League of Legends Low Priority Queue: What Is It? How Long Does It Last?
If you regularly play League of Legends, you must know what will happen when you repeatedly disconnect from games or rage quit, abandoning your teammates. Riot Games uses an automated system within League of Legends called the LeaverBuster to discourage players from repeatedly leaving games or idling in the base while the game is ongoing.
At first, Riot Games initially issues the player's account with a warning and then when it keeps repeating, the player's account is then placed in a low priority queue for a certain amount of games.
Here's all you need to know about the low priority queue in League of Legends.
What is Low Priority in League of Legends?
The automated system of LeaverBuster places players who dodge and leave games in a separate queue called low priority for five games. When placed in low priority queue, players experience waiting times that are five, 10, sometimes even 15 or 20 minutes longer than normal.
There are different tiers for continuous leaving or idling and each instance will increase the tier by 1. Players should note that these queue delays do not apply to Clash and Teamfight Tactics (TFT).
How Long Is the Low Priority Queue?
The low priority queue have different tiers and they have corresponding penalties:
Tier 0: 1-minute queue delay for one game.
Tier 1: 5-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 2: 10-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 3: 15-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 4: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 24-hour queue lockout.
Tier 5: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 3-day queue lockout.
Tier 6: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 7-day queue lockout.
Tier 7: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 2-week queue lockout.
While the amount of games may vary from player to player, it is usually just five to six games. A queue lockout is when you are not permitted to join games and once the lockout is over, you will still be in the Low Priority Queue.
Players should note that if players dodge a match in champion select while in low priority queue or after returning to the regular queue, they will have to go through the low priority queue once again from the start. However, if someone else from their team or the enemy team disconnect, the player will not have to go through low priority again.
Additionally, if you have a habit of leaving ranked games, there may be other penalties. It can cost you League Points (LP) and the first time you dodge, you lose only three LP but, the next time, you could lose 10 or more LP.