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PvP Ladder: Rank Up system [August 2019 Updated]

Duel Links how to get King of Games, PvP ladder, how to rank up fast.
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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
+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 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 Reply
Agree, not only fairer but good for non meta decks too. We want to have fun not grinding chore.
Anonymous
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
Anonymous
I can no longer stay in Gold rank for farming wins and playing fun decks. :((
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
What's wrong in ranking up to legend or platinum?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The amount of meta decks you found increases when you reach higher ranks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
nope in legend up you will find only neos in many form, what so booring day
<< Anonymous
Gravekeeper guy 5days ago Reply
Obviously just use gravekeepers man.
Modded
Just keep playing like an animal until you rank up :D
<< Anonymous(Modded)
Anonymous Reply
Or until every deck you use doesn't work no matter what you swap out only to get to your promotion match to then have an impossible brick or some slow deck
<< Anonymous(Mogalord)
Bendy Reply
I just played yugioh this last sep and so busy because of my gf so I can't play it always but now I'm in plat 1
<< Anonymous(Bendy)
YAMI JOEY Reply
SEND YOUR GF TO SHADOW REALM!!
<< Anonymous(YAMI JOEY)
Anonymous Reply
does the imaginary one count ?
Pro player
Not really important, cuz always win.
<< Anonymous(Pro player )
WolfInTheValley Reply
If anyone hit kog in 2 weeks, they have no life
<< Anonymous(Pro player)
Anonymous Reply
You spent money? Lol
<< Anonymous(WolfInTheValley)
Anonymous Reply
bout to hit KOG in 2 weeks after a year and a half break lol. didnt even play that much either. about 140 wins
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Kog in 25 wins ma homie
Anonymous
i had a LWLWWW but i didnt get ranked up, wtf????
<< Anonymous
Fairy Faggot Reply
You need +3 and thats only +2
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
LW= 0 and W = 1 so LW + LW + W + W = 2 you need 4 for platinum so LW + LW + W + W + W + W would work
<< Anonymous
Tom Reply
I did alot of maths when I was like 6 I could probably do equations like this at 6
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Lol is this a serious question? An example of someone who uses meta decks to get to a high rank just to show that you don't have to be calculated as long as you have premade decks to guide you
Pyro Prophet
I do think the rank system is cool

5 wins in a row is not hard to achieve, there are plenty of guys at @DLM who make it to Kog in the very first day
<< Anonymous(Pyro Prophet )
Anonymous Reply
Yes because they are pay to win
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I have almost all EX decks except Desperado,
all URs, best optimal builds
And it was a damn agony this month to reach KOG
I thought I would 🔥 my opponent when I was Lava Golem’ed second or third time next turn
These 🔥ty top deckers always have the perfect hand
<< Anonymous
meta sheep Reply
the only f2p deck thats on the tier list is subterrors- a deck that hard loses to most tiered decks- and even then comp subterrors have to run expensive traps so the idea that p2w players dont hav an advantage is ludicrous
Gleb
Are you kidding? I have 70 wins and can't came higher Gold 1 for 5 seasons....
<< Anonymous(Gleb )
Anonymous Reply
get gud?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I got to platinum in my very first month of started playing duel link. Unless you purposely lose and stay on lower ranks. Else.. You really need an upgrade
<< Anonymous(Gleb )
Anonymous Reply
Post your deck and we may point out what's the problem with your deck building
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
plat ? kog first then we talk lol
Anonymous
Is there a cap for -X? Otherwise it would be awful during a -20 loosing streak.
<< Anonymous(Not Mad Kid Anymore)
Anonymous Reply
Thanks for the reply. I am interested in the following case: let's say I am in Legend 1, have lost 20 games (X=-20)in a row and can never achieve a 5 games winning streak. Does that mean, that I have to increase X by 25 to reach Legend 1?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No, you just need to win 5x in a row I think.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And losing 20games in a row from legend 1 will land you on plat 1
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I know that's just an example, but.....must be one hell of a terribly bad luck to lose 20 times in a row.
Anonymous
I am forever Gold player, so this change doesn't affect me at all. I will keep surrender everytime I am about to rank up. (after reaching 10 KOG I let my rank down to Gold since I am not interested in high tier anymore, especially because I am F2P)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Also I think the real "King" in this game is either 1st place KC Cup or WCS Champion, something that F2P player + someone who needs enough sleep everyday like me will never archieve
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That's a nice suggestion for those who wants to stay at low rank
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Don't surrender! You won't get any rewards if you surrender! Just do some 🔥 moves instead.
<< Anonymous
Silent Reply
Ofcourse the wcs champion not kc winner it's on their promo itself true king of games is wcs champion
YatsuoKogame
Good idea ! Thanks you, I understand the system now :) For people that still doesn't understand: just count +1 when winning and -1 when losing. And do a basic addition following the order. For example "LWWWLLW" your score s does:
s=-1 (L), s=s+1=(-1)+1=0 (W), s=s+1=0+1=1 (W), s=s+1=1+1=2 (W), s=s-1=2-1=1 (L), s=s-1=1-1=0 (L) s=s+1=0+1=1 (W).
Hope it can help understand GameA explanations :)
<< Anonymous(YatsuoKogame)
Anonymous Reply
uuuh you think this explanation is clearer than what was written above? for people that are confused, just ignore this guy and read the guide
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
This is clearer my friend. Specially if you understand how formulas work.
<< Anonymous(YatsuoKogame)
Anonymous Reply
This dude must be an asian that got spanked by his dad 10 times for each wrong answer on his test.
<< Anonymous
YatsuoKogame Reply
I'm actually gelatinously white. Squishy like the pilsberry doughboy, creamy white. Thanks. -_-; Tard-face.
Anonymous
The Legend 5 -> KoG winstreak is the most 🔥ed 🔥. If people in Legend 5 are roughly on your power level (which they are, since everybody is copypasting youtuber decks anyway), you have a 3.125% chance to actually get the promotion.

Not about skill, not about intelligence - it's whether in one out of those 5 you have some troll 🔥 cunt who pulls a perfect hand on it's OTK toon world deck or Yubel or whatever.

And you KNOW he pricks 5 times out of 6, but exactly this one time he pulls a perfect hand, and back you go to 0 wins.

The one reason i never go past Platinum anymore. I reached KoG once, with Sylvans, and even then it took 3 🔥ing days of multiple hours of playing, simply because everybody is playing the exact same 🔥.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Git gud scrub
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I agree with you I just want to hit KOG just one time and I'll be happy I'll never attempt this again. I dont really care about rank I just want the KOG icon.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Otk and ftk are the 🔥 of this game -_-
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
There has plenty of OTK decks that have broken the meta, but I don’t think Duel Links has had any real degenerate FTK decks as of yet

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