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Blizzard has posted a lengthy FAQ on the StarCraft II main page, answering some common questions about the Heart of the Swarm ladder, its leagues, and seasons.

Question: I’ve been losing quite a bit on the ladder lately. Why am I not being demoted?
Answer: To keep play at each skill level on the ladder competitive, we no longer demote players in the middle of a season. (Exception: Demotions down from Grand Master league are applied in cases of high bonus pool (inactivity).) Unless you're an inactive Grand Master, you can only be placed into a lower league when you play your initial placement match(es) in a new season, or by leaving the league.

Question: When I choose to play “unranked”, do I only face other unranked players?
Answer: No. At this time, players who are playing with and without ladder points on the line are in the same pool. In order to expand the interests of players who choose to play unranked, the game maintains a separate hidden skill rating for ranked and unranked play.
At the highest levels of skill, ranked players are only matched up against other ranked players, and unranked players are only matched up against other unranked players.

 

Read the full post here.

Source:
Battle.net - StarCraft II Ladder, League, and Season FAQ

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