Patch 1.3.0 marks the beginning of our transition from Season 1 to Season 2. In this patch, we're introducing support for our new Grandmaster League, as well as the behind-the-scenes architecture that will allow us to smoothly change from one season to another. We're also adding in a brand-new season-based reward system known as milestones, which will come into play at the end of Season 1.
Now, you might be asking yourself "What are milestones?" Milestones are seasonal rewards that will be provided to ladder players in all of our StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty leagues. Each league will have four notable milestones. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Master leagues will have milestones for the top 100, top 50, top 25, and top 8 players in each league division. For Grandmaster, milestones will be awarded to the top 200, top 100, top 50, and top 16 players. These milestones will each have their own unique icon (shown below) representing the league in which the milestone was earned and the actual milestone achievement.
Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Master League Milestones
The way these milestones will be awarded for Season 1 is pretty simple. When patch 1.3 is released, all players will be locked into their current league and division. You'll then be given one week to play out your remaining bonus pools (while promotions and demotions into and out of divisions will be disabled, you may still be able to move up or down within that division's ladder). Once the one-week "bonus pool" period is over, Season 1 will officially end and all ladder rankings will be finalized. Milestones will be awarded to the top players in each league division shortly after and we'll display the results in-game in the Leagues & Ladders section. This same process is expected to take place at the end of each season. (In a future patch, we also plan to add a dedicated page in the game UI that will save past performance history so that players can show-off all of their milestone achievements.)
Upcoming Grandmaster League Milestones
We hope that players enjoy displaying their milestones with pride, and are excited to see the close of Season 1 and the beginning of regular ladder seasons.