Season Two FAQ

General Questions

What is Season Two?

Season Two represents a host of gameplay updates, game features, and the next competitive season of League of Legends.

Ranked Teams allow summoners to form eight-man persistent teams that track the entire group’s competitive rating, rather than the contributions of individuals. The much anticipated Spectator Mode enters open beta with Season Two, allowing aspiring commentators a chance to practice their skills shoutcasting custom games. A new set of Masteries introduces new strategic options for players of all skill levels, and new summoner spells continue to augment and improve gameplay.

In addition to those great additions, Season Two also rings in our second season of competitive play – with an unprecedented $5 million prize pool. To match the increasing stakes, we’re also ramping up our coverage of professional events, and helping players of all skill levels find places to compete themselves. Check out our competitive section to learn more.

Why did you change the masteries and summoner spells available in Season Two?

The beginning of the new competitive season seemed like an appropriate time to implement new changes to the summoner spells and masteries designed to provide players with additional tactical options.

Click here to learn more about the rationale behind the changes to summoner spells in Season Two.

Click here to learn more about the new mastery trees available in Season Two.

Where can I learn more about the new summoner spells and the changes to the existing ones in Season Two?

Click here to learn more about the changes to summoner spells in Season Two.

Where can I find out more about the new masteries available in Season Two?

Click here to view a full listing of the new masteries available in Season Two!

I want to start spectating games. How can I learn more about the Spectator Mode?

Click here to view a comprehensive FAQ about Spectator Mode, along with other resources and quick references that can help you get started spectating games.

Ranked Play Prerequisites

What summoner level do I have to achieve before I can participate in a ranked match?

If you wish to participate in ranked play, your account must be level 30. This ensures that all players are on equal footing at the start of a match.

How many champions do I need to have available before I can participate in a ranked match?

In order to participate in ranked play you need to have a total of 16 champions currently available for your use. This includes all the champions that you currently own, along with all those champions that are currently available through the free-to-play rotation.

This has to do with the drafting process that takes place at champion select during a ranked match. During this process, six champions will be banned from play by either team, following which an exclusive draft will take place, requiring you to have at least 10 additional champions available in order to play.

Why has the requisite number of available champions increased from 14 to 16 in Season Two?

This requirement has to do with the increase in the number of bans that took place between Season One and Season Two.

With more champions joining the League of Legends roster, we’ve added two additional bans in the new season in order to provide players with more strategic choices at the start of the match. This has resulted in an increase in the number of available champions required for participation in ranked play.

Ranked Play

What is Elo?

Elo is the rating utilized by the League of Legends matchmaking system to construct balanced matchups between teams. Your Elo rating in ranked play is the determining factor of your position in the ladder.

How is Elo calculated and how is it used by the matchmaking system?

At its most basic level the Elo system is a method used for calculating the skill level of players in a head to head game. League of Legends uses a proprietary version of this system in order to place you against challenging opponents in a match.

There are many other factors at play when a match in League of Legends is being formed, but these are the basics of how the Elo system operates.

At its core, comparing the Elo rating of two players will give you a rough idea of who is more likely to win a match. In the case of Solo/Duo Queue, the ratings of each team member are aggregated. The greater the differential between the two ratings, the more strongly the odds favor the higher rated team of players. In the Ranked Team Queue, your rating will reflect your team’s performance as a single entity, and will not reflect your personal rating.

Once the match is complete, the winning players earn a number of points based on the expected result of the match, and the losing team loses that many points. The number of points exchanged is based on how heavily favored one team was over the other. A team that was heavily favored to win earns fewer points for a victory than an underdog team.

I am receiving less Elo rating per game than I was when I first started playing. Why is this happening?

The matchmaking system in League of Legends will attempt to move you to the ladder position that you should occupy at your current skill level as quickly as possible. As a result, your Elo rating will noticeably fluctuate for each win and loss when you initially start playing ranked games until the system recognizes that you have reached an equilibrium point. Once you have settled into a comfortable place in the ladder, you will be able to slowly climb to higher positions as your skill level increases.

The system is designed in this way in order to quickly move you into a place where you can experience fun, challenging matches more consistently, as well as to prevent new players from repeatedly clashing with highly skilled players that have just begun playing ranked.

What Elo do I need to receive a platinum/gold/silver/bronze badge?

Badges are awarded based on what percentile a player falls into, rather than an exact rating. You will need to be in the top 20%, 10%, 3% and 0.2% of ranked players in order to obtain the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum badges respectively in your League of Legends profile.

What determines the ban and pick order of my team?

In Solo/Duo Queue competition, the highest rated player on each team will always be given the privilege of choosing the bans and picking first. The remainder of the pick order is randomly constructed by the matchmaking system.

