Clash is here to stay in League of Legends, with the in-game tournament system a massive hit with players. Want to get in on the action yourself? We’ve got everything you need to know about signing up for the next bracket.
After years of testing and tinkering, Clash has finally arrived for good in League of Legends. The in-game tournament system pits players of equal skill together, and provides a more competitive environment than your standard ranked queue.
If you want to play Clash, but don’t know when the next bracket is, or how to sign-up, we’ve got everything you need to know so you can jump right into the action.
What is Clash?
Clash is an in-game tournament system for League, acting as a replacement for the old Ranked Fives queue. It allows for teams to organize themselves to participate in monthly tournaments against teams of a similar skill level.
There are eight teams in every Clash bracket, thrown together in a single-elimination style bracket. If you lose the first game though, you’ll have a chance at redemption in the consolation bracket, so it’s not all bad news.
You’ll be seeded against teams with a similar rank in your tier. There are four tiers in Clash — going from Tier IV as the lowest to Tier I at the top — based on your team’s average ranking and previous Clash performances.
How to sign-up for Clash in League of Legends
Before you can jump into the action, you need to make sure your League account is eligible. If you have hit level 30, have verified your League account by SMS, and currently have a rank in either Solo or Flex queue, you can play Clash.
From there, you just need to find four other friends, and add them to your team in the Clash bracket of the client. You will all need to pay an entry fee with tickets.
When the dues have been paid, you’ll have to wait for your bracket to unlock on the day before you can start playing. You’ll need to sign-up for every tournament individually, so if you want to play multiple times a weekend, be sure to sign-up twice.
When is the next Clash tournament in League of Legends?
There is a special Clash Hextech Cup happening on March 28 and 29, with Riot pushing forward a tournament while people remain under lockdown around the world.
It'll be on earlier than usual, starting at around midday in your server's local time, so be sure to check.
Some of you have already seen the update in the client, but YES we are having CLASH this weekend at a special time. Bringing it earlier than planned to help you & your crew have some fun during this time
— Riot Brightmoon (@RiotBrightmoon) March 25, 2020
After that, the regularly-scheduled Freljord Cup will be taking place. It follows on from the Demacia Cup, and is the second Clash tournament since its global release.
It will run over four days, however be sure to check in-game, as the start time on each day varies from region-to-region. The four days of Clash action are as follows:
- Day 1: April 11
- Day 2: April 12
- Day 3: May 9
- Day 4: May 10
The next Cup will be announced at the end of the Freljord Cup. Players should expect for the games to be held on the second weekend of every month for now.
What rewards are on offer for Clash?
Winning in Clash gives you Victory Points, which go towards unlocking a banner on your League profile.
On top of that, your banner will also display in your chosen lane on the Rift every time you load in. The more times you win, the better your banner will look.
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If you claim a bracket all for yourself, you’ll also take home a trophy. These trophies will display on your profile, as well as on the Rift for two weeks.
Regardless of result though, all players will receive a Clash Orb or Capsule, depending on whether they signed up with a regular ticket or a premium one.
More rewards are loaded into these depending on your result, with the premium capsule containing more goodies than the regular orb.
Skin shards, Clash logos, emotes, and more are jam-packed into each orb and capsule, however, so even if you bow out early, you’ll still get something.