How the Valorant Ranking System Works - A Guide to Rankings

How the Valorant Ranking System Works - A Guide to Rankings
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If you enjoy multiplayer FPS games and have a competitive streak the size of a mile, Valorant's competitive ranked mode is for you. When it first came out, this 5v5 FPS shooter game offered everything a gamer could want, but Riot Games has improved it even more.

With your favorite Agents, you've progressed to mastery. Now it's time to find out who in the community is truly the best. Compete against other like-minded people to reach the top of the regional leaderboards. If you dare to accept the challenge, you'll be rewarded with bragging rights.

However, before you leap into a competitive match, you need to familiarize yourself with the ranking system. Continue reading to learn more about Valiant's ranking system, how to move through the ranks, and how the game's Acts factor into ranking.

How the Valorant Ranking System Works - A Guide to Rankings

Overview of the Valiant Rank System

The ranking system in Valorant is a little complex, especially for newbies. The system is similar to other multi-player ranking systems, but there are a few major characteristics that are exclusive to Riot Games.

To begin with, you can't just go into competitive/ranked mode on the spur of the moment. To unlock competitive mode in the game, you must play 10 unrated matches. To unlock this new option, users just needed to complete 20 unrated games when they originally appeared. Because it is easier to complete games than it is to complete matches, trolls and smurfs saturated the matched tournaments, causing a slew of issues.

Riot Games responded by "upping" the unlocking requirements in the form of match completions in order to address possibly problematic players. It's not a perfect solution, but finishing matches take a lot more work and commitment than playing a few easy matchups.

After you've won the required 10 unrated matches, you'll need to play five placement matches. The game uses placement matches to determine where you should begin in the ranking system.

Don't worry about placement matches before you get too worked up. Even if you lose your matches, the game considers your overall performance, not only whether or not you win or lose a placement match. When determining your rank, Valorant also considers your prior ten unrated wins.

Tiers and Ranks

The Valiant ranking system has eight ranks or divisions:



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Each of the first six rankings has three tiers or sub-ranks that must be completed before moving on to the next rank. Immortal and Radiant, the last two ranks, each have only one-tier. Valiant has a total of 20 ranks, excluding Unranked.

The majority of players begin at the Iron level, while their performance in placement matches can move them up a tier and rank. For example, excellent players may be able to bypass four levels and start at Bronze 2.

When competing in Competitive mode, you can also bypass ranks and tiers. Everything in a match is determined by your MMR (matchmaking rating), performance, and frags (kills). If you want to go up the ranks, you must be consistent. If you have a lot of wins in a row and a lot of MVPs, you'll be able to move up the ranks faster.

It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you play well and win matches, you can finally climb to the top of the leaderboards. The Valiant system's top two ranks are designated for the greatest of the best. Radiant ranks will be awarded to just 500 players per region, while Immortal ranks will be awarded to the top 1% of players in each region.

Decay is ranked first.

Some online multiplayer games use a "ranking decay" concept to encourage players to log in on a regular basis. In some games, if a person does not compete for a certain amount of time, their game-rank begins to deteriorate.

Because there is no rank decay in Valorant, you can take breaks from playing if you need to. If you've been gone from the game for an extended period of time, you may need to play a placement game to regain your rank. After a long absence, the placement game might help you gauge your skill level and whether you can still compete at your previous rank.

It makes sense from a competitive standpoint. Riot Games wants to make sure you're matched with players who are at your skill level. Completing a placement game before resuming your normal routine might also be beneficial. The last thing you want is to get back into competitive mode only to discover that you're rusty and out out of your depth.

Leaderboards by Region

Do you want to know how you stack up against other players in your area?

The regional leaderboards were introduced in Valorant Episode 2 as a new feature for competitive players. Your rank and rating, as well as other personal information such as your Riot ID and player card, are displayed on the leaderboards. You can easily update your personal information to read "Secret Agent" instead if you'd want to be a little more anonymous when competing.

Unfortunately, after you enter competitive mode, you won't be able to view where you rank on the regional leaderboards. You must first complete at least 50 competitive games. You'll need to invest some time in the game and play at least one competitive game per week to keep your spot on the board.

As previously stated, your rank will not degrade, but you will not appear on the leaderboard if you go missing for a few weeks.

Examining Previous Matches

As you go through the ranks, gaining insight into your previous matches can help you figure out what you're doing correctly and where you're going wrong. To access your match history, follow the instructions below:

Go to the main dashboard of the game.

At the top of the screen, select the Career tab.

Check out the stats from your last ten games.

Wins and losses, as well as kills, spike plants, assists, and first blood, will be displayed. This information is crucial for assessing and optimizing your match performance if you're the type of player that enjoys getting a little meta.

You can also view how other players fared in the same match as a bonus. Simply choose a game to learn more about it.

MMR (Match Making Rating) Explanation

In competitive mode, your Match Making Rating, or MMR, is one of the most essential figures you'll ever see. It's how you're matched against other players in competitive mode. If you imagine a big ladder, your MMR is the rung on that ladder that you are on.

No two players will ever share the same rung or location on the ladder, according to Riot Games. Whether you advance up the MMR ladder or are "pushed down by others" is determined by each match. It is, however, a different rating from your RR or Rank Rating that helps the game match you with players of a comparable skill level.

Explanation of Rank Rating (RR)

The quantity of points you receive after each competitive game determines your Rank Rating. In lesser tiers, you gain RR points depending on competition victories and overall performance in the match.

To progress to the next tier, you must earn 100 RR points. The distribution of points varies from game to game, but in general, it looks like this:

Wins: 10–50 RR, 5+ RR for Diamond and higher levels

Draws: 20 RR (depending on performance) for ranks Iron – Diamond Losses: minus 0 – 30 RR, 50 RR maximum drop for Diamond ranks and above Losses: minus 0 – 30 RR, 50 RR maximum drop for Diamond ranks and above

However, if you receive no RR points during the game, you risk being demoted to the previous tier. If you get demoted, Valorant features a feature called "demotion protection" that prevents you from falling below 80 RR for the newly lowered rank.

The good news is that returning to your old rank will only cost you 20 RR, but the bad news is that you were demoted in the first place.

RR vs. MMR

In Valiant, your MMR and RR are two different scoring systems. One assists the game in matching you with the suitable players, while the other decides your competitive mode performance rank.

Here's when things get a little muddled:

Riot Games tries to find optimal matches for your skillset, but they merely have an "idea" of how well you'll perform. Your Match Making Rating is that "concept." Players are placed at the low end of their rank estimation for making matches to test you based on both their MMR and RR.

If you consistently "pass" the test or win, you're demonstrating that you belong higher on the metaphorical ladder and will be matched with people who are closer to your skill level. You'll notice a change in your RR points as well.

You'll gain more points if you win, and you'll lose fewer if you lose. All of those extra RR points go toward preparing you to advance to the higher end of the system's rank estimation.

Riot Games wants all players' MMR and RR scores to "converge" at some point in the future. Your RR should, in theory, reflect your level of performance, and your MMR should allow you to demonstrate that you deserve that rank.

Skill, not grind, will get you to the top.

It's tempting to "grind" your way to the top of the leaderboards by playing as many games as possible, but that's not how the ranking system works. While the game emphasizes "wins," it also considers "how you win" and the talents you show during your bouts. It's all about quality, not quantity if you want to move up Valorant's rating system.

In Valorant's ranked mode, how long does it take you to progress from one rank to the next? Let us know what happened in the comments section below.