League of Legends Challenger Rank Explained

Challenger stands for those challenging the professional players for their position. It stands to reason, then, that it’s the best rank in League of Legends.

Updated on Sep 04, 2023
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League of Legends Challenger Rank Explained

Challenger is the best rank in League of Legends.

The greatest LoL players are within this tier of competition. Needless to say, everyone who plays in this tier has perfect mechanics, an understanding of team play, and everything else in between.

The tier before it is Grand Master, which may sound better at first, but the difference between the two is like the difference between a Gold III and Platinum IV.

Is Challenger Rank Good in League of Legends?

Challenger League of Legends players are among the top 0.02 percentile of all the League of Legends players.

If you were in a room with 100 other League of Legends players, you can probably beat every one of them. Needless to say, these players are the best League of Legends has to offer.

Grand Master

The difference between them and Diamond players can feel like a difference between Diamond and Bronze players. What makes a Challenger player is:

  • Incredible micro-skills,
  • Knowledge of macro gameplay,
  • Understanding of strategy and tactics,
  • A winning mindset.


LoL players who are in this tier dedicate their lives to League of Legends, although they might try other games from time to time. However, staying at a Challenger can be difficult, as you need to work on your game all the time. You also need to choose your champion as well your role wisely, with most of the players trying to keep up with the meta, instead of just one-tricking champions.

How Many Challenger Players are There in League of Legends?

The rule of thumb is, usually, having the Challenger rank be capped at 200 players per one region. With League of Legends having 12 regions, without including the Public Beta Environment server, as it’s used for testing new content, the maximum amount of Challenger players in League of Legends is 2400, at any given time.


Though most of those are accounts owned by the same people, with Tyler1, for example, recently having achieved Challenger in all 5 roles in the game.

How Long Does it Take to Get to Challenger Rank in LoL?

Like with Grand Master, you need extreme talent and sacrifice to reach this tier. Even support Challenger gamers, who might feel like average players when you watch them on screen, are extremely good. If we were to generalize, you might get there with several years of playing. Chances are against you, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. All it will take is putting League of Legends first, before most of the other stuff in your life.

Is There a Rank Above Challenger in LoL?

Challenger is the highest rank one can achieve in League of Legends. As such, you cannot progress from it. You can only progress within it. While you might be the game’s elite, you can always improve a bit. Whether it is your focus or intangibles, the great thing about League of Legends is that it always leaves room for improvement.


Besides personal improvement, there are of course numbered Challenger rankings based on LP. The best players always try to, at least once in their career, get to Rank 1 Challenger.

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