In team play, the organizing player will choose bans and pick first. The other players will pick in the order that they were invited to the group. In this way, the organizing player of a given play session is always able to tailor the picking order to their liking.

Why are there bans in draft mode?

Bans allow teams a greater range of strategic options during champion select. By banning champions prior to the picking process, players are able to strategically limit their opponents’ choices in order to more effectively execute a particular strategy.

Why have bans increased from four to six in Season Two?

Since the champion pool has grown considerably over the course of the first competitive season, we decided to give players the option to ban additional champions in order to better impose more stringent restrictions on their opponents in light of the increased number of options.

What is the difference between the ban structure in a tournament and the ban structure in ranked play?

In a tournament, the time to pick each ban has been increased to 60 seconds from 30 seconds. The number of bans remains the same. The time has been increased to allow players additional time to select their bans strategically in the high pressure scenario of tournament play.

What is the process of champion “swapping” and what does it entail?

If your team would like to draft a heavily sought after champion early on in the picking process, but the player whose turn it is to draft doesn’t favor that particular champion, they can choose to pick for a player later on in the order and then trade that champion with them at the end of the draft.

In order to successfully execute a swap, both players must own the champion that they are going to receive in order for the trade to complete. For example, a player cannot draft Gangplank and then trade him to another player who does not own Gangplank. Similarly, that same player cannot trade Gangplank for a champion that they do not own.

I want to play ranked Dominion. Will there be Dominion ladders?

At this time there is no official Dominion ladder. In the future, however, support for a competitive Dominion ladder is on the agenda!

Solo/Duo Queue

How is Elo calculated and how is it used by the matchmaking system?

At its most basic level the Elo system is a method used for calculating the skill level of players in a head to head game. League of Legends uses a proprietary version of this system in order to place you against challenging opponents in a match.

There are many other factors at play when a match in League of Legends is being formed, but these are the basics of how the Elo system operates.

At its core, comparing the Elo rating of two players will give you a rough idea of who is more likely to win a match. In the case of Solo/Duo Queue, the ratings of each team member are aggregated. The greater the differential between the two ratings, the more strongly the odds favor the higher rated team of players.

Once the match is complete, the winning players earn a number of points based on the expected result of the match, and the losing team loses that many points. The number of points exchanged is based on how heavily favored one team was over the other. A team that was heavily favored to win earns fewer points for a victory than an underdog team.

Who gets first ban and first pick?

The privilege of having the first pick and ban on a given team is always awarded to the player with the highest Elo rating.

What is duo queue?

In the League of Legends Solo/Duo Queue ladder, you have the option of queuing either alone or with one other player. If you choose to play in the solo queue with a friend, simply invite them for a game and then queue for Solo/Duo Queue as normal.

What determines the pick order of my team?

The first pick on each team is always awarded to the player with the highest Elo rating. The remainder of the picking order is assigned randomly by the matchmaking system.

What is the process of champion “swapping” and what does it entail?

If your team would like to draft a heavily sought after champion early on in the picking process, but the player whose turn it is to draft doesn’t favor that particular champion, they can choose to pick for a player later on in the order and then trade that champion to them at the end of the draft.

In order to successfully execute a swap, both players must own the champion that they are going to receive in order for the trade to complete. For example, a player cannot draft Gangplank and then trade him to another player who does not own Gangplank. Similarly, that same player cannot trade Gangplank for a champion that they do not own.

Ranked Teams

What is the purpose of a ranked team and how do I create one?

The purpose of ranked teams is to give players a better means of organizing set groups for ranked play and to provide a more accurate read on their skill level as a whole. As a ranked team, players are seen as a single entity in the Ranked Team ladders under one name and Elo rating.

To learn how to create and play as a ranked team, visit our guide to Getting Started with Ranked Teams

How will ranked teams affect the Season 2 Circuit?

Ranked teams is a training ground for improving your team's skills and preparing to compete in Prized Events. Therefore, the ladder will not be counted directly towards the Season Two Circuit; however, the Ranked Teams ladder can be used by tournament organizers to create seeding for their tournaments (especially for teams that have not earned Circuit Points).

How is team Elo calculated and what does that mean for matchmaking?

In ranked team competition your team’s Elo rating will reflect the performance of your team regardless of your individual performance. At its most basic level the Elo system is a method used for calculating the skill level of players in a head to head game. League of Legends uses a proprietary version of this system in order to place you against challenging opponents in a match.

There are many other factors at play when a match in League of Legends is being formed, but these are the basics of how the Elo system operates.

At its core, comparing the Elo rating of two teams will give you a rough idea of who is more likely to win a match. In the Ranked Team Queue, your rating will reflect your team’s performance as a single entity, and will not reflect your personal rating.

Once the match is complete, the winning players earn a number of points based on the expected result of the match, and the losing team loses that many points. The number of points exchanged is based on how heavily favored one team was over the other. A team that was heavily favored to win earns fewer points for a victory than an underdog team.

