Climbing the ranks in Valorant is no easy task. There are nine ranks, each competitive and not for the faint of heart. Still want to play ranked? If so, it’s good to know how ranks will work in Valorant in 2023.
Valorant has taken the gaming world by storm with its unique combination of strategy, teamwork and fast-paced action. One aspect of the game that piques players’ interest is the competitive ranking system. This is as addictive as it is harsh. A deep understanding of Valorant’s ranking system will help you climb the ranks.
How do ranks in Valorant work?
Competitive mode has a total of 25 ranks, starting with Iron 1 and ending with Radiant. Each rank, except Radiant, has three subdivisions (eg Iron 1, Iron 2, and Iron 3).
All Ranks in Valorant are:
- iron 2
- iron 3
- bronze 1
- Bronze 2
- bronze 3
- silver 1
- silver 2
- silver 3
- gold 1
- gold 2
- gold 3
- Platinum 1
- Platinum 2
- platinum 3
- diamond 1
- diamond 2
- diamond 3
- Immortal 1
- Immortal 2
- Immortal 3
When players begin their journey in competitive mode, they must first complete a series of ranking matches. Ranked mode is unlocked when you reach level 20. The results of these matches are combined with the player’s previous rank (if applicable) to help determine the starting rank for the new competitive season.
This adjustment process takes place each time a new act is performed. At the start of a new episode, each player must play 5 Ranking Games and he 1 Ranking Game at the start of a new act to unlock ranks. The highest rank a player can start is Ascendant, so they will start as Ascendant in the new act even if they were Radiant in the previous act.
Note that player ranks are not fixed. It may increase or decrease based on performance in subsequent matches analyzed through the MMR system.
Matchmaking Rating (MMR) Explained
Matchmaking Rating (MMR) is a hidden number that represents a player’s skill level. MMR is invisible to the player and is primarily used by the game’s algorithms to match the player with opponents of similar skill level to him. The basic principle behind MMR is that a higher MMR indicates a more skilled player, and a lower MMR indicates a less skilled player.
MMR is affected by several factors, including:
- Player win/loss ratio
- individual performance
- Opponent skill level
When a player wins a match, their MMR usually increases, but when they lose, their MMR decreases. The extent of these changes will depend on the difference in his MMR between the teams participating in the match. For example, beating a team with a high average MMR will increase a player’s his MMR significantly more than beating a team with a low average MMR.
MMR is very important in determining a player’s rank rating (points earned or lost after each game).
Rank Rating (RR) and its impact on rank progression
Rank Rating (RR) is a visible number that represents a player’s progress towards the next rank. A competitive mode player’s main goal is to accumulate his 100 RR points for promotion to the next tier. Conversely, if a player loses enough of his RR points, he will be demoted to a lower rank.
Players are rewarded with up to 50 RR for each win (very rare), but a poor performance can result in an 8 RR for a win. A player’s MMR greatly affects the amount of RR gained or lost in a match.
If a player’s MMR is significantly higher than their current rank, they gain more RR points per win and lose less points per defeat. It is designed to help a skilled player climb ranks faster and ensure that they reach a rank that accurately reflects his level of skill.
On the other hand, if a player’s MMR is lower than their current rank, they gain less RR points per win and lose more points per defeat. This can lead to more difficult climbs, as players must maintain their ranks and show consistent improvement to progress to higher ranks.
Additionally, individual performance plays an important role in determining the amount of RR gained or lost in a match. Players who perform well in a match by achieving high kill/death ratios or contributing to team goals are more likely to see significant RR gains, while underperforming players , may experience more significant RR degradation.
How RR works for ranks above Ascendant
Moving from Iron to Diamond rank requires reaching 100RR, but this is not the case for Immortal and Radiant players. To progress from Immortal 1 to Immortal 2 and beyond, a player must meet his RR threshold for a specific region while competing against other players within his region.
For example, players in the NA region need to reach 90RR to transition from Immortal 1 to Immortal 2. Also, players in the BR region need to reach 230RR to transition from Immortal 1 to Immortal 2. Immortal 2 to Immortal 3, etc.