Differences between Ranked and Regular Play[edit | edit source]
- Players can only queue solo in Ranked play.
- Players cannot enter ranked play until account level 15 and with 12 hypers unlocked.
- Ranked match history and results are tracked independently of other modes and only affect ranked matchmaking and rewards.
- Ranked matches require teams to ban (remove) 4 hypers from being selected before hyper selection begins.
- Selected hypers are banned from selection from the other team (no mirror matches).
- Team alternate banning hypers and selecting hypers.
- All banned and selected hypers are visualized in the lobby for everyone to see.
- Player order on a team is arranged based on individual rank where the leader is the highest rank and so on.
Beginning your Ranked Career[edit | edit source]
To be eligible to play ranked matches, players need to achieve an account level of 15 and have unlocked 12 hypers. Hypers on free rotation are also calculated in number of unlocked hypers; this can lower the number of hypers a person might need to play ranked to a minimum of 6 hypers. While not required, it is recommended that the player understand as many of the elements of regular play (objectives, hyper skills, etc) as possible before queuing ranked. Similarly, players should be able to competently play at least 12 hypers due to hypers being banned in the draft lobby while being familiar with all hypers in the roster. As you beginning scoring within ranked mode, your position on a given team may change. From left to right, the team is placed from the player with the highest rank to the lowest. The player in the leftmost position is in control of banning hypers and is able to select their hyper before the others.
Ranked Lobby[edit | edit source]
There are three phases in the ranked lobby: ban, draft, and swap
Ban Phase[edit | edit source]
The Ban phase allows each team to remove 2 hypers from being selectable in the match. The player in the first position of each team is in control over what hyper gets banned, and the left team (Team A) selects their ban first. Afterwards, the right team (Team B) bans another hyper. After each team bans 2 hypers (4 in total), this phase progresses to the draft phase.
Draft Phase[edit | edit source]
In the Draft phase, each team selects their hypers. Team A selects first and the order progresses in a 1,2,2,2,1 fashion. Written another way, the draft phase progresses like this:
- Stage One: Team A picks one hyper
- Stage Two: Team B picks 2 hypers
- Stage Three: Team A picks 2 hypers
- Stage Four : Team B picks 2 hypers
- Stage Five: Team A picks 1 hyper
A hyper is selectable once. This means that if a hyper is banned or selected by either Team A or B, no other team may select that hyper for play. Once both teams have selected that 4 hyper roster, this phase transitions to the swap phase.
Swap Phase[edit | edit source]
In the swap phase, players are able to switch the hyper they have selected in the draft phase with another hyper their teammates selected. Once all of the Hypers have been selected for both teams you
will have a moment to try and switch Hypers between players on your own team. A box above the Hyper will pop up saying “Hyper Swap”. If you click on this you will send a request to that player that will ask them if they would like to switch their Hyper with yours. If they confirm it then the two Hypers will be swapped. If they accept you will see a “Hyper Swap Completed” dialogue box. If they decline the swap you will see a “Your trade has been rejected” dialogue box. Use this time to adjust the time orientation as well as select the skin for your hyper.
Ranks in Ranked Mode[edit | edit source]
The current ranks are: