UPDATE: Challenger slots have been increase to allow for up to 6 players total.
So TT Ranked has been a thing for a couple of months now. We're seeing sustained engagement with the queue so I'm happy to announce that for now the queue is here to stay **as long as engagement keeps up**.
We'd like to increase the amount of days per week that TT Ranked can be played to make it easier to engage with the queue on a weekly basis. Expanding the number of days allows more people access to the queue who may not be able to play on a single given day.
However, there are real concerns that this could exacerbate queue times - if players are choosing to play on only one particular day, this would reduce the amount of people who are in the queue - particularly towards the beginning and the end of the day. The focusing of players into a shorter period of time is why limited queues are able to sustain themselves when they wouldn't if available 24/7.
We're taking a small step in that direction, by TESTING an expansion of TT Ranked to two nights a week, but reducing the amount of hours that the queue is active per day. Starting this week TT Ranked Flex will be available:
Thursday: 5:00pm - 0:00am AEST (7 hours)
Friday: 5:00pm - 0:00am AEST (7 hours)**
In short, total hours that TT Ranked will be available is going up to 14 hours per week, from 10, and 2 nights per week from 1.
Again, this is a test, and any changes may have to be reverted or at least iterated on. We'll keep you up to date if anything changes.
Additionally, due to the tiny amount of players relative to Summoner's Rift, we've had to set a special configuration for Diamond, Master and Challenger tiers in TT Ranked.
How special? Well...
**Since there are so few opportunities to play TT Ranked, we've eased the pressure on decay rates and promo series timeouts at the top of the ladder:**
Challenger & Master tier - Each game played grants 4 "banked" days of no LP decay, up to a maximum of 16 days saved up.
Diamond V - I: The number of days before a promo series expires has been increased to 8.
This effectively means that you are able to miss **one week of ranked TT before decaying in Master/Challenger** and can reach a promo series in Diamond one week and still be able to play it out the week after.
**TT ranks in OCE above Diamond I are now restricted to only allow the following amount of players:**
Master tier - CORRECTION: there is no cap on Master tier. If you can achieve a high enough MMR in the queue, you can break into Master tier.
**UPDATED** Challenger tier - Maximum of **6** players
So, pretty special. There are already 3 Challengers sitting atop the ladder, so get up there and knock them down!
See you on the Treeline.