TFT Ranking System Explained

Posted on October 1, 2021

Riot’s Teamfight Tactics is a competitive auto chess game based on the League of Legends universe. The game uses the same familiar champions and has identical TFT ranks like League of Legends. Even though TFT is much more forgiving towards newer and veteran players, achieving a high TFT rank still requires a lot of effort and knowledge of the game.

We’ll use this opportunity to shed some light on the TFT ranking system, explain how it works, and how to get ranked in TFT.

TFT Ranked Tiers

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Before going any further, it’s important to mention the different TFT ranks there are in the game. Just like League of Legends, TFT has nine rank tiers in total.

  • Iron
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Master
  • Grandmaster
  • Challenger

TFT Ranked Seasons

One of the biggest differences between TFT and League of Legends is that TFT has a much shorter ranked season, and there’s no requirements to start playing ranked in TFT.

TFT is not only a bit more casual when it comes to the game’s playstyle, but it also caters to a slightly different audience. On top of that, TFT is very dynamic and introduces new sets of champions every new season. This is why TFT ranking seasons tend to be shorter, lasting for a couple of months only.

But this is a huge positive for Riot Games as they can have three or even four TFT ranked seasons each year, giving the player base an opportunity to experience multiple sets of champions and thus keeping the game fresh and exciting for longer periods.

TFT Rank Promotions and Placements

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Image Credits | Riot Games

Since every new TFT ranked season introduces a new set of champions, players are forced to start over again and learn the new set. This, of course, is nothing new as it’s common practice in League of Legends to play five placement matches at the start of every new season to determine your starting rank.

TFT does the same, and every new season players will have to play the same five placement matches after which they’ll be placed into the league.

Keep in mind that you don’t lose any LP during these five placement matches, but instead you gain increased LP from winning. Winning these five matches is a good way of gaining an early head start in the TFT ranked season.

To climb the ranks in TFT, you’ll have to earn LP points. Every 100 LP points earned will bump you up into the next division and you’ll retain all the leftover LP when you get promoted. Keeping your LP high will ensure continuous progress in TFT ranks, but at the same time, losing LP can get your demoted.

Demotion and Decay

Getting demoted in TFT is no pleasant experience, and naturally, everyone wishes to avoid it if possible. Here’s a few key information you should know about TFT demotions.

First of all, you can only get demoted if your LP is at 0. This means that as long as you’re above that, you’re safe. There’s also a second condition tied to this. You will demote in TFT ranks if your LP is 0 and your MMR is too low for the current rank you’re in.

Aside from demotions, there’s also this thing called decay in TFT. Starting from the Masters rank and above, players will bank up to ten games. Then, one banked game will be removed each day. If there’s no banked games to be removed, the player will lose 250 LP instead.

If players continue playing each day and make sure they have banked games, focus on maintaining their MMR, and continue winning more than losing, then there is no fear of demotion and reaching Challenger becomes a realistic possibility.

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Image Credits | Riot Games

Climbing TFT Ranks Fast

With the TFT ranking explained, we now turn our focus towards progressing TFT ranks. Just like in League of Legends, playing with friends can positively impact your TFT ranks and it’s a good way of improving your odds of winning.

TFT does have a few restrictions when it comes to queueing ranked with friends. You can queue in parties of five when you’re Gold rank or below. If you’re Platinum or above, you can only queue in parties of three.

Queuing in a party already provides a significant advantage. By having these restrictions, Riot is ensuring that ranked stays fair and competitive for everyone.

Reasons to Play TFT Ranked

Teamfight Tactics is an incredible game which can be played on both desktop PCs and your mobile devices. In fact, TFT has largely contributed towards Riot earning over $100 million from their mobile titles, which just shows how popular the game is.

But that’s not all. TFT also has an active esports scene and Riot is organising some great TFT esports events with pretty lucrative rewards.

And finally, the game is super fun. This might be the biggest reason to give TFT a shot and test your skill in TFT ranks. It’s a perfect mix of casual and competitive, and you can play it from anywhere. It’s very easy to get started and you can immediately jump into ranked matches.

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