two terrible words for summoners: demotion and inactivity. These are the two ways you can fall apart and it is easy to understand how they can happen.
O demotion happens when you reach 0 PdL and lose matches. This causes the player to be positioned in the closest division below, for example, from Gold II to Gold III. If you are in division IV, you will fall from league (Gold to Silver, for example).
THE inactivity occurs when the player goes too long without playing, but only affects summoners from the Platinum, Diamond, Master, Grandmaster and Challenger leagues. If you are on Platinum or Diamond, you will start losing PdL after 28 days without playing in ranked ranks. Once a week, players on Platinum lose 35 PdL, Diamonds lose 50 PdL and DM upwards lose 100 PdL.
Master to Challenger summoners fall inactive after 10 days without playing in ranked ranks. Every 7 days, these players lose 250 PdL due to their inactivity.
For the levels Master, Grand Master and Challenger, there are strict rules to stay in these tiers:
- Each ranked match played in these leagues is stored in your “immunity bank” until you complete a total of 10. To stay on top of these matches, access your profile and the Leagues tab;
- Every day, 1 immunity game is removed from that “bank”;
- If you let your immunity reserve reach 0 saved games, you will lose 100 PdL per day until you play again and save more ranked games.
Now that you know the basics about ranked matches from League of Legends, do you think you have what it takes to detonate games?
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