Ranked games are the competitive alternative to normal games. A ranked game is a game of the Draft Pick type which is only available to level 30 summoners who have purchased at least 16 champions in the Store.
The first ten ranked matches a summoner plays in each mode are called placement matches. The results of these placement matches are used to assign the summoner to a tier and division in the League system.
Following the Season 7 changes the old Solo/Duo Queue system was reintroduced. Like in the old dynamic queue system you can choose the 2 roles you want to play (Top, Jungle, Mid, Bot, Support, Fill), but you are not guaranteed to get one of them. After you played a game where you didn't receive one of the roles you desired, you are guaranteed to get one of your 2 roles for the next few games.
New Ranked queue that enables premades.
In general the community takes it way less serious than Solo/Duo Queue
Since January 2016 the champion select is based on the updated Draft Pick. If you launch it, you will get in a lobby, where you will be able to pick a primary and secondary position (Top, Jungle, Mid, Bot/ADC, Support).
- Banning Phase: At the start of champion selection, the last 3 picks of each team have the opportunity to ban a total of 6 champions. The bans alternate between the teams, blue team starting. During the banning phase, each team can see their opponent's available champions in order to ban viable options.
- Champion Selection: Players are given a position, based on the 2 positions that they chose in the lobby. The team that receives first ban gets the first pick. After the initial pick, teams alternate and pick two at a time until each champion has been selected. No champion can be selected more than once in a game.
- Trade: When all the members of a team have locked in, there is an opportunity to make a trade within your team. Both members of the team must own both champions involved. One player can initate the trade, and when the other confirms it their champions are swapped. It is possible to execute multiple trades before the game begins. Therefore, trades are often implemented in order to secure high tier champions early on to be swapped with the intended player instead of risking the other team taking them.
- Leaves: Queue dodging is punished by 6 minutes of wait for the first offense and 30 minutes to 1 hour for subsequent offenses. Leaves are punished by a loss of elo for the player regardless of the match's outcome if the player is AFK for at least 5 minutes before the game ends.
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