Riot Games, the company behind phenomenal free to play success story, League of Legends, has changed up the way it handles ranked matches for the beginning of season 3, where gifted amateurs that rise through the ranks will be able to compete against pro teams.
For the first time in season 3, there will be a full six tiers of competitive play in ranked games, beginning with bronze and rising through silver, gold, platinum, diamond and challenger. Players will have to battle their way up the ranks in order to become eligible to play against the professionals, winning a lot of matches in best out of three and best out of five scenarios in order to advance.
The best 32 teams in the 5v5 challenger bracket will then compete in a tournament, of which the top eight from that will compete against the bottom four pro teams from the current season. Whoever gets into the top four of that tournament will then get a chance to play against the best in the world.
While this is ridiculously unlikely even if you’re a very good LoL player and have great team mates also, bear in mind that this is a huge shortcut to professional level gaming. Imagine if the same were true of traditional sports?
KitGuru Says: Admittedly the whole thing is pretty confusing. Fortunately Riot created a handy infographic to explain things. I’m gradually getting better, but still nothing to shout home about. What about you guys? Got a good ELO? Looking for others to play with? Let us know know, maybe KG can get its own team together.