LoL Arena rankings are something to keep in mind when grinding the new League of Legends game mode – but how do they work?
Patch 13.14 introduced a completely new game mode to League of Legends, the world’s most popular MOBA game called Arena. Arena is a 2v2v2v2 mode that is all about finding the best combos and builds, making them even better with power-ups, but most importantly: beating your opponents and becoming the king of the hill! Arena has taken the game and the community by storm, quickly becoming a fan favorite mode. While the current iteration of 2v2v2v2 is only a limited-time mode, Riot Games have expressed their intention to make it a permanent game mode once they iron out all the Arena details.
This action-packed spin on core League of Legends concepts is great, but it’s not immune to getting stale after a while, as the game has limited items and champions with limited combos (though it would take years or even decades to try everything…). That’s where ranks come in to give players something to work towards, giving them a sense of achievement and progress – and more importantly, bragging rights – when grinding the Arena. But what are the ranks in 2v2v2v2 mode and how can you get to the top?
LoL Arena Ranks
Currently, there are 5 levels in the Arena game mode that you can reach:
Summoner’s Rift Ranked has Iron (and the recently added Emerald rank between Platinum and Diamond), but Arena finally introduced the Wood rank which has been pondered by the community since the dawn of the Ranked Tier system. Of course, this is just for the first launch for LTM, so more ranks may be introduced once Riot Games has polished the Arena down the line.
How can you rank in LoL Arena?
Ranking in the new game mode is very simple: win the gauntlet, get points and if you have enough points, move on to the next stage – no promotional matches needed. Also, “winning” Arena isn’t the same as finishing 1str, as it’s enough to be in the top 2 to earn points, just like in ranked TFT, where the top 4 earn LPs, while the bottom 4 lose points. This means that you can go up five ranks fairly quickly, but you can also fall back down very easily.
Unlike TFT and Summoner’s Rift Ranked, Arena levels don’t have clear endings – for example, if you reach 2000 points, you don’t automatically advance to the next rank. The ratings are from top to bottom, measuring each player against the average rank of their peers: the top 100 players are considered Gladiators, then down to Wood, with the lowest level starting somewhere below 1500 points at the moment.
LoL Arena Rewards
While the Ranks scramble is nice and all, Riot Games managed to sweeten the pot for TFT and Summoner’s Rift Ranked by adding rewards at the end of each split, which happen twice a year for SR and with each new set for TFT. At the moment, the Arena has no rewards, as it is still somewhat of a trial, but if Riot Games are planning to make the mode permanent, they will surely give the top players something for their time.
While Arena is a limited-time mode, it doesn’t have an end date yet, so you can play your hearts out in 2v2v2v2 mode to reach the top ranks – don’t forget to check out our guide to the most champion combos OP is the new game mode!