How the Valorant System of Ranking Works – A Guide To Rankings
The topic of today’s post is how the Valorant ranking system works. If you appreciate FPS multiplayer games and have a strong competitive spirit, it’s time to experience Valorant’s competitive ranked mode. This 5v5 FPS shooter game had everything a player could desire when it originally came out, but Riot Games has improved on it.
You’ve honed your skills with your favourite Agents. It’s time to find out who the best community members are. Compete against others with comparable abilities to get to the top of regional leaderboards. You will be awarded with bragging rights if you accept the challenge.
However, before you enter in a competitive battle, you need get acquainted with the ranking system. Continue reading to find how Valorant’s ranking system works, how you move through the ranks, and how the game’s Acts affect ranking.
Valorant Ranking System – Overview
The ranking system for Valorant is a little hard to understand, especially for new players. It’s similar to other systems for ranking players in multiplayer games, but there are a few key differences that make it unique to Riot Games.
You can’t just start to competitive/ranked mode on a whim, for starters. You have to win 10 unrated matches before you can play in the competitive mode. When this new mode first came out, players only had to finish 20 unrated games to be able to use it. Unfortunately, because finishing games is easier than finishing matches, trolls and smurfs flooded the matched competitions, which caused a lot of problems.
Riot Games “upped” the unlocking requirements by making players finish more matches before they could unlock something. Well, it’s not a perfect solution, but finishing matches takes a lot more time and effort than jumping into a few easy matches.
You must win 10 unrated matches before you can move on to the placement matches. The game uses placement matches to figure out where you should start in the ranking system.
Don’t worry about matches for placement just yet. Well, even if you lose your matches, the game takes your overall performance into account, not just whether you win or lose a placement match. Valorant also looks at your last ten unrated wins when determining out your rank.
Ranks And Tiers
The Valorant ranking system has eight ranks or divisions:
- Radiant (formerly called as “Valorous”)
Each of the first six ranks has three tiers, or sub-ranks, that you must pass through to advance on to the next rank. The last two ranks, Immortal and Radiant, each have only one tier. Valorant has a total of 20 ranks, not including Unranked.
Well, most players start out at the Iron rank, but if they do well in placement matches, they can move up in rank and tier. For example, players who are really good can skip four levels and start at Bronze 2.
Also, you can skip ranks and tiers when you play in Competitive mode. Everything depends on your MMR (matchmaking rating), how well you play, and how many kills (frags) you get in a match. You have to be consistent if you want to move up the ranks. Get some MVPs and go on big win streaks, and you’ll advance up the ranks faster.
Well, it takes a lot of time, effort, and patience, but if you play well and win matches, you might be able to work your way to the top of the leaderboards. The top two ranks in the Valorant system are for the best of the best. Also, only the top 500 players in each region can get a radiant rank, and only the top 1% of players in each region can get an immortal rank.
You see, the “ranking decay” mechanism is used by several MMOGs to ensure that players return on a frequent basis. In some games, a player’s rank drops if they don’t play for a while.
There is no timer on rank in Valorant, so you may take a break if you need to. It’s possible, however, that you’ll need to play a placement game in time to get back into your previous rank if you’ve been gone from the game for a while. The placement game is useful for determining whether or not you have recovered the necessary level of skill to compete at your prior rank after a lengthy hiatus.
For competitive terms, it makes sense. Riot Games is dedicated to matching you with matches of similar skill. If you’re having trouble getting back into the groove of things, finishing a placement game can help. More importantly, you don’t want to get back into competition mode and realise that you’ve lost your edge.
Do you want to know how you compare to other players in your region?
In Valorant Episode 2, competitive players got a new feature: regional leaderboards. Well, the leaderboards show your rank and rank rating, as well as some personal information like your Riot ID and player card. You can always change your personal information to say “Secret Agent” if you want to stay anonymous while competing.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see where you stand on the regional leaderboards once you play in competitive mode. You have to play at least 50 competitive games first. To stay on the leaderboard, you have to put time and place into the game and play at least one competitive game per week.
As was already said, if you don’t play for a few weeks, your rank won’t go down, but you won’t show up on the leaderboard.
Checking Match History
As you progress through the ranks, reviewing your prior matches might help you figure out what you’re doing correctly and where you’re doing wrong. To view your match history, check the steps below:
1- Navigate to the game’s main dashboard.
2- Select the Career tab at the top of the screen.
3- Examine your last ten matches’ data.
Stats such as wins and losses, as well as kills, spike plants, assists, and first blood, will be provided. If you’re the type of player that loves going a bit meta, this information is important for understanding and enhancing your match performance.
You may also examine how other players did in the same match. Simply choose a game to check more about it.
Match Making Rating (MMR) Explained
Well, in competitive mode, one of the most important numbers you’ll never see is your Match Making Rating, or MMR. It’s how you get matched up with other players in competitive mode. Picture a big ladder, and think of your MMR as a step on that ladder.
Riot Games says that no two players will ever share the same rung or spot on the ladder. So, how you advance up or down the MMR ladder depends on how you do in each match. It is different from your RR, or Rank Rating, which helps the game put you with players of a similar skill level.
Rank Rating (RR) Explained
Your Rank Rating, though, is the amount of points you receive at the conclusion of each competitive game. In lesser tiers, RR points are awarded based on competition wins and overall match performance.
You must collect 100 RR points to advance to the next tier. Additionally, the allocation of points changes from game to game, but generally follows the pattern below:
- Wins: 10 – 50 RR, and 5+ RR for Diamond and higher ranks.
- Losses: – Minus 0 to 30 RR, with a maximum loss of 50 RR for ranks above diamond.
- Draws:- 20 RR (depending on performance) for ranks Iron through Diamond
Nonetheless, if you do not receive any RR points throughout the game, you may be demoted to the lower tier. If you are demoted, Valorant’s “demotion protection” ensures you will not fall below 80 RR for your newly demoted rank.
The good news is that you just need 20 RR to return to your old rank, but the bad news is that you were demoted in the first place.
MMR Vs. RR
Unlike other platforms, Valorant does not combine your MMR and RR scores into one. A player’s performance in competitive mode is ranked based on two factors: one helps the game pair you with the best players, and the other indicates how well you’ve done against other players.
It becomes confusing now because:
Riot Games does its best to pair you with matches who can create the most of your abilities, but it can only guess at your true performance potential. You may thank that “concept” for your Match Making Rating, which is unfortunate. Therefore, when making matches based on your MMR and RR, the Players are put at the bottom of their estimated rank.
If you “pass” the test, or if you routinely win, you will be placed in a tier where the other players are more on par with your performance level. In addition, your RR point balance will shift.
It’s win or lose: points result in more points, losses in less. All of your hard work in accumulating RR points will move off when you finally break through to the upper echelons of the system’s evaluation of your rank.
Riot Games intends for all MMR and RR scores to “move” in the future. Your MMR should help your RR accurately represent your performance, and your RR should enable you to prove that your performance merits the rank you’ve earned.