Does it cost RP/IP to create a ranked team?

No. There is no cost for creating a ranked team.

What are the responsibilities of a captain?

A captain is responsible for the maintenance of the team roster. Only the captain is allowed to invite players onto a team and, when necessary, remove them. In the event that a captain wants to leave the team or no longer wishes to be captain, they are able to pass the office along to another member of the team.

Can a captain pass on ownership?

Yes, a captain can pass along ownership of a team in the event that they wish to leave the team or no longer want to hold the office of captain.

Will the captain need to be online for us to join the Ranked Team queue?

No. The captain is not required to participate in all Ranked Team matches, and the rest of the team is free to enter the queue without them.

How many ranked teams can I be a member of at one time?

You are able to maintain membership in as many as five ranked teams at any one point in time.

How many members can be in a ranked team?

Each ranked team can have a maximum roster size of eight summoners.

Why limit how many members can be members of the same ranked team?

We would like your ranked team to reflect a concerted effort to practice with a consistent group and advance up the ladder, but we believe that it is also important to allow players to maintain alternates for ease of scheduling.

How many members of my team need to be online in order for me to join the Ranked Team queue?

At least five team members need to be available for your team to be able to queue for Summoner’s Rift, while at least three members of your team need to be online to queue for Twisted Treeline. The captain does not need to be online in order for the remainder of the team to play.

If I am a member of multiple teams, how do I choose which team I queue with?

After you have chosen your game type, you will be given the option to select which of your current teams you would like to enter the matchmaking queue. For more information on competing with your ranked team, visit our guide to Getting Started with Ranked Teams.

What do the “provisional” and “seeded” statuses mean?

When a team is first created, they are considered provisional. Provisional teams are not listed on the Ranked Team ladders, but are able to arrange and rearrange their team roster as frequently as they would like.

Only once a team has completed five games in any one ladder will a team be listed on the ladder. At this point the team is considered seeded and will only be able to add a single new member to the team lineup each week. The maximum number of players allowed on the team roster at any point in time is still eight.

Where can I view team ladder rankings?

Click here to view Ranked Team ladders!

I am a professional League of Legends player in an established team. How can I secure our team’s name and tag?

We are cognizant of the fact that many established teams will want to form a ranked team under their official banner. For this reason we have reserved the names of many of the more prominent eSports organizations in preparation for this event.

Tournaments

Is there a schedule for upcoming tournaments?

Yes. The League of Legends Competitive Site contains a comprehensive listing of all officially sanctions tournaments from the prestigious Challenger Circuit events on down to local Prized Events open to anyone who wishes to enroll.

If you would like to learn more about Challenger Circuit events, click here to visit the Season Two Circuit schedule.

To learn more about upcoming Prized Events that you can participate in, click here to visit the tournament listings on our League of Legends Competitive Site.

What is the difference between a Challenger Circuit event and a Prized Event?

Prized Events are generally open enrollment, allowing any summoner of any skill level to form a team with their friends and compete for the chance to win prizes.

The events that make up the Challenger Circuit are hosted by some of the most prestigious eSports organizations in the world through a partnership with Riot Games. These events award Circuit Points to competitors who finish in the top eight, allowing them to advance in the season standings and advance to the championships.

In order to participate in a Challenger Circuit event, you must generally place very highly in a qualifier tournament or pre-qualify through your performance in a previous circuit event.

How can my team register for a Challenger Circuit event?

In order to participate in a Challenger Circuit event, you must generally place very highly in a qualifier tournament hosted by the organization running the event or pre-qualify through your performance in a previous circuit event.

How does a team become a circuited team?

In order to become an accredited circuit team, your team must place in the top eight at a Challenger Circuit event.

What are the rules for a Challenger Circuit event?

Challenger Circuit events are run and regulated by one of our partners. Currently these partners include the Intel Extreme Masters, the IGN Pro League, and Major League Gaming, but more organizations will join the Challenger Circuit as time goes on. While each of these organizations maintains their own format for competitive events, there are also unified rules to which accredited circuit teams must adhere.

Where can I view the current standings for the Challenger Circuit?

Click here to view the current Challenger Circuit standing on the League of Legends Competitive site!

I want to participate in a Prized Event. Where can I find the rules?

Prized Events are organized and run by third party organizations that may maintain their own tournament rules and regulations. We recommend that you visit the tournament site of the Prized Event that you are registering for or contact their event organizer for a copy of the official rules.

What is the difference between the ban structure in a tournament and the ban structure in ranked play?

In a tournament, the time to pick each ban has been increased to 60 seconds from 30 seconds. The number of bans remains the same. The time has been increased to allow players additional time to select their bans strategically in the high pressure scenario of tournament play.