Battle.net Seasons

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Not to be confused with the StarCraft II World Championship Series seasons, which do not line up with the ladder seasons.

Starcraft II ladder play on Battle.net is divided into seasons. At the beginning of a season, after completing five placement matches, players are placed into a league. Players remain a part of their division until they either choose to leave the league, or are promoted to a higher league. As of 2013, players can no longer be demoted mid-season.[1] Near the end of a season, the ladder is locked, preventing players from being promoted. Grandmaster league typically becomes open for players after a season has already begun. A new season typically changes the ladder map pool.

List of Seasons[edit]

During the beta, there were regular resets of the ladder; such a reset could be regarded as the end of a season. Before the resets, top rankings were not published. For Season 1, Blizzard published weekly listings of the top 200 players in each server, but for the last week of the season no such listing was published. Grandmaster League was implemented in season 2, the final rankings of the Grandmaster League can be considered the winners of the season. As of September 2012, seasons began being denoted by a year as well as a number. Around 2012, the rankings for top Grandmaster became less interesting as many of the top players began using "barcode" style names to conceal their identity.[2]

List of Seasons
# Season name Start date Lock date Closing date Ranking/Notes
Starcraft II Beta ladder seasons
B1 2010 Season 1 2010-02-17 - 2010-03-25 Start of beta to first wipe at Patch 0.8.0
B2 2010 Season 2 2010-03-25 - 2010-04-24 First to second wipe at Patch 0.12.0
B3 2010 Season 3 2010-04-24 - 2010-05-22 Second to third wipe at Patch 0.15.0
B4 2010 Season 4 2010-05-22 - 2010-06-04 Third wipe to fourth wipe at Patch 0.17.0
B5 2010 Season 5 2010-06-04 - 2010-06-07 Fourth wipe to the end of phase 1 of the beta at Patch 0.18.0
B6 2010 Season 6 2010-07-07 - 2010-07-19 Start of phase 2 of beta to the end of beta
Wings of Liberty ladder seasons
1 2010 Season 7 27 Jul 2010 22 Mar 2011[3] 29 Mar 2011[3] NA EU, SEA, KR
2 2011 Season 1 29 Mar 2011[3] 5 Jul 2011[4] 26 Jul 2011[4] Season 2 GM league rankings
3 2011 Season 2 26 Jul 2011[4] 10 Oct 2011[5] 24 Oct 2011[5] Season 3 GM league rankings
4 2011 Season 3 24 Oct 2011[5] 13 Dec 2011[6] 19 Dec 2011[6] Season 4 GM league rankings
5 2011 Season 4 19 Dec 2011[6] 20 Feb 2012[7] 20 Feb 2011[7] Season 5 GM league rankings
6 2012 Season 1 20 Feb 2011[7] 3 Apr 2012[8] 9 Apr 2012[8] Season 6 GM league rankings
7 2012 Season 2 9 Apr 2012[8] 5 Jun 2012[9] 11 Jun 2012[9]
8 2012 Season 3 11 Jun 2012[9] 4 Sep 2012[10] 11 Sep 2012[10]
9 2012 Season 4 11 Sep 2012[10] 24 Oct 2012[11] 1 Nov 2012[12]
10 2012 Season 5 1 Nov 2012[12] 27 Dec 2012[13] 3 Jan 2013[14]
11 2013 Season 1 3 Jan 2013[14] 4 Mar 2013[15] 11 Mar 2013[15]
Heart of the Swarm ladder seasons
12 2013 Season 2 11 Mar 2013[15] 24 Apr 2013[16] 1 May 2013[16]
13 2013 Season 3 1 May 2013[16] 3 Jan 2013[17] 10 Jun 2013[17]
14 2013 Season 4 10 Jun 2013[17] 19 Aug 2013[18] 26 Aug 2013[18]
15 2013 Season 5 26 Aug 2013[18] 4 Nov 2013[19] 11 Nov 2013[19]
16 2013 Season 6 11 Nov 2013[19] 27 Dec 2013[20] 3 Jan 2014[20]
17 2014 Season 1 3 Jan 2014[20] 7 Apr 2014[21] 14 Apr 2014[21]
18 2014 Season 2 14 Apr 2014[21] 23 Jun 2014[22] 7 Jul 2014[22]
19 2014 Season 3 7 Jul 2014[22] 04 Nov 2014[23] 10 Nov 2014[23] Close and lock date based on Blizzard's Blog.
20 2014 Season 4 10 Nov 2014[23] 05 Jan 2015[24] 12 Jan 2015[24]
21 2015 Season 1 12 Jan 2015[24] 06 Apr 2015[25] 13 Apr 2015[25]
22 2015 Season 2 13 Apr 2015[25] 22 Jun 2015[26] 29 Jun 2015[26]
23 2015 Season 3 29 Jun 2015[26] 3 Nov 2015 10 Nov 2015
Legacy of the Void ladder seasons
24 2015 Season 4 9 Nov 2015 24 Jan 2016[27] 31 Jan 2016[27]
25 2016 Season 1 31 Jan 2016[27] 21 Mar 2016[28] 28 Mar 2016[28]
26 2016 Season 2 28 Mar 2016[28] 13 Jun 2016[29] 20 Jun 2016[29]
27 2016 Season 3 20 Jun 2016[29] 9 Jul 2016[30] 12 Jul 2016[30] Season kept short to include new maps next season.
28 2016 Season 4 12 Jul 2016[30] 11 Oct 2016[31] 18 Oct 2016[31]
29 2016 Season 5 18 Oct 2016[31] 16 Nov 2016 23 Nov 2016

