Published: 12/01/2020
Updated: 19/03/2020

LoL MMR Explained

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What is LoL MMR?


League of Legends MMR system uses the ELO concept firstly designed for chess, the system was meant to tell what the skill of the players is based on who they win and lose against. Nowadays it is used in almost all competitive ladders to match players of the same skill with each other, whether it's online gaming or sports. It has been with league of legends since the birth of the game and is still used up to this day.

What this means, in a nutshell, is that the higher division you have, the better your MMR is, and thus the longer it takes you to find equal opponents.

You can improve your MMR by winning, but we will talk about that later.



MMR in League of Legends


The MMR system in LoL will put two teams of equal average elo rating against each other, so for example if team 1 had one gold player, one diamond player, and three platinum players, the other team would have 5 platinum players to equalize the game MMR and skill level and make sure it's not an uneven match.

It works like this from the bottom positions to the top positions on the ladder, and on the borders of the ladder (in challenger and iron divisions) it might cause issues due to very few players being there- resulting in prolonged match search times and often uneven games, such as teams being composed in this way

  • team a - one challenger player, four diamond 1 players
  • team b - full grandmaster team

In League of Legends, the MMR system has been used since the beginning of the game, and your elo was visible up until the start of ranked season three, where Riot decided to cover up with a bunch of tiers and divisions to make the game more attractive for new players.


LoL MMR in Normal games


League client or any other tools don't directly show us our normal games MMR. Therefore it is considered hidden, so most people even question its existence, but fear not- it is there! Even if you have an account that doesn't have any ranked games on it ever, and put a challenger level player on it that goes on a 100- normal game winning streak, he will see massive increasement in the level of skill of the players in his games as well as their higher average ranked rank. 


Playing Normal games is definitely not pointless if you give it enough time, and it's an excellent way to practice your gameplay against strong players without fear of losing your ranked elo and division. Both blind pick and draft pick have hidden MMR.




lol mmr


Teamfight Tactics MMR works the same way ranked lol MMR does- visible division and rank, first ten placement games, the more games you place at top positions in, the better your MMR will be. 

One can argue that improving MMR in TFT is much easier than in ranked or normal games since you don't have to win every game, you have to place well. However, the negative of TFT MMR boosting or increasement is that the games are just much longer than the classic summoner's rift 5v5 ranked games, but then again, on another hand, at least you don't have a team that can mess it up for you!


MMR on Different Regions


MMR works the same way on all the LoL regions without any difference- North America, Europe West, Europe East, Korea, Latin America North, Russia, Turkey all use one exactly same MMR system.


Does MMR Transfer across regions?

Simply put- yes, it does, if you are transferring to a region your account hasn't been to before.

  • If your account was created on EUW, and you transfer to EUNE, you will keep your MMR.
  • If your account was created on EUW, you transfer to EUNE, and then you move back to EUW, it will regain the MMR it first had before the transfer to EUNE.

Your MMR transfers with your account regardless of the region. So you don't have to worry about losing your preciously ground elo. What doesn't move though is your rank- so if you are a challenger player and transfer to a new server, you will have to start from placements (but with challenger MMR), so you will skip divisions and get back to Challenger in roughly 50 games with a solid winratio.


What is high and low MMR? 


You can tell whether your MMR is low, normal, or high based on how much lp you gain or lose per game and what your rank is compared to the other players in your ranked matches.

If you gain

  • more than 40 LP per win, you will skip promotions and divisions
  • more than 25 LP per win, you are still good, but your MMR is starting to equalize
  • 20 lp per win, your MMR fits your rank and there is nothing to worry about, you are where you currently belong
  • 15-20 lp per win, your MMR is low, and your MMR will probably fix once you demote or win ten or twenty games in a row
  • less than 15 lp per win, your MMR is in elo hell, and it's a sign of a massive losing streak, it's tough to climb that way- the best method is duoing with somebody who is multiple divisions higher than you and going on a sizeable winning spree, you can do that here with us!


What affects your MMR?


When you play a fresh account to level 30, the first thing you want to do is play ranked and get placed on the competitive ladder!


Placement Games

Your first ranked games will be your placement games, these affect your MMR the most, with each match being less relevant (the first 10 are the most important and determine what ranking you will have). These are the most critical games on your accounts ever from an MMR perspective, so you want to make sure you win most of them

While playing your placement games, you start gaining League Points “LP” per win, but you don’t lose any LP after a loss, but that game will count because your LP gains in placement games are inflated to get you to your starting division.

