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What Do the Numbers Mean?

Clinch Numbers

The clinch numbers provided by RIOT can be thought of as improved replacements for traditional magic numbers. They are superior since they use detailed information about teams' remaining schedules in their calculation.

First Place Clinch Number

The first place clinch number is the most similar to the commonly reported magic number. If the team wins this number of additional games, it is guaranteed to finish the season with a better record than any of the other teams in its division.

An asterisk (*) indicates that even if this team wins all of its remaining games, it will not necessarily clinch first place in its division. In this case the team does not have a first place clinch number.

Postseason Clinch Number

If a team wins this number of additional games, it is guaranteed a postseason berth. This could be as the division winner or as one of the two wild card teams. As with the first place clinch number, an asterisk (*) indicates that even if this team wins all of its remaining games, it cannot guarantee itself a playoff berth.

Elimination Numbers

The elimination numbers provided by RIOT allow fans to determine whether or not teams have been eliminated from postseason contention, and how close they are to being eliminated.

First Place Elimination Number

This is the minimum number of games that this team must win in order to remain in contention for first place in its division. Teams which are already eliminated from first place contention are labeled "Elim" in this box. See the list of frequently asked questions for an example of the distinction between the interpretations of the First Place Elimination Number and the First Place Clinch Number.

Playoff Elimination Number

This is the minimum number of games that this team must win in order to remain in contention for a postseason berth. This could be either first place in the division or one of the two wild card spots. Teams that are already eliminated from playoff contention are labeled "Elim" in this box.


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