Can you drop Tiers in LoL Ranked?

… and if so, what criteria must you meet? I keep hearing conflicted info, like

  • “Only through inactivity.”
  • “Only from challenger.”
  • “You can never drop Tiers.”
  • “Yes.”

Does anyone know definitively?


Season 4 Changes

Firstly, tier demotions do not happen immediately at 0 LP. First, you get a warning, then if you continue to lose games, you will then drop the tier.

Also, Shielding and MMR-based demotions have been added.

Shielding means that you are immune to dropping out of the tier for your first N games once you enter the tier. (TODO: Find the exact number)

Also, the tiers are more closely tied to MMR (your [M]atch[m]aking [R]ank). If you play well below the MMR of others in your tier, you will get a demotion warning in your profile, and then drop the tier if you continue to play badly.

For a hypothetical example of this, imagine that the MMR of Silver V is 1500, and the MMR of Gold V is 2000. If you are in Gold V and playing with a MMR of 1570, you will probably get the warning.

Season 3 System

First, the official sources: (Announcement / Image Only / FAQ / FAQ Mirror)

There are five normal tiers and then the challenger tier. Each tier has five divisions. When you win a game you get league points and when you lose a game you lose league points.

When you have 100 league points you will enter a promotion series. A division promotion series means you have to win two out of your next three matches to get promoted, while in a tier promotion series you have to win three out of five.

Once you enter a tier, you can not drop from it by losing games — but you can drop divisions. So if you are Gold I you could potentially drop to Gold II, but as long as you are active you will never get demoted to Silver tier.

As mentioned earlier, you can lose League Points by losing games, and this point loss will drop you divisions but NOT tiers when you go below 0.

But, when you’re inactive for 28 days, your League Points start decaying. This point loss will drop both divisions AND tiers — again, when you go below 0.

The decay rates are set by tier:

  • Bronze: No weekly decay (I assume this means you will stay in Bronze 1 unless you decide to lose some games)
  • Silver: 10 per week
  • Gold: 25 per week
  • Platinum: 35 per week
  • Diamond: 50 per week

The challenger tier is different – it has no divisions, and league points have no upper bound. Only 50 players and 32 teams (correct me if I’m wrong on the solo count) are allowed in there, and when a new challenger enters the tier, the person with the least league points will get demoted to Diamond I (the top division of the otherwise top tier).
Inactivity starts after 7 days, not 28.

When someone completes their Promotion series for Challenger, the lowest player / team in Challenger is Bumped and dropped to Diamond I. This seems to be in order to keep the challenger as a list of the best current players in League of Legends.

The priority list for bumping out of Challenger:

  • If any player / team is inactive (remember, 7 days), only an inactive player / team can be bumped.
  • The player / team with the lowest league points will be bumped.
  • (Unknown behavior to resolve LP ties)

To summarize:

  • Can you drop tiers other than Challenger?
    • Yes, by Decay ONLY.
  • Can you drop divisions?
    • Yes, by Decay OR Losing.
  • Can you drop Challenger tier?
    • Yes, by Decay OR Losing OR Bumped.

Source : Link , Question Author : Aren , Answer Author : Riking

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