With League of Legends season 9 coming to an end last month, eyes of many a player are now fixed on the upcoming season 10. Based on how things have been working with Riot's mammoth so far, the new season is likely to start in mid-January.
League of Legends Season 9 finished on 19 November and since then the game has seen some quite hefty changes. The hot preseason patch introduced some new modifications, especially regarding the in-game map, dragons, and items. For the next few weeks, League players will have time to freely adapt and innovate both their skill and playstyle since neither will a huge impact on their rank in the upcoming season.
Practising new features, such as engaging into battle with the new champion Aphelios and his controversial kit, will give you an advantage since - unlike many players who are now taking a preseason break - you will acquire the skill to play as, with or against the new marksman which is going to put you in a favourable position. The popularity and attention he has received so far will probably lead to him being picked or banned in the Champion Selection.
Many consider grinding through the ranked mode during the preseason to be a waste of time since all ranks get reset at the end of the season. However, all the hard work will most definitely not go to waste since it will have at least somewhat of an impact on your next season rank.
If we take the previous starts of the season into account and also the fact that we now have a fixed date for the first day of the LCS - 25 January - season 10 will probably begin mid-January 2020. Like in every season thus far, players will be obligated to play 10 placements games before being placed in their respectful rank.
We can all hope that there won't be a big difference between the new rank and the one we ended the previous season in. Your performance in the preseason ranked games will surely affect your starting point in rank placements, so if you want to avoid being put a whole division below the one you expect - hit the Rift now and improve your chances to climb.