What is Ranked Flex?

Now that the 2016 Season is over, it’s time to enter preseason. Preseason is the time between one ranked season and the next where we make big changes to the game. It’s a good opportunity to get used to the new changes and practice for the 2017 Season.

Preseason begins with Patch 6.22, and ends on December 6th with the start of the 2017 Season. There is absolutely no inactivity or decay penalties during the preseason, even for Master/Challenger players. Decay penalties will resume at the beginning of the 2017 Season.

 

GAMEPLAY UPDATES

 

QUEUE UPDATES

 

HOW ARE MY RANKINGS DETERMINED FOR THESE NEW QUEUES?

As soon as the preseason begins, you may appear to be unranked. Your dynamic queue rating is the basis for both Solo/Duo queue and Flex queue, but only Flex queue is available at the start of the preseason.

Even if you place during preseason, you’ll become unranked again in all queues once the 2017 Season begins. In order to earn a ranking for a queue, you’ll need to play ten placement matches in that queue. After your placements, your ranked will be based on the outcome of those matches as well as your performance in the 2016 Season and preseason.

As you place during preseason and the 2017 Season, expect your initial ranking to be lower than the rank you ended the 2016 Season with. Remember that each season is a fresh start with big gameplay changes, so where you begin the season isn’t where you’ll end it.

 

2016 SEASON RANKED REWARDS

You’ll receive rewards based on your performance during the 2016 Season during the preseason. Rewards are granted in waves, so some players may receive theirs before others. If you’re eligible for rewards, you should have them within two weeks of the season’s end. If it’s been more than two weeks and you still don’t have any rewards, send us a ticket and we’ll check it out.

 

LOADING SCREEN BORDERS

Part of your season rewards package is a loading screen border. Your new border will be visible once you receive your ranked rewards. There are a few new queues this season, so here’s where your borders will appear:

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