League of Legends Surrender System Explained (2023)

Shadman Sabik Zaim
By Shadman Sabik Zaim
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In this article, we go into detail on how the Surrender System works in 2023.

Riot has had a fair bit of juggling to do in order to get their systems to work at an optimum level. However, the situation in many aspects had worsened, so Riot had to get a handle on them. Thus, Riot has made multiple changes to combat toxicity, AFK, and other unwanted behaviors.

Part of this was the introduction of the Surrender System. Over the course of the League of Legends, the Surrender System has undergone many changes and is in its current state after Riot has deemed this the best spot for it.

However, Riot has more work to do on this matter. Thus, to keep you guys up to speed on how the Surrender System works along with a Remake System, this article will guide you. Let’s get into all the details of the surrender system.

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What is the Surrender System?

Surrendering in League of Legends is a system the team votes to end the game early, forfeiting their chances to win the respective game. Any player may initiate the Surrender vote, and the rest of the players can vote on the motion through the vote prompt or chat.

If the vote succeeds, the team forfeits, and the opponent wins. However, if the vote fails, there will be a 3-minute lockout from starting a Surrender vote again. A majority of the team (4 out of 5 players) must vote Yes in order for the vote to succeed). Players can choose to abstain, which will count as a no-vote and cause the vote to fail as well.

Any player that is idle or disconnected for a while is not counted in the vote. The entire system is different for the individual game modes, and they work as follows.

Summoner’s Rift Surrender System

In Summoner’s Rift, the Surrender System has the following functionality for all game modes regarding the map (Normals, Drafts, Ranked).

  • A Surrender vote cannot be called before the 15-minute mark unless a player is AFK.
  • Based on the normal majority rules, a Surrender vote can be initiated from the 15-minute mark, where 4 out of 5 players must vote Yes to end the game early.
  • If a player is AFK, the team can start a Surrender vote after 3 minutes and 30 seconds, where the team must unanimously (all active players) agree to Surrender.
  • A 3 minutes lockout occurs if the vote fails.

There have been safeguards put in by Riot this year to make sure the games are not kept hostage. Thus Riot removed the unanimous requirement from the 15-minute mark and onwards. Let’s move on to the Surrender rules for Howling Abyss (ARAM).

Howling Abyss Surrender System

The ARAM game mode takes place on the Howling Abyss and has the following ruleset.

  • A Surrender vote cannot be called before the 8-minute mark.
  • Before the 12-minute mark, all Surrender votes are considered an early surrender, which requires the vote to be unanimous (all players vote yes).
  • From the 12-minute mark and onwards, it follows the normal rules of 4 out of 5 players voting yes to Surrender.

Like Summoner’s Rift, Howling Abyss also has some of its own rules while following the base ruleset. You can Surrender earlier on this map due to the fast nature of the games.

Remakes In League of Legends

While the Surrender system exists to end a game early, Remakes serve as a gateway to end the game faster in the event a player is idle or AFK. The conditions that need to be met for a Remake are as follows and must occur within the first 3 minutes of the game.

  • If any player disconnects or is AFK or in the spawn zone (Fountain) for 90 seconds, other team members can do a command called /Remake in the in-game text chat to initiate a Remake vote.
  • At least 30% of the connected players must vote yes for a Remake to succeed.
  • A Remake causes the game to be null and void and not a loss.
  • A Remake vote must occur between the 1:30-minute mark of the game and the 3-minute mark.
  • However, a vote cannot be started if First Blood occurs against the team with AFK players before initiating the vote.
    • Furthermore, if First Blood happens during the vote, the vote is not canceled.
  • If the Remake succeeds, any disconnected or AFK players are branded as Leavers and given the full penalty of a loss and other punishments via the LeaverBuster.
    • In Ranked queues, the disconnected or AFK players get an LP loss along with the above.
    • In Diamond and above ELO, if anyone is premade with the disconnected player, they also get the LP penalty.

The Remake system has more rules, given it is a limited time window you can access to cancel the game.

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By Shadman Sabik Zaim Deputy Editor
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Shadman is a Deputy Editor of League of Legends and other Riot IPs (excluding VALORANT) at GameRiv. He is a computer science and engineering graduate who got into games pretty early. Also, he takes pride in trying multiple types of games and got into League of Legends pretty early. Games, Board Games, Writing, Music, and Sports are his passions and hobbies.