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Valorant Ranked mode – Everything you need to know

Valorant Ranked mode – Everything you need to know

Richard Brown


It was recently hinted that Valorant ranks would be reintroduced in the next patch or two, providing a more competitive alternative to unrated play. This article will look at everything we know so far about the ranks and how the ranking system will work.

How To Get Your Valorant Rank

The first step you’ll need to take in order to unlock your Valorant rank is playing through 20 unrated matches. Once you have done this and familiarized yourself with the game, the competitive mode will be unlocked. Winning or losing these first 20 unrated games will have no effect on your rank, so no need to stress. The next step will be to jump into the competitive mode and play your 5 placement matches. These matches will determine your initial rank.

There are 8 different ranks that can be obtained with 3 tiers in each, except for the highest rank, which only has 1 tier. At this time, we’re not sure what Riot Games will be calling the highest attainable rank after the community complained about the name “Valorant”.

The list of Valorant ranks can be found below:

Valorant ranks
Image via Riot Games

Playing in groups is definitely encouraged, however, there are some limitations when playing in the ranked competitive mode, as players will only be able to play with friends who are within 2 ranks of each other. If you decide to play with friends in a lobby, you will also be more likely to be matched up against opponents who are playing in a group of the same size.

Something else to note is that if you have not played a match for 14 days your rank will be hidden and you will be required to play a ranked match for it to be revealed again. While your rank will be hidden, it will not decay as it would in CSGO for example. If you were able to play during the Closed Beta, your rank will not be carried over, unfortunately.

Valorant Ranks – HoW to RANK UP

The most important factor that contributes towards ranking up or down is winning or losing matches. It also matters by how many rounds you win or lose by, providing an incentive for players to play their best for the entirety of the match. If your goal is to rank up, you should aim to win games by the highest margin possible.

This is not the only factor though, as Riot has stated that individual performance does play a part, especially early on. When the closed beta rank system was first announced, Senior Producer, Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding stated that, “Your personal performance will have a greater impact on the early evaluation of your skill, but will decrease in importance when compared to wins, as we hone in on your skill over time.” The exact mechanisms or metrics of how individual performances are measured are not clear and may be subject to change as the system develops.

Ranked Mode should be coming to Valorant within the next week. Image via Riot Games

Fielding went on to say that, “For those at the (highest) rank level, winning and how decisive games are won or lost will be the only factor we measure.” This seems like the right direction, as players should be encouraged to work together to win matches, rather than trying to get the best score that they can for themselves.

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