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How Does The Valorant Ranking System Work

Do you have a good understanding of the Valorant ranking system?

If you’ve been grinding hard in Valorant but are still unsatisfied with your current rank, you might not understand the system well enough yet. Sometimes you get dominant wins and still end up feeling like you didn’t get enough Rank Rating (RR) for the match. You can also get destroyed 13-0 and only lose a few RRs for some reason.

The Valorant System has been in development since the game’s official release, but they try to make minor tweaks to make it more balanced. All the changes can get confusing for new or returning players, so we thought we’d simplify it for you.

Check out our comprehensive guide on how the Valorant ranking system works and how you can use it to your advantage.

Ranking System

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Valorant’s ranking system is similar to other multiplayer game systems. You might notice some similarities if you have played any of Riot’s games like League of Legends.

Once you start playing Valorant, you cannot immediately play competitive or ranked games. You must complete 20 matches in the standard mode called Unrated. Your first five Competitive matches are then classified as your placement games.

These matches give you your initial rank, which is based on your performance and wins. Afterward, if you plan to rise through the ranks quickly, you just have to keep winning Competitive games. 

Divisions

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There are eight ranks or divisions in the Valorant system: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant. In Iron to Diamond ranks, there are three tiers or sub-ranks in each division. The last two ