Ranked seasons in League of Legends are treacherous and long as players spend the little time in between them licking their wounds or celebrating their accomplishments before the new year. But the preseason, or time in between seasons, is also used to learn the new lay of the land that Riot Games introduces every November and December in order to keep the game fresh every year.
The 2023 preseason is in full swing but with players already itching to move onto the new ranked season, the question becomes when does League of Legends 2023 preseason end?
The League of Legends preseason end date
In years past, League of Legends preseason usually ends with the first patch of the new year. This time frame also marks the start of a new season, which usually lasts from January until mid-November with the short period in between being the preseason.
The 2023 season is looking to follow the same schedule but with a twist. The first patch of the 2023 year is slated for “the beginning of January,” according to Riot Games. This should mark the start of the 2023 season.
Preseason 2023 has an all new look! Lock in and see it up close starting November 15 UTC. pic.twitter.com/v7ubnZAQTr
— League of Legends (@LeagueOfLegends) November 11, 2022
However, in an official announcement breaking down the changes coming to League of Legends Ranked in 2023, the exact timing hasn’t been pinned down yet.
This may have to do with the fact that the Riot Games offices are closed during the holiday break and won’t be back until after the new year when they will place the finishing touches on the first patch. The 2023 ranked season start day could be on Wednesday, January 4th, which is usually the day when patches come out. But it also could be delayed to that Thursday or even a week after on the 11th.
In fact, Season 12’s start date was on January 7th, 2022 which was actually on a Friday. So players can probably expect a date within the first week and a half of 2023.
“Ranger”@RiotPhreak is guiding you through the Jungle and Preseason 2023 changes in the newest Gameplay Spotlight! Gear up and explore what’s coming in Patch 12.22. 🦎
— League of Legends (@LeagueOfLegends) November 15, 2022
The 2023 season will also feature some new changes including multiple splits which will give out multiple ranked skin rewards for the first time in the game’s history, speaking of, any player will be eligible for ranked skins this year regardless if they have hit Gold rank or not as long as they have played enough games.