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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Anonymous 2days ago
as a 5 times kog player i say get rid of the streak system and also match up legend 1 with legend 1 more times and etc.there should be more brackets in legend .like legend 1 or legend 1-2 and legend 2 or 3-4 than legend would be legend 1-2 1 bracket legend 3-4 one more bracket and legend 5 last would have more chance to face an opponent from your own bracket at least.and less from a higher bracket.this way the challenge will be left but no with the streak system as it would be even more unfair than this
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
How bout no winstreak system and use point based rank system instead like many other games.
I wonder why people write here, when actually, this website does not belong to Konami nor it's related to it.
<< Anonymous
exorcist 24days ago Reply
Because it's public.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
cos ur du mb
anonymous 2days ago
what so important winning duel when you still legend 1?

if you see rare deck your opponent play, cant you keep playing?

whats the urge to end so fast?

-naturia deck
-ghostick deck
-madolche deck
-toon deck
-babboon deck
-worm deck

Seriously room duel still the best. pvp boring legend 1 end fast as if legend 5 1 more win Kog
<< Anonymous(anonymous)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
I guess it is because people want to get KOG asap, so then they can freely play fun and casual decks because after reach KOG, win or lose doesn't matter anymore

TLDR: because Legend 1 is still in the competitive zone.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Nah, they just afraid of losing from something they don't understand
If I was KOG last season how does it go after reset?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You start at Platinum 6 if I remember correctly.
Tammy Marie Lou
WHY can't I go above silver rank this is 🔥 I don't get it.
<< Anonymous(Tammy Marie Lou)
Anonymous Reply
Hackers ruined pvp sadly I had to dox bunch of players from china
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yes, for me it was hackers from the NSA. So annoying these Americans.

They said : If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.
<< Anonymous(Tammy Marie Lou)
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous(Tammy Marie Lou)
Anonymous Reply
Just probably need to get some tips. Also, there are some skilled players in lower ranks who just stopped playing for a few months.
Legend level 5.. Win 6 in a row, nothing happens. Lose two in a row, derank to Legend Level 4.. Then, win 5 in a row, nothing happens. Lose two in a row, derank to legend Level 4.......
<< Anonymous
i reply to idiots Reply
a 5+ win streak is a promotion no matter what, scud.
<< Anonymous(i reply to idiots)
Anonymous Reply
You probably dont count your surrenders.
I keep koging with ICE BARRIER.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I wonder how long ago is this lol.
What happens if i Rank up to plat 1 but nthen get 10 losses do i start at level -10 ?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
no rank down/demote before Legend 1.
Still sucks when people leave the fight cant get a victory on that
I like how plenty of old decks like Masked Heroes aged very well. That's cool.
<< Anonymous
Anonymouse Reply
applying the new skill of sera(Mind of the Plana) and having D-hero doom lord as my core in M-hero deck... ive reached KOG
Y-Yongs sen
dragunity Rising is good and i like that it..
Gems are easier to farm, thanks!

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