What does ‘Demotion Shield Expiring’ mean in League of Legends?

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If you have been playing League of Legends or Teamfight Tactics ranked modes for some time now, you might have come across a message next to your shield on your profile stating that your “Demotion Shield” is “expiring.”

But what exactly does it mean?

Well, after being promoted into a new division or tier for the first time, you will gain an effect known as a demotion “shield” which will prevent you from dropping down a tier/division if you lose additional games.

This shield usually lasts for about three games after advancing a division and 10 games after advancing a tier. For Master Tier, however, everything is just 3 games.

So if you are in Platinum V, for example, you won’t drop to Gold I for a short period of time. This shield, however, can expire and that is what “Demotion Shield Expiring” signifies, so if you lose your next match or next few matches, there is a high chance you will end up dropping a division or tier.

After you have been demoted, your LP will be set between 25 to 75, depending on how many losses you had when you were at 0 LP.