Ranked Season 10; read everything about the new season

Start date, positional ranking, placements: read everything about Ranked Season 10

With the anniversary ranked season looming on the horizon, we’re taking a look at what’s in store for SoloQ enthusiasts like you and me. Buckle up and hop on the roller coaster!

Start date(s) of season 10

As indicated in November, Season 10 (officially dubbed Season 2020) was set to begin on January 8. This would coincide with the release of Patch 10.1. This patch brings the new champion Sett and Thresh VFX update among other changes. 

Because of an undocumented change in the Preseason timeline removed January 8 from the calendar in the League client. By the start of the Christmas break, Riot Games introduced a January 10 milestone titled Road to Season Start

Road to Season 10 – League of Legends

Looking at the odd date (Friday is never a good release day) and vague wording. I’m inclined to believe that Season 10 start was postponed. A good candidate for the new date would be January 22. The same day Patch 10.2 is scheduled to come out. Therefor, Season 9 started on Patch 9.2. 

It’s not surprising that the plot only thickens from here. In contrast, last year’s Patch 9.2 was pushed on a Thursday instead of regular Wednesday. Reason being Rioters took Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In 2020, the holiday is celebrated on the patch week as well. Furthermore, unless Season 10 still starts on January 8, the other feasible date is January 23. 

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Positional Ranking in season 10

It’s gone! Seriously, Riot Games were quick as ever to realize that the positional ranking experiment wasn’t working out at all. Matchmaking quality plummeted on the most popular & competitive server (Korea). Yet somehow even the renowned 4fun hub (North America) scrambled to reach a new low. Therefore less than two months into Season 9, League developers put the abomination to sleep.

Just like in the past few years, Season 10 brings a single rank per queue. You get and lose the same number of League Points. Regardless of whether you play the main position, an off-role, or get auto-filled. That’s right: autofill is here to stay, and positional ranking never got to cure the side effects. 

Placements

Season 9 placements were peak instant gratification: you’d get a provisional rank after just one game. It didn’t stop there: beause each win would give about +50LP while losses didn’t cost any points. Hence As a result, placement games felt rewarding and invoked perhaps even less stress than regular ones.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it finally becomes the name of the game. League of Legends devs are sticking to last year’s pattern. You will have to play 8 placement games in SoloQ and 10 placement games in Flex. New accounts have a low baseline to avoid frustration for genuinely new players. Seasoned Silver/Gold players that would have to deal with newbies.

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Rewards

The ranked rewards trifecta is here to stay. At the end of Season 10 (in the middle of November), players will get icons and borders. These rewards will reflect their achievements. If you reach Gold, there’s also a Victorious skin to rub into wounds of your Bronze friends. The champion for the Season 10 skin will be announced in the second part of 2020. 

It’s unclear whether Riot will once again divide the ranked season into three equal parts. Should that happen, we can expect minor cosmetics like emotes awarded to players that are active during the three-month splits. 


If you want to climb higher in Season 10, check out the real-time desktop assistant Nemo.

Nemo helps you pick around allies and ban the worst counter picks. Furthermore, A collection of more than 400 builds will come in handy next time Riot Games autofill you to Jungle.

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Summary

When does League of Legends season 10 start?

Overall, unless Season 10 still starts on January 8, the other feasible date is January 23.

Will League of Legends have Positional Ranking in Season 10?

Just like in the past few years, Season 10 brings a single rank per queue. You get and lose the same number of League Points whether you play the main position, an off-role, or get auto-filled. That’s right: autofill is here to stay, and positional ranking never got to cure the side effects.

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How will League of Legends Placements work in Season 10?

You will have to play 8 placement games in SoloQ and 10 placement games in Flex. New accounts have a low baseline to avoid frustration for genuinely new players as well as seasoned Silver/Gold players that would have to deal with newbies.

How does League of Legends MMR work?

League of Legends matchmaking is notorious for seemingly putting you against high-ranked opponents while giving you trailing teammates. Unless you’re playing late on a small server, however, there is a reasonable explanation. It all comes down to the interactions between the visible LP and hidden MMR.

What is MMR in League of Legends?

In League of Legends, MMR is the sole criterion that the game employs to pick your teammates and opponents. You have separate scores for each queue, which could explain those Diamond players that you may occasionally run into while playing Normals. The good thing is that unless you have been queueing up with players that are way better/worse, Normals are a decent way to warm up or learn new champions.

How can I check my LoL MMR?

Most players opted for op.gg’s MMR tracker, but it has been down since the canceled positional queue messed up provisionals and LP gains early in Season 9. The currently viable option is WhatIsMyMMR, although it only works for NA, EUW, and EUNE. Keep in mind that, although accurate, this is just a prediction with some margin of error.

by Denis Matusovskiy
January 02, 2020

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