The League of Legends subreddit community is up in arms again—and this time it’s for a good reason.
Many players, particularly in the upper echelon of the competitive ladder, were experiencing MMR issues in the opening stages of the season. When Riot Games added the new Iron and Grandmaster ranks in Patch 8.24, and Diamond V was removed—players were bumped up to Diamond IV. There was also a glitch that was dramatically increasing some players’ LP, allowing them to advance divisions above their intended rank. As a direct result, LP gains have been vastly affected.
The glitch has been fixed, and the MMR issues have been altered, but the resulting snowball effect is still underway. Although Riot has gone out of its way to amend the issues, the ladder has yet to be reset.
This means the issues have essentially caused a rippling effect across the ladder, and are, for the most part, directly impacting players in the top ranks. Instead of high ranked players queuing into players with a similar skill, they’re facing off against players that are punching way above their intended rank.
A similar problem happened with League of Legends’ Dynamic Queue in 2016, and it took years to naturally fix itself. When the system was implemented into the game, it was intended to replace Solo/Duo Queue and team ranking. Instead, it instantly received criticism from the player base, and just like the issues with the current season, it negatively impacted higher ranked players.
Even the lead producer of League of Legends admitted it was a mistake. “It’s [Dynamic queue] undermined competitive integrity at the highest levels of play. It’s taken us too long to get here and we apologize for the delay,” wrote New001 in 2016.
The current issues are causing an ongoing rift in the community, and former professional players, streamers, and commentators are chiming in to offer their advice on the matter— and they’re all saying the same thing.