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The Grandmaster League

The Master League

League icons

Various leagues are available on for StarCraft II. It is part of the tool system making multiplayer StarCraft II available for all skill levels, along with the automated matchmaking system.[1]

A player's career page lists their placement in previous seasons and can see their league display through the View Ladder button at the bottom of the Quick Match screen. The post-game score screen shows each participating players' league icon.[2]

In March 2015 Blizzard began a program of modifying league calculations. New players will face lesser-skilled opponents than before, the league distribution will be modified, and "MMR decay" will be eliminated, at least temporarily.[3]

Qualifying and Ranks

A new player is expected to qualify before entering a league. They must take part in 5 qualifying matches before being put into a league and division.

After a hidden[4] period of time, their skill level will be reevaluated.[5]

Players gain points for defeating opponents, especially stronger opponents. Before a match starts, players can compare their ratings – usually, one player will be "favored" over the other. If a player defeats a favored opponent, they will gain more points than if they defeat a weaker opponent. Players also gain points from a bonus pool (sometimes called "rested points")[4] for periods of time they have not been playing for. Players gain these points at a slow rate when they're not playing, up to a cap at the end of the season. When a player who has accumulated bonus points wins a match, they gain a share of bonus points equal to the number of points gained for winning the match.[4]

When a player gains points, they increase their rank and may even shift leagues. A player that loses points will, in turn, lose rank and can fall to a lower league.[4]

On occasion, a player will face opponents from a higher league, in order to test their skill.[4]

Playing more games results in a more accurate skill level.[6]

The internal rating is not wiped or reset when league ladders are wiped and is separate from ladder points.[6]

Each team has a separate skill rating. Individual teammates have very little effect on the team rating, except to determine what placement matches they are put in.[6]

Under the free to play model of StarCraft II, players will need to achieve ten "first win of the day" awards to gain access to the ladder.[7]

League Types

In Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard lowered the league percentage of Bronze from 20% to 8% and increased Gold to 32%.[8] Legacy of the Void further changed the percentages, lowering Bronze and Gold, while increasing Silver and Platinum up from 20%, Diamond up from 18%, and Master up from 2%.

League Type Notes
Grandmaster Consists of the top 200 players on the server, and has been available since patch 1.3.[9]

Players qualified for the league following the first week of a season as of October 24, 2011, the start of the fourth season.[10] Inactive players who allow bonus points to accumulate will automatically be removed from the league.[11]

A list of the winners, updated in real time, can be found on the Grandmaster League page on the official Blizzard site.

Master Top 4% of players in a region. Added in patch 1.2 in January 2011.[12] It is available for 1v1 through 4v4 matches.[13]
Diamond 23% of players. Added during the Wings of Liberty beta.
Platinum 23% of players.
Gold 23% of players.
Silver 23% of players.
Bronze 4% of players.
Copper Removed during the Wings of Liberty beta.
Practice Only used in Wings of Liberty. Features slower-speed games with novice anti-rush maps for newer players. Players can play only 50 practice matches, and only upon creating an account. Once a player leaves (voluntarily or otherwise), they may not return. Blizzard focused on preventing "smurfing" of this area.[14][15]


Each league is split into divisions of about 100 players from the same area of very similar skill levels.[16] Players are ranked against each other, and there are seasons of play. Tournaments held at the end of a season will determine division winners, who then compete for League championships.[17]

Divisions have names such as "Silver Tal'darim Bravo". These names can be any reference to the StarCraft universe: the original game (ex.: Reaver, Valkyrie, Duran), novels (Ramsey, Bhekar Ro), mangas (Artika, Phash) and even StarCraft: Ghost (Grizzly).

The top eight players in each division qualify for tournament play.[18]

The pro league does not have divisions.[19]

Prior to 2012 season 4 not all divisions were created equal, but this wasn't transparent. Blizzard removed these tiers, meaning someone's rank in their division is giving a more accurate representation of their skill.[20]


Ladders are compiled within the leagues.[21]

Team Games

A structured party can participate in the leagues and ladders system. They will be placed into games by the automated matchmaking system.


  1. BlizzLive staff. 2009-08-22. StarCraft II Discussion Panel. Blizzlive. Accessed 2009-08-25.
  2. David Kim. 2011-09-22. Situation Report: Patch 1.4. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-09-23.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. 2015-03-02. StarCraft II Ladder Update -- March 2, 2015. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2015-03-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Bashiok. 2010-03-16. StarCraft II Beta: Leagues and Ladder FAQ StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2010-03-17.
  5. As stated before there will be a league system in place similar to the traditional ladder system with ranks everyone is used to. You will have to play a couple of games to evaluate your level and then you will be put in a league that fits you best. Each league will also have a lot of subdivisions. After a period of time your skill level will be reevaluated and you will either go to a higher league or a lower one. Kapeselus. 2010-01-25. Gold, Silver, Bronze Leagues. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2010-01-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2010-10-22. BlizzCon 2010 Secrets of the Masters/ StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2010-10-23.
  7. 2017-11-03, BLIZZCON 2017 STARCRAFT 2: WHAT’S NEXT PANEL REVIEW. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-11-04
  8. Spyrian. 2013-03-11. Heart of the Swarm League Percentages. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2013-03-11.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. 2011-03-22. Patch 1.3.0 Now Live. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-03-22.
  10. Daxxari. 2011-10-03. Season 3 Lock Incoming. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2011-10-20.
  11. Nethaera. 2011-03-17. Grandmaster League Preview and FAQ. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-03-22.
  12. Lylirra. 2010-12-4. StarCraft II Patch 1.2.0 PTR Notes. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-12-04.
  13. Bashiok. 2011-02-24. Master League for 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-02-24.
  14. Cam Shea. 2009-07-10. StarCraft II's Design Philosophies. IGN. Accessed 2009-07-11.
  15. Dustin Browder, Destructoid. 2009-06-29. Destructoid Interview. Destructoid. Accessed 2009-06-29.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment staff, Greg Canessa. 2010-02-009. Preview. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-02-09.
  17. Soulskill. 2009-08-24. Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up. Slashdot. Accessed 2009-09-07.
  18. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  19. In the future, there will be a "Pro League" composed of the top players in the ladder. Players will be invited to the "Pro League" using the same methods that determine current promotions between leagues. This league will not be divided by divisions and will have a set number of participants each ladder season. For the best players, this will be where they can see exactly how they compare to the other top competitors. However, for now we've adjusted the search methods for players in Copper and Platinum leagues so you should be matched up with players more closely to your skill level. In my own experience I have found that not having to worry about which division I am in has made the competitive experience more fun. I like knowing that I have been placed in an appropriate skill bracket and have a "Top 100" feel by being in my Platinum league, rather than worrying about being only "Top XXXXX" on If there's someone in a different division that I want to compare my skill to, I can challenge them to a series of Custom Games. This also lets us play multiple games so we can better gauge our relative skill levels. Malarh. 2010-04-28. Some question about leagues & divisions..... StarCraft II Beta General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2010-06-17.
  20. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-09-06. Season 8 Now Locked and Big Changes Coming Next Season. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-09-07.
  21. Blizzard staff. 2009-11-19. Developer panel. StarCraft II. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-12-08.

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