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When does League of Legends Ranked Season 9 end?

Published: 20/Sep/2019 0:59 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 1:55

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends will come to an end, and there’s still a fair bit of time left to earn this year’s ranked rewards.

The developers revealed in their recently released Ask Riot feature that players have until Tuesday, November 19 to continue climbing the Season 9 ranked ladder. That means there’s still two months of grinding left to do for LoL’s most competitive players.

According to Riot’s competitive designer Jonathan ‘RiotIAmWalrus’ Moormann, however, this date isn’t written in stone, with potential changes to the season’s end to be advertized to players “if something weird happens” ahead of the announced final day.

Riot has also confirmed a host of rewards for the 2019 season, including the return of the much-praised Challenger recall for the top 200 players in each server.

Players will also be able to earn Summoner Icons, Ranked Armor upgrades, loading-screen borders, and dynamic champion-based emotes depending on their rank. Any player who finishes at Gold or above will earn this year’s as-yet-unannounced Victorious skin.

In years past there’s been a variety of champions that have been bestowed the ranked-reward skin, including Maokai, Graves, and Orianna in the past few seasons.

Riot GamesPopular mid lane mage Orianna received last season’s ranked rewards skin.

The impending end of Season 9’s ranked campaigns wasn’t the only thing that Riot confirmed in their Q&A feature – the developers also revealed some exciting news for those that prefer Riot’s fast-paced rotating game modes instead of playing Summoner’s Rift.

“We aren’t quite ready to say the exact patch, but you can expect ARURF in some form by the end of this year, with some minor adjustments we think you’ll like,” principal game designer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer confirmed, before taking players on a trip down memory lane.

“Do you remember when URF started as an April Fool’s Day joke?” he added, sharing the very first time the ability-loaded gamemode was previewed to fans.

These ranked rewards also come with a catch – you have to be a high enough honor level to reap the benefits of your competitive skill come November 19, and there were plenty of LoL players having a chuckle at the thought of toxic competitors not releasing that requirement.

“Oh boy, I can’t wait for people to be surprised and outraged that you need a high enough honor level to get end of season rewards, even though that’s been the case for years now,” one amused player said on Reddit.

Whether or not you’re at the rank you want to be for Season 9, the news is overall a welcome one. Players now have two more months to keep grinding away and seeing if they can reach their next level. Maybe there’s even a brand-new Challenger recall in some player’s futures.


Bjergsen retires from League of Legends to become TSM Head Coach

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:29 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 17:57

by Daniel Cleary


LCS veteran Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends, surprising fans with a transition to TSM’s Head Coach.

After winning multiple LCS titles and cementing himself as one of the greatest players to have competed in the LCS, Danish star Bjergsen revealed that he would be retiring from League of Legends on October 24.

Despite carrying TSM to another LCS win in the summer split and securing a spot at Worlds 2020, after their 0-6 record in the international event’s group stage, he released a vlog to give fans an update on his future.

bjergsen on LCS stage
Riot Games
Bjergsen has competed under multiple iterations of TSM.

In the TSM announcement video, Bjergsen confirmed that he would not be competing in the 2021 spring split and would be coaching the TSM roster instead.

“After playing professional League of Legends for about eight years and playing for TSM for close to six, I’m here to talk about the fact that I’m retiring as a professional player and stepping into the head coach role for TSM,” Bjergsen added.

The mid-laner explained that the decision was not made because of their Worlds showing and revealed that it was one he had thought about for quite a while.

“It probably comes a shock to a lot of you guys and I don’t want it to seem like it’s a sudden reaction to our poor Worlds run, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” he revealed, “I really wanted to have a good season before becoming a coach.”

As TSM’s general manager Parth Naidu had been filling in as head coach in 2020, the move makes a lot of sense from an organizational standpoint but will likely disappoint many fans of the star player.

Bjergsen has also been a part-owner of TSM, since re-signing with them in October 2019, meaning that he will likely be staying with the North American organization for the foreseeable future.

As of now, the future of TSM’s starting roster is still unclear, but it is likely that more roster moves will be revealed during League’s 2021 preseason.