This is how I "think" the ladder system works, after 400 solo wins and having played with tons of teams. Do not take any of the information for granted, as I do not know if this is how it actually works. Also, I will only talk about the Champions Series, not the Moshpit Series, as I'm not experienced with that.
If you're in the placement ranks (solo), and you haven't played in any of the previous seasons, your rank will be determined by two things; how many wins/losses you get during the placement ranks, and what the enemy ranks are.
So if you win 5/5 games, and the enemy ranks are all below "Gold", you'll probably be put into any of the divisions below "Gold".
If you win 4/5 games, but in two of the games, the entire enemy team was ranked "Masters", you might get into "Gold", or even "Platinum".
So you do not need to win all of your games, as long as you beat high-ranked enemies.
When it comes to placement games of teams, it's more likely that you'll be placed in Gold/Platinum, as long as you win 4/5 games, even though the enemies were all Irons.. I don't know why, but that's what I've experienced from 20+ different teams.
If you have played in a previous season, the ranking system will take that into account, and "boost" your new rank. So if you used to be in Gold, and you win only 2/5 placement games, you'll still get into Gold, and if you win 4/5 placement games, you might even get Platinum. Easy, huh? This is because the ranking system knows how good you really are, based on the previous season-rank. If you were in Masters, you'll probably be ranked Platinum, then you'll have to win a couple of games, and woahla, you're in Masters again.
Okay, done with the placement games. How do you advance through the divisions, and how does the ladder-point system work, after each win or loss?
To advance through the divisions, there's three things you'll need to be aware of; win streak, your current placing in your sub-division, and the enemy ranks.
If you constantly win, and you get very high win streaks, it's most likely that you will be advanced to the next division (from Silver - Gold etc..). However, this is usually really hard for low-ranked players, not necessarly because they are bad, but you often get put into really bad teams, where some might even dashboard etc.
If this happens to you, you'll have to keep grinding League Play. This means that you'll have to play a lot of games, in order to stay in the top 10 in your sub-division. If you're ranked top 10, it's easier to advance to the next divsion, than if you're at top 100, because there's more advantages for you. At top 100, you need high win streaks. At top 10, you need high win streaks, but at the same time, you'll always be one of the prioritized to move up into a completely new sub-division, in the next rank. Might be a tricky sentence; let's try to explain that a bit better.
You've been rank 1 in Platinum for a week now, and you keep getting like 4-5 win streaks, but then you loose. In order for you to rank up now, since you're not able to get those damn high win streaks, you simply just have to wait (of course, it's even better if you keep getting ladder points). Within a couple of hours, days, weeks (depending on how far into the season you are), there will be new sub-divisions opening up, letting top players from the divisions below to enter a higher division. So if you're rank 1 Platinum, and there's a new Masters sub-division, you will be prioritized to move up there. You do not have to worry about being online at the perfect timing, as you will advance up no matter what. You can be offline, you can be in lobby, pre-game lobby or after a game is done. So that's how you'll rank up to the next division if you're top 10.
Now, for the ladder points system..
This part of League Play, is what needs an update!!
First of all, League Play is supposed to match you against players with the similar rank. This does not work. Only happens about 60-70% of the time.
If you're in Iron or Bronze, and since the match-making doesn't really work, you get put into a game against Masters and you win, the heck. You might just get 10 points. Actually, you'll most likely get below 50 points every time.
However, if you're in Masters, and you get put against Irons, and you win (which usually is really easy), you'll get 100-150 points. Say WHAT!!!?
Yes, indeed. However, a game with only top 10 Masters in both teams, you usually get 10-50 points..
Masters vs Masters = 10-50 pts
Masters vs Platinum = 10-50 pts
Masters vs Gold = 10-70 pts
Masters vs Silver = 10-150 pts
Masters vs Bronze = 50-150 pts
Masters vs Iron = 100-150 pts (10 pts on rare occasions)
Any vs Masters = 10-50 pts......
How it should be:
Masters vs Masters 50-150 pts (depending on how good the game is)
Masters vs Platinum 30-130 pts
Masters vs Gold 10-110 pts
Masters vs Silver 10-90 pts
Masters vs Bronze 10-70 pts
Masters vs Iron 10-50 pts.
Beating a team of Masters is harder, and should therefore be rewarded with more points. But since that's not how it works, many masters decide to dashboard coz they'll probably lose 150 pts if they lose, but only get 10 pts if they win... I get them, even though I hate when people dashboards.
Well guys, for those few of you who bothered to read everything, what is your thoughts?
Have you experienced the same?
Are you just as pissed as me, because of this?
Also, fix the damn game after the previous patch, guys! The "Host Migration" doesn't work!.