A large part of the League of Legends community is determined in their grind to play ranked matches and climb the competitive ladder. However, just winning or losing isn’t all there is to it. Your climb gets affected by various factors, the most important of which is your MMR.
While there is no way of completely resetting your MMR, some methods can help; Winning more will increase your MMR and eventually fix it. MMR is soft reset at the start of a Season. Transferring accounts will somewhat reset your MMR. If all else fails, you can make a new account to start with a fresh MMR.
Your MMR affects the amount of LP you get or lose after a win or loss respectively. It is an important ranking system that determines which rank you belong to. MMR Reset should be looked at as the last resort option if nothing goes well, and should be avoided otherwise.
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What Is MMR
MMR stands for Matchmaking Rating. It is a hidden value given to each player that determines their rank. MMR is what Riot Games uses to place you at the rank they think you belong to. You are matched with and against players of similar MMR to make the match as balanced as possible.
MMR is a hidden number and Riot Games does not directly let you know what your MMR is. Some services claim to give you an estimation of your MMR such as this website.
MMR is the actual “rank” you are at, and your LP gains will reflect your MMR. You will gain more LP than you lose until you reach the rank determined by your MMR and vice versa. Thus ranking up in League of Legends is all about how high your MMR is compared to your current rank.
Before we get into the details of any method, we must first be very clear about certain things. Normally, there is no way of changing or resetting your MMR. The only way to increase your MMR is to win more games, and the only way to decrease your MMR is to lose games.
With that out of the way, let us take a look at some methods that can help you recover from a bad MMR and might help you alter them in your favor.
Win More Games
This is the most obvious and logical method. Your MMR depends on how much you win or lose. If you are gaining very less LP for every win and losing way too much on a loss; chances are your MMR is too low. If you keep winning more than you lose, your MMR will steadily improve.
Eventually, your MMR should be able to catch up with your rank. At that point, your LP gain and loss should be balanced. If you continue to win from that point onwards, your MMR will continue to grow and so will your LP gains.
Therefore, before trying any other method, make sure that you are not giving up too quickly. Keep playing the game and put in a considerable amount of games before you come to a conclusion regarding bad MMR or anything similar.
At the end of every ranked season, Riot Games performs a ‘Soft MMR Reset’. What it means is that every person who played the Ranked season will have their Rank and MMR set to a lower number. This allows players to get increased LP gains once the season starts.
Keep in mind that this is a soft reset and doesn’t completely determine your MMR from scratch. Instead, it takes the previous season’s MMR and lowers it to help players climb to their original rank faster once the season starts.
How It Works
If you are determined to reset your MMR after everything listed above, this is your best option. Transferring your account to another server and then transferring it back will help fix your MMR. This happens because the server you transfer your account to has not determined which rank you belong to.
Skills vary among servers and a Challenger player on one server may or may not be a Challenger player on another server. For example, if you transfer your Diamond 1 account from EUW to Turkey, your MMR will be retained up to a certain extent (Master 100LP).
Once you transfer to the new server, your rank will be lost. Unless you want to play on this server, you will have to transfer back to your original server. Now you will have to play your provisional games again.
Here you will need to do your best to win your first 5 games to gain the maximum amount of LP boost. If you retain a win rate above 65% after your provisional matches, you can continue to retain this huge LP gain rate. This allows you to reach peak ranks that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach. We do not endorse using transfers to inflate your rank.
Procedure To Transfer
Transferring to another region and back does not come at a cheap price. However, if you are still determined to do it, you can follow these steps to transfer your account:
- Open your League of Legends client and log in.
- Click the ‘Store’ tab in the top right corner.
- Right below it, on the far right side, will be a round button called ‘Account’. Click this button to take you to your transfer page.
- Once you are on the transfer page, a list of servers will be displayed to you along with their price.
- Click on your desired region (preferable EUNE, Russia, or Turkey if you plan to play there), and then click Continue.
If you don’t want to spend any money or simply don’t want to go through the hassle of everything listed above, then the last step remaining is just to create a new account. Creating a new account allows you to start everything from scratch and not be affected by your past performances.
Once you make a new account and reach Level 30, Ranked mode will be unlocked. You need to make sure you perform your absolute best in the first 5 games so that the system puts your MMR really high. You will start at a low ‘rank’ but that is of no concern. If you manage to secure a good MMR early on, the climb will be a breeze.
Riot Games cares a lot about what MMR is a player is assigned. After all, the balance of every match depends on this hidden number. This is why there is no direct way of resetting your MMR, but there are workarounds like transferring that allow you to gain a ‘second chance’. Make sure you use them at your own risk and do not waste your opportunities.