PvP Ladder: Rank Up system [August 2019 Updated]

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update 20/08/2019

Notable Changes [starts from 27 August 2019]

No More Demotion!

  • Players will no longer be demoted for losing, except Legend 2 and 3. However, the players' rank will still be demoted at the end of the season.

New Rank Added

♦ In order to keep Ranked Duels without demotions, the following ranks will be added. Therefore, players will be demoted by 7 ranks instead of 5 when a new season begins with the addition of new ranks.

  • Bronze Rank 6-7
  • Silver Rank 6-7
  • Gold Rank 6-7
  • Platinum Rank 6-7

Cumulative Rewards Update

  • Players will get Gems every time they win a duel, up until their 50th win.
  • Card Tickets will be given out for every 5th and 10th win.
  • There will be a few changes to rewards such as UR and SR Tickets.

Winning System

A lot of people are confused about how many wins are needed to rank up on the PvP ladder in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, hopefully this guide will clear some misconceptions up or answer your questions.

To rank up you either need to go +X (where X is a number dependant on your rank; for gold it’s 3, platinum it’s 4 and legend it’s 5) OR you need to have an X-win streak, again where X depends on your rank. (an X-win streak trumps everything, it doesn’t matter how many losses you had before)

What does it mean to go +X? Imagine you just got to Platinum 3,and you go “WWLWWLWW” (with W being a win, and L being a loss) you’ll have ranked up to Platinum 4 because your overall score was +4 wins.

A lot of the misconception comes from the fact that people forget the losses you get when first getting to a new rank will also count (your score can go under zero). For example you just achieved Platinum 3, and you go “LWWLWWLWW” , this will not make you rank up because currently you are at +3 wins.
HOWEVER even if you did get a loss at the start, if you would get a +4 win streak in Platinum, you will be promoted, no matter the losses before the win streak. So at Platinum 3 going “LWWWW” will make you rank up, but “LWWWLWW” wouldn’t make you rank up because you’re only at +3 wins.

The way you’ll get demoted from a rank is by having a 3-Loss streak OR by going -3 (this is the same number for Gold, Platinum, Legend); if you just got to Legend 2 and go “LLWLL” you’ll be demoted because your score just hit -3. But don’t forget you can never be demoted when you are in Gold 1, Platinum 1, Legend1 or KoG…. So once you get to Legend 1 you don’t have to fear dropping back down to Platinum 5.

To rank up from Legend 3 to King of Games you always need a 5-win streak, but you do not need a win streak to get from Gold 5 to Platinum 1 or to get from Platinum 5 to Legend 1.

If you correctly understand how this system works you can know exactly when you’ll start a promotion match (or a demotion match).


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F2P 6days ago
All deck can climb now.
Thanks for the gems.
Anonymous 6days ago
I can no longer stay in Gold rank for farming wins and playing fun decks. :((
<< Anonymous
GAZ 30days ago Reply
Fun is the deck that wins, if you are talking about your pref, play stromberg with maju, magicians, toons, darklords with fortune cards, Ive even seen some variations of aromage that can win of course neos
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 11days ago Reply
What's wrong in ranking up to legend or platinum?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 6days ago Reply
The amount of meta decks you found increases when you reach higher ranks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 6days ago Reply
nope in legend up you will find only neos in many form, what so booring day
+5 to promote, -3 to demote is a NO.

+5, -5 will be fairer.
<< Anonymous(Shield)
Anonymous Reply
Give this guy a medal. Let people buy shield if they want to keep their current rank without getting promoted/demoted.
<< Anonymous(Shield)
Anonymous Reply
konami release shield?? say no more! I will purchase it right away
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 24days ago Reply
Thats just dumb, losses should count for more to make it harder. no sense in just giving out so many free loss passes
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
Agree, not only fairer but good for non meta decks too. We want to have fun not grinding chore.
Anonymous 23days ago
Legend rank is full of neos fusion abuse, ban when? Neos subterrors, neos desperado, neos cyberdark, neos fortune lady. NO JUST NO
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
<< Anonymous
BWC 22days ago Reply
Neos is easy to counter the other matchups are situational just have to adjust your deck.
Remove 5 ws from Leg3 to KoG. It's bs with bs.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
Yes, a very stupid system. You could literally have 90 percent win rate and still doesn't promote somehow. 🔥 Konami for this. Thank God I never paid a single cent.
<< Anonymous
BWC 22days ago Reply
It’s not 5 wins in a row can’t explain the ranking system but you don’t always need 5 consecutive wins to advance. You have to go on a long enough win streak but losing two matches in a row screws you I know that much
Anonymous 22days ago
You need 5 consecutive wins to promote to KOG? So, theoretically you could have +100 wins and still don't get the promotion? This is very stupid. I have no idea why nobody here seems to complain about that. I keep losing after my fourth consecutive wins over and over again. The 🔥, this ranked system is stupid.
Anonymous 23days ago
-5 demote or 🔥 off
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Why they lied about the revamp advertisement?
Now PvP is harder and less reward.
lol the ticket distribution is still as terrible as before.

Only notable change is that now the SR ticket only takes 25 wins instead of 30.
Players will get Gems every time they win a duel, up until their 50th win.
Question: How many gems per win do we get?
<< Anonymous
5 gems Reply
5 gems per win and then ticket every 5 wins. so only around 200 gems
<< Anonymous(5 gems)
Anonymous Reply
surprising that noone is raging over the gem rewards yet
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They probably still counting whether is the amount of gems now better then before.
<< Anonymous(5 gems)
CC Reply
5 gems until 50th win means only 250 means 5 packs only.
Just to be sure this (5 gems) is different from 5 gems as in cumulative reward?? or it's the same??
Instead of demotion, I concern more about cumulative rewards. If you only get 10 gems per win and won't get anymore after your 50th win, it means you will only get 500 gems per month, which is only worth 10 packs. I hope it would be 20 or 30 gems per win, but knowing how Konami deal with things makes me feel hopeless
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
One gem per win, like in the lottery.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
"5 gems per win" actually happened
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Only 5 gems per win????
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yes. 5 gem per win and every 5th win, you get a ticket instad. lol

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