Ranked Valorant: explaining the rating system

The ranked VALORANT mode is one of the most popular play modes in the game. Players like to test their skills against similar opponents and climb higher positions.

But many players don't understand how the ranking works and how the game determines their skill level. Here's everything you need to know about ranked VALORANT mode.

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Placement of ranking and requirements for classification

Before unlocking ranked VALORANT, players must win 10 unclassified matches. Initially, players only needed to play 20 unqualified games, but that was easy for smurfs and trolls to complete. The new criteria for unlocking the mode require more effort and dedication, which should help eliminate smurfs and other problem players.

When you complete your initial 10 unranked wins, you will have to play five placement matches. This was designed to allow the game to find out which rating a player belongs to based on his performance in those games.

But even if you lose all of your placement matches, your performance will be taken into account. If you are consistently destroying and leading the leaderboards, your link will be higher.

It is possible to complete the placement games with friends, but it may require players to complete the games themselves if the system detects a large skill discrepancy.

In all, your hidden matchmaking ranking, determined from unqualified matches, your personal performance and your winning ratio in your five placement matches will go to your initial ranking.

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Matchmaking evaluation

VALORANT, like many other competitive games, uses a matchmaking rating system, commonly abbreviated as MMR. Each player receives a number based on their performance in the game that adjusts over time.

Players cannot see their MMR, but their games must be filled with players similar in skills. This allows each game to be matched, even if some players are ranked lower or higher.

According to the developers, players must consistently win at their current skill level to increase the MMR. MMR does not always correlate with ranking, but players can track their progress with the Ranked Rating system.

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A player's rating may exceed his MMR in some cases. If this happens, the system will try to push them back to the desired rating, which is why players sometimes lose more Ranked Rating when they lose and win less when they win.

If a player's MMR is greater than his rank, he will earn more RR on wins than he will lose on defeats. If the MMR is tied with your ranking, you will win and lose closer amounts in profit and loss, which is called convergence.

Players are usually placed at the bottom end of the convergence to test whether they are really better than their current opponents. If necessary, players will earn more RR for wins and converge with their MMR.

Performance-based RR

Riot Games introduced a Ranked Rating system in the Episode Two, Act One to help players understand their progress in ranked VALORANT. Previously, the up or down arrows were the only indication of progress, but the new Ranked Rating shows players exactly where they are.

“Everyone wants to know who is at the top of the top. Each region will be able to see anyone who reaches the Immortal or Radiant ranks (top 500) on a Score in the game client. We also want to ensure that the scores are a legitimate reflection of the best players, so we have established some requirements to get on the scoreboard and we demand that each player remains active in order to stay on it, ”says Riot.

Winning and losing matches rewards players with RR points based on their performance. The better the performance of an individual player, the more points he will receive after a match. Below, Riot explains:

  • Most CR points will come from wins or losses (result of matches).
  • You will always win CR in a victory and lose CR in a defeat.
  • In wins, you will receive between 10 and 50 CR.
  • Minimum of 5 CR for those who are on Diamond or higher.
  • In defeats, you will lose between 0 and 30 CR.
  • Maximum loss of 50 CR per defeat for Diamond players or higher.
  • In the event of a tie, you will earn a maximum of 20 CR (depending on your performance).
  • Only for Ferro ao Diamante ranks, in which we take individual performance into account.
  • Protection against relegation: You need to lose with 0 CR to undergo a demotion.
  • If you are demoted, you will be left with less than 80 CR in that rank.
  • Promotion boost when you start with at least 10 CR in a win.
  • Your contribution to a win and exceptional individual performance at lower ranks can help you move up the ranks faster (this will also propel smurfs to accurate rankings more quickly).
  • New look of celebration and ranking ceremony when receiving promotions.
  • Ranks information page updated to provide data on rank rewards.

Each ranking has 100 RR points and winning more or less will cause players to be promoted or demoted. Lowered players will not be placed below 80 RR points in the lower ranking. The promotion starts players with 10 RR of the next level after the victory.

Performing well in the lower rankings allows players to rank faster if they consistently dominate their opponents. But your MMR will maintain its ranks against players with similar skills.

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Links and divisions

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VALORANT has eight categories (or divisions). They are: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal and the highest level, Radiant.

The highest rating used to be called VALORANT, but Riot changed its name after the reaction of the community.

Each ranking has three levels through which you progress. Iron 1 (for example) is the lowest level in the Iron division, while Iron 3 is the highest. When you are finished with Iron 3, you will be promoted to Bronze 1 (or potentially higher). The Radiant, however, has only one level.

You can skip levels and even divisions if you accumulate a sufficient matchmaking index. Personal performance and frags are also taken into account. If you enter a big winning streak and consistently get MVPs, your chances of skipping rankings will be greater.

“Winning games is the most important factor in getting ranked”, according to Riot. But “exceptionally good” performance can help you qualify faster.

Fall in ranked VALORANT and new acts

Ranked VALORANT does not show a drop in rank, but players will need to complete a placement combination if they have been inactive for a long period. Their ranking will be adjusted based on the performance of this match.

Each new act redefines the rankings, and players must complete a placement match to earn their rank. The player's RR and potential rating may change based on his performance in this game, but the change is based solely on that game.

New players will still need to complete their five placement matches to receive a ranking. High level players must meet other restrictions and requirements for each act, which can be found in the notes of the 2.07 Patch. So, guys, good luck and good game!

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