Learn the Valorant ranks and ranking system to advance in the competitive scene.
Valorant is a 5v5 tactical competitive shooter developed by Riot games. Since its Beta testing release in April 2020, it has taken the competitive gaming community by storm. From every Twitch Streamer to Youtuber, the game quickly climbed in terms of viewership; particularly, the reason for the views was to encourage viewers to get a game’ Key Drop’ for themselves to check it out.
The game resembled CS:GO in map designs and guns, but it was doing the opposite of what CS:GO was doing. The entire idea of adding abilities was not unheard of, for example, in Overwatch and Apex Legends, but Riot Games introduced character abilities in a 5v5 tactical shooter environment.
It opened new ways to play the game and made it team-oriented, like Overwatch, unlike CS:GO. The ranking system was also entirely different from CS:GO’s Elo system. The only thing that sets it apart from CS:GO is its ranking system. Valorant’s ranked mode should bring out the best in you and your teammates, thanks to a capable tiered ranking system that prioritizes excellent team play.
We’ve compiled an interesting guide for you and what you’ll need to know before jumping right into competitive games in Valorant.
The Valorant Ranks
Before jumping straight to the explanations of the ranking system, it’s important to see what the ranks are in Valorant. Valorant has a nine-tiered ranking system, with Iron being the lowest and Radiant being the highest. The following table lists the ranks in order from lowest to highest:
It’s worth noting that each division in a tier works in ascending order. For example, the digit ‘1’ represents a lower division, and digit ‘3’ represent the highest division in a tier. Rainbow Six Siege ranking system works oppositely. Therefore, in Valorant, a division 1 player is a lower rank than a division 2 player, and a division 2 player is lower than a division 3 player.
Also, Radiant is an active top 500 player in each region. At the same time, the top 1% of players in a region will receive Immortal Rank. That’s like the upper echelon of Valorant competitive community.
How do the Valorant ranks work?
Like most other competitive games, the Valorant ranking system works similarly. It uses a Matchmaking Rating System (MMR) to put people against each other according to their specific ratings. Each player’s account will be given a unique hidden number that changes over time, moving them up and down the rankings as they improve. The MMR isn’t visible to players even if they use third-party applications.
If it’s your first time trying the competitive section of this game, then you must ensure that your account level is 20. Many competitive games restrict new players from playing ranked to keep the smurfs away from ruining the experience of lower-level players. If you have prior experience in tactical shooting games, you’ll be placed at Silver 1. But the majority of the player base places at Bronze.
One more thing to mention is that when logging into your game account for the very 1st time, it’ll take you to a firing range to help you understand the basics. But not many people knew from the start that when you’re made to shoot 30 targets in a limited time, it influences your casual games and, in turn, influences your competitive games.
If you do very well, you’ll be put into a Gold-plat lobby; if you perform poorly, you’ll be placed in the Bronze to Silver 1 lobby (Even in Iron 1). It is made so that you’re not accidentally facing higher-skilled players than you.
MMR vs. RR
Many people confuse Matchmaking Ratings (MMR) with Ranked ratings (RR) in Valorant. Their purpose is entirely different. One aids in the game’s ability to pair you up with compatible opponents, while the other establishes your competitive performance rating.
For instance, if your tier is ranked higher than your actual MMR (i.e., your MMR is of a Gold 2 player, but you’re at Plat 2), then you’ll get less RR, around 10-15 after winning with marginally more rounds and if the case is opposite, then minimum you’ll get is +30 for a win. You’ll occasionally jump tiers to match your RR with your MMR.
Throughout previous acts, before update 3.10, Valorant allowed five stacking at any rank. (Previously, only players lower than Diamond 1 were allowed five stacking, above and at Diamond 1, only two stacking was allowed). In 5 stacking, you’ll receive 25% less RR if you win and 25% more loss if you lose. Also, expect longer Queue times as it will always try to pair you up with the other five stacks.
Valorant Acts and Episodes
Acts in Valorant are essentially seasons. You can work on your rank and keep track of your total advancement during each Valorant Act, which lasts around two months. An Episode is made up of three Acts. Hence an Episode typically lasts six months.
Valorant Act Ranks
Here is a general explanation of how the Act Rank Badge triangles work in case you’re unsure. Your Rank Act badge will be filled with a new triangle representing the rank you participated in after each match. The lower-ranked triangles will be replaced by fresh triangles signifying higher-ranked matches as you go up the ranks.
The badge’s border will also alter by the number of victories you accrue while holding that level. After an act, some people’s badges will appear rather colorful, but those at the top, dominating Radiant, may anticipate seeing a solid gold triangle.
Valorant Match History
Unlike CSGO, Valorant lets you track your rank progression through Match History. You can easily track your rank progression by going to the Careers tab; you’ll see three tabs Match History, Act Rank, and Leaderboards.
Along with kills, spike plants, assists, and first blood, you’ll be able to check data like wins and losses. If you enjoy playing a little meta, this knowledge is essential for understanding and improving your match performance.
In addition, you may check out how other players did during the same match. Just pick a game and go through the information.