League of Legends: We calculated the time needed to go up a level... And it's long!

League of Legends: We calculated the time needed to go up a level… And it’s long!


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It’s no secret that LoL is a time-consuming game. Firstly because its games can last up to 50 minutes (and more) in the most extreme cases, but also because players tend to chain games to try to climb the rankings. But do you know how long it takes to go up a level? We tell you everything.

If you want to worry a League of Legends player, just ask them how long they spent in the game in total. And some websites allow to have an indication as terrifying as precise, none will detail you the time necessary to go up a level on the classification of the ruthless SoloQ. Indeed, between the games sometimes lasting a good 40 minutes (and ending in failure half the time), the little LP that can sometimes be won in the event of victory, and the promotion matches that seem to attract the upper crust MOBA trolls from Riot Games, it is sometimes difficult to realize how much time you spend trying to finally reach the landing above. So to help you realize this joyful waste of time, we’ve done the math for you.


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If you don’t play League of Legends yourself but are reading this article (to help a friend who may have fallen into this downward spiral, for example), it’s important to remember how the game’s ranked games work. In Riot Games’ MOBA, players can play a ranked mode, which will earn or lose points for each victory or defeat (= the famous LP). The goal will then be to win as many games as possible to move up the rankings. The latter is divided into several stages classified as follows, from the worst to the best:

  • Iron
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Or
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Master
  • Grand Master
  • Challenger

Apart from the last three levels, each of them is also divided into 4 divisions (the worst being IV, the best I). To move from one division to another, it will be necessary to accumulate 100 LP. To move from one level to another, you will have to reach Division I, accumulate 100 LP, and win what are called promotion matches. This is a series of 5 matches, of which 3 victories are enough to reach the upper level. Knowing that the number of LP obtained by victories (or lost by defeats) can vary widely depending on each person’s win rate, and that games last between 25 and 33 minutes on average… You now understand why League of Legends players spend a lot of time on the game.

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League of Legends: We calculated the time needed to go up a level... And it's long!

Now that the basics are laid, it suffices to rely on the calculation of the number of games necessary to go up a level made by the Reddit user Bypolarpolarbear to find the time you need to achieve it. Be careful though, the average duration of a game varies by a few minutes depending on the level in which you play. The website Graphics League lists precisely these values, which we will use for our calculation.

According to the previously cited Reddit user, it would therefore take around 80 games to complete a whole tier and move on to the next for a player with a 55% win rate. If you’re good enough to hit 60% wins, the number of games needed goes down to around 35. By multiplying this number of games by the average duration of the latter, we arrive at the following results:

Landing Average duration of a game 60% win rate 55% win rate
Bronze 32:47 7:07 p.m. 43:42
Silver 32:14 6:48 p.m. 42:58
Or 31:49 6:34 p.m. 42:25
Platinum 31:08 6:10 p.m. 41:31
Diamond 30:18 5:41 p.m. 40:24
Master 29:08 4:59 p.m. 38h50

If these values ​​impress you, you are not at the end of your surprises. Indeed, they represent only the playing time in the game, and therefore excludes the time to choose and ban champions, as well as the possibility of losing promotion matches (which nevertheless happens relatively often, and which wastes a lot of time). By adding this data to the calculation, there is no doubt that it would take several hours more.

In other words, by taking a rough average, going from one level to another will take you about 40 hours if you are slightly better than your rank, and therefore deserve to move up. It’s up to you to see if you wouldn’t prefer to finish a good solo game instead…

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