End of Month Players Rank Distribution in November 2019 – 0.3% in Legend, 6% at Ranks 5 to 1

It’s been a long while since Blizzard has shared their data about Ranked Players distribution. In fact, last time we’ve seen any official data like that was over 5 years ago, in 2014. The game was still fresh back then, and the current ranking system has only been out for a few months. You can find the old chart here.

Today, Senior Game Designer Dean “Iksar” Ayala has shared an updated chart:

The chart was done for November 2019, which honestly might make it a bit skewed near the top (since we were in the middle of Evolve Shamanstone meta and lots of players didn’t feel like climbing to Legend), but the general idea should remain the same. The data only counted players who have played at least one game, so it did not include inactive accounts. The chart also does not count players still in the “novice” ranks (R50-R26).

If we compare it to the 2014 chart, number of players in Legend is roughly similar – 0.5% vs 0.3% is not a big difference. In fact, given the thing I’ve said above (many players didn’t feel like grinding Legend because of poor meta), I would imagine that they could be very similar on a different month. Either way, Legend is still a pretty “exclusive club” and only a very small percentage of the playerbase hits it every month. A big difference, however, is the amount of people between R5 and R1. It used to be only 2% back in 2014, while it’s 6% right now. 3 times increase is very significant, but there are some easy explanations. First of all, 2014 chart was done before end of month ranked chests were introduced, so players didn’t have that much motivation to hit R5 (which offers a Golden Epic). More recent ranked changes also had something to do with it – not only rank floors were introduced every 5 ranks (which made climbing easier + players couldn’t fall out of R5 after hitting it), but players are no longer set back to low ranks after monthly reset.

For the same reason, Ranks 10-6 are also twice as populated as they were in 2014 (12% vs 5.5%) – it’s just easier to get there each season and once you fall out, you don’t have to grind your way back there again. R15-R11 has a very similar population to 2014 (19% vs 17.5%), while a bunch of players finishing between R25 and R14 have moved to the higher ranks, so finishing there is a bit less common (63% vs 75%). It’s still, by far, the most popular division – 63% of players finished season in there. Which means that even if you commonly finish season around those ranks, don’t worry, you’re in the majority.

Constantly watching pro streamers and being fed with high Legend decks makes some players think that only bad players belong in lower ranks, which is not necessarily true. For example, hitting R10 already puts you in ~Top 20% of players. R5 is ~Top 6%. And if you hit Legend, you’re among less than 0.5% of the players who did it that month. So congratulations, no matter how high you’ve climbed 🙂


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. DukeStarswisher
    January 6, 2020 at 6:31 am

    November 2019 was a pretty awful sample to take. Shamanstone alongside battlegrounds opening would skew the stats. I just wish they’d do this for wild :-/

  2. Brandon975
    January 4, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Do these data consider wild or just standard?

  3. Vincent
    January 4, 2020 at 1:01 am

    I think the majority finishing in ranks 15-25 probably says they only played a few games that month. Even my oldest kid (11yr) can easily get to 14 with one of my decks. My exp from rank 5 to legend is that everyone plays one of the top 5 decks and it’s just the amount of time you’re willing to invest eventually you will reach legend. Seriously Hearthstone ain’t hard it’s about money (cards) and time. Top streamers do play 8-10 hours a day. Congrats to all legend players 😉

    • JoeBar
      January 6, 2020 at 2:04 am

      A friend of mine who played HS for 2 monthes got legend with aggro pal when it was op.
      He wasn’t father and had no job.

      I never got legend just cause i have a life (job, kid, wife, friends) and no time to grind from 5-Legend.

      Getting Legend is just about how much time you can invest in this game …

  4. Nickus89
    January 3, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Interesting to see them share some data. Wish they would also share total number of players (which they probably can’t for legal purposes) as well as monthly distribution. Would be interesting to see how new expansions, mid expansion shake-ups, last (stale) months of the expansion… influence the chart.

    From the provided data it is obvious that introducing rank floors benefited end of month rank distribution. Neverthelesse, november is probably the worse month to choose for such data and I can only wonder what the most representative distribution would look like. It was the month of wild tyrants (evolve and N’Zoth) that made the meta one of the most stale and unfun to play. Majority of the players were simply waiting for the new expansion. In addition, Battlegrounds was released which redirected a lot of attention away from the ladder. I could see from my friend list alone that on average players were ranked a few ranks below their usual end of month rank.

    Anyhow, congratulations to anyone, those who play the game mostly for fun and those more serious about climbing the ladder.

  5. H0lysatan
    January 3, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    If this is Nov 2019, then Doom in Tomb Evolve Shaman meta still in play, which could have significant impact on leaderboard.
    or, somehow, the number of Hearthstone player count has risen high enough to raise the leaderboard percentage.

    sadly, no data to support my assumption regarding total player count.
    the only real data from googling is from Nov 2018 which is 100 Million Player Count.
    Surely, it’s higher now.