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Changes are Coming to Ranked and Matchmaking

Changes are Coming to Ranked and Matchmaking

Riot Games has announced that they’re working on significant changes to the ranked system and matchmaking. The developers have been collecting player feedback and plan to address some of the most prominent issues with League of Legends. All of the changes that the developers are working on can be found here. The following are some of the important changes that are coming to ranked and matchmaking.

Autofill and Duo Balancing

Being autofilled into a less familiar role can be frustrating for players that are trying to climb efficiently. Some games can have multiple people that are autofilled on one team, while everyone on the opposing team is on their main role. This is a clear disadvantage, and the developers are taking steps to balance the number of players that get their main role on each team.

Playing ranked with a friend is an excellent way to make coordinated plays with people that have familiar playstyles. The voice communication that is available to these players is an advantage over players simply typing to each other. The new update is set to balance the number of groups of pre-made players on each team.

Disruptive Behavior

Toxicity and game ruining behavior is, unfortunately, a major part of the video game community, and the current systems often fail at addressing it. Intentionally feeding, AFKing and win trading can be difficult to punish because it can be hard to prove intent. Players that are dying over and over again could just be having a bad game. People that AFK could be having connection issues or an emergency could’ve happened. Win trading, in particular, is incredibly difficult to find evidence for and often requires multiple games to even detect. Riot Games are working on developing better methods of detecting and punishing these behaviors, as well as providing more instant feedback reports for players that report the behavior.

MMR Transparency

Matchmaking is based on the division that a player is in, but there’s also a hidden factor called match-made ranking that also contributes to matchmaking. This is confusing for players that don’t understand how the hidden rating effects their matchmaking. The developers are working on a system that will provide more clarity for the true rank of each player.


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