Teamfight Tactics (TFT): Seasonal Rank System - July 2019

Teamfight Tactics (TFT): Seasonal Rank System - July 2019

The rank system in Teamfight Tactics (TFT) is composed of 9 ranks split in 4 tiers each. Find out all the info shared by Riot devs SapMagic, IAmWalrus, Stimhack, and MapleNectar on the MMR system.

I will monitor both the dev blogs and their social profiles to update this article over time with all the info we have on the rank system and distribution.

Beta season

The beta ranked season starts on July 17th, 2019 with patch 9.14. Each season will have a duration of three to four months and will feature a unique flavor with new champions, items, and synergies.

At the end of each season there will be a soft reset. The developers expect new seasons to shake up the meta, so we will be demoted by several divisions.

They decided to use the same tiers and divisions of League of Legends, so “being Diamond in TFT should be similar to being Diamond in LoL, and only the best players should be able to reach Challenger.”

There are a total of nine main ranks, and the first six are split into four divisions each:

  • Iron IV to I

  • Bronze IV to I

  • Silver IV to I

  • Gold IV to I

  • Platinum IV to I

  • Diamond IV to I

  • Master

  • GrandMaster

  • Challenger

Teamfight Tactics rank system - Riot

Teamfight Tactics rank system - Riot

Gaining and losing rank

It is necessary to reach at least the top 4 in a match to rank up. Generally, LP (League Points) are awarded to the best four players in each match, while the remaining ones will lose them.

The matchmaking system in Teamfight Tactics is quite complex as we are talking about a 8-player game, so you might end dropping rank even with a top 4 placement, depending on the rank of the opponents faced.

Moreover, you will earn/lose lots of LP ending first/last in a match, so your rank will change quicker than in League of Legends. 

Ranked party queue and restrictions

The developers want to offer a fun and social experience to players ranked at Gold and below, while they will tighten the premade size at Platinum and above for competitive reasons. 

This is the current plan:

  • Premades of up to five for Gold and below.

  • Premades of up to three for Platinum and above.

The image below shows who can queue with whom depending on their rank.

 
Teamfight Tactics ranked party restrictions - Riot

Teamfight Tactics ranked party restrictions - Riot

 

Many players are worried about potential abuses. Premades could boost one of their members using four smurfs, and even interfere with the gameplay of the other players with “cheats” (such as helping each other during the Carousel stage), but the developers promised they will act if restrictions are necessary.

We believe that TFT is different enough from SR that we wanted to take a stab at letting players play ranked with friends, but we’re super aware that abuse cases may crop up. 

We’ll be watching closely to make sure TFT ranked is a competitive experience and that your rank feels meaningful. If we end up needing to further restrict premade size than we will, but we wanted to start here and see how it goes!
— Richard “MapleNectar” Henkel - TFT Product Lead

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