In single player games, over a large number of matches this rating is proven to converge, and will represent a player's skill [Elo, ]. The theory here is that it feels like more of an accomplishment to hit Gold V than to hit Elo which doesn't feel that different from hitting or hitting Whether the system intentionally tries to match slightly-weighted games or not is a matter that I have no real insight upon. A Silver player pushing for Gold should expect to see higher-tier players in their games. Alrighty, but if Elo is a 4 digit number then it can be but it can't, technically, be even though they have the same value. Matchmaking League of Legends banks on the fact that the game can create compelling matches on a regular basis for its players, and it does this by using Elo ratings as an MMR to put people together that it thinks will match up for a compelling game.
TL;DR Get better, win games, move up.
League of Legends Matchmaking Explained, Myths Debunked
I'll take a look at this tonight. From my experience, looking at a totally unscientific and not-random sampling of my own games, featured games, and other games that I have access to, it appears that the matchmaking system tries to make games that each team has a nearly-equal chance of winning. Alrighty, but if Elo is a 4 digit number then it can be but it can't, technically, be even though they have the same value. Maybe you aren't a great player, but your Alistar head butting and pulverizing allows your mediocre teammate Vayne to play like a good Vayne; maybe your warding as jungler keeps your top Darius from feeding the enemy jungler 3 kills. You must select two preferred positions when entering a draft queue. Elo Resets At the end of each season, Riot performs a partial reset of Elo ratings MMR ratings to bring the high and low ends of the Elo ratings closer to the center, and allows them to correct for problems such as Elo deflation or inflation due to Elo decay, players leaving the system, and the introduction of new players. A Silver player pushing for Gold should expect to see higher-tier players in their games.