References[edit]

  1. "StarCraft II Ladder, League, and Season FAQ (Source)". BlizzPosts.com. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  2. "The "Bar Code" Gamers". Team Liquid forums. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "End of Season 1(Locked)". Battle.net forum. 28 Mar 2011. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lylirra (1 Jul 2011). "Season 2 Lock Coming Soon". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Daxxarri (3 Oct 2011). "Season 3 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Blizzard (8 Dec 2011). "Season 4 Lock Coming Soon". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Tom Senior (3 Feb 2012). "StarCraft 2 season five lock incoming, season six to start later this month". PC Gamer. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Blizzard Entertainment (27 Mar 2012). "Season 6 Lock Incoming". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Daxxarri (30 May 2012). "Season 7 Lock Incoming". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Blizzard Entertainment (6 Aug 2012). "Season 8 Now Locked and Big Changes Coming Next Season". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  11. Kaivax (18 Oct 2012). "2012 Season 4 Lock Incoming". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Blizzard Entertainment (24 Oct 2012). "2012 Season 4 Now Locked". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment (20 Dec 2012). "2012 Season 5 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Kaivax (26 Dec 2012). "2012 Season 5 Now Locked". battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Kaivax (28 Feb 2013). "2013 Season 1 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Kaivax (22 Apr 2013). "2013 Season 2 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Jeremy Peel. "StarCraft 2 2013 Season 3 ladder lock imminent; four days left to push for promotion". PCGamesN. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Kaivax (14 Aug 2013). "Season 4 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Kaivax (28 Oct 2013). "Season 5 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Kaivax (20 Dec 2013). "Season 6 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 17 Mar 2014.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kaivax (31 Mar 2014). "2014 Season 1 Lock Incoming". Battle.net. Retrieved 26 Sep 2014.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Blizzard Entertainment (23 Jun 2014). "2014 Season 2 is Now Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 26 Sep 2014.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Blizzard Entertainment (04 Nov 2014). "2014 Season 3 is Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 04 Nov 2014.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2014 Season 4 is Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 26 Jun 2015.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2015 Season 1 is Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 26 Jun 2015.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2015 Season 2 is Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 26 Jun 2015.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2015 Ladder Season 4 has Locked". Battle.net. Retrieved 19 Mar 2016.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2016 Season 1 Lock Coming Soon". Battle.net. Retrieved 19 Mar 2016.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2016 Season 2 Lock Coming Soon". Battle.net. Retrieved 20 Oct 2016.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Arkitas. "Season 3 Information". Battle.net. Retrieved 20 Oct 2016.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Blizzard Entertainment. "2016 Season 4 Lock Coming Soon". Battle.net. Retrieved 20 Oct 2016.