After you finish the ten placement games, you start losing LP per loss but gain a lot of points per win. But when your wins and lose starts to equalize your LP gains begin to decrease or at some best cases are being the same number and would be the matchmaking system recognizing that you belong in the current division and your gains become average. You belong in that Match Making Rank (MMR). So, in short, that’s how the game calculates your MMR at this point.


Dodging in champion select doesn't affect MMR

Avoiding a game doesn't affect your MMR at all and dodging when you have a troll in your team, or you are counter picked, and the game is just much harder right from the start is an advised strategy for increasing your ranked win ratio and your MMR.


Troll games are just not worth playing your time, it is often just 20 minutes of wasted time, and in addition to that, your elo gets screwed.


Each game affects MMR

Each game affects your MMR. League Points are just fancy numbers.

  • When you lose a game at 0 lp and don't demote, your MMR gets worse.
  • When you win a game even though you only win 12lp, your MMR gets better.
  • Duoing with a player with better MMR (higher division) improves your MMR.
  • Duoing with a player with worse MMR (lower division) lowers your MMR.


Does ranked MMR affect normal games, TFT, or flex MMR?

The answer is no, each game mode has its separate MMR calculator and is not interlinked with each other. That's why winning normal games or flex seems much easier to higher ranked players- for example if you are a Diamond player in ranked queue and play normal games, you will win a lot with ease because you will play against people below your skill level since your normal MMR can still be stuck in bronze from when you leveled the account.



LoL MMR Chart


Until Season Three, the elo system was divided into five leagues, and it was something like this-


  • Bronze 0+ (18% 
  • Silver 1150+ (68%)
  • Gold 1500+ (13%)
  • Platinum 1850+ (1.5%)
  • Diamond 2220+ (0.1%)


It was much harder to climb back then, and your rank was worth it much more than now. 

To prove it, let's compare it to today's tiers!


  • Iron (2%)
  • Bronze (15%)
  • Silver (32%)
  • Gold (32%)
  • Platinum (15%)
  • Diamond (3.5%)
  • Master (0.05%)
  • Grandmaster (0.04%)
  • Challenger (0.02%)


Here we have a player base distribution by rank. You can notice that the majority of players are located in silver, gold, and platinum and that the player base on the borders of the ranked ladder gets very thin on both ends, in iron, and master or even higher.


lol mmr chart


LoL MMR Checker


Knowing your elo is a crucial part of determining how much lp you will gain and lose per game and how fast or slow you will climb divisions on the ranked ladder, since calculating MMR on your own is a bother and league client doesn't do it for you, you can use third party tools to do the job.

There are 2 ways to check your MMR

  1. You can use this LoL MMR checker that calculates how much league points you gain and lose in each ranked game, and therefore you can tell whether your gains are positive or negative, and whether your mmr is good or bad.
  2. Or you can do it manually, look at the ranked division you have and at the average division of your opponents in your 20 last games!

You can also use various tools to check your lol MMR, such as the MMR checker


How to improve your MMR


And finally, we will tell you how to improve your MMR!

Starting with the placement games, the first 10 ranked games you play, the more you win the better your starting rank will be and the higher MMR the account will have and you will start noticing that you are playing with people out of the current division you’re placed in because the ELO system recognizes that you don’t belong in that current skill level of players and you’re much better.

Another way is that you can play with a Duo partner to guarantee more wins with them and someone you have synergy with, and that’s why we encourage Duo boosting on our website to secure as many wins as possible up to 91% success ratio.

One of the simplest ways to put it on how to improve your Match Making Rank is by simply winning more than you’re losing since the system is primitive to that degree, it doesn’t take in consideration what is your score- your kill participation, your kills, deaths, assists, creeps score, vision score, objective score, honor, other game modes mmr. None of that matters.

Luckily for you, our service can help you get amazing MMR to get you started, or climb you to the rank you desire! Buy a boost now! You can also fix a shortcut to improving MMR by buying a high win ratio smurf account.

One of the last things you can use to improve your MMR will be knowing what champs to play and what champs are good to abuse at this point of the meta, and this guide will tell you all that you need in all five roles to improve your MMR.

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Published: 12/01/2020