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

Keep winning or risk getting a demotion to a previous tier or division.

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If you’ve 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 saying your “Demotion Shield” is “expiring.”

But before explaining what ‘Demotion Shield Expiring’ means, it’s important to understand what a Demotion Shield is in the first place.

What is a Demotion Shield?

After being promoted into a new division or tier for the first time, you’ll gain an effect known as a Demotion Shield, which will prevent you from dropping down a tier or division if you lose additional games. This is done to ensure that you don’t go back to a division after a couple of unfortunate games at your new ranking.

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 three games.

So if you’re 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’s what “Demotion Shield Expiring” signifies.

If you lose your next few matches right after being promoted, there’s a high chance you’ll end up dropping a division or tier. Then you’ll be forced to climb back up the ranked ladder again.

After you’ve been demoted, your LP will be set between 25 to 75, depending on how many losses you had when you were at zero LP. More losses will put you at a lower amount of LP.