♦ 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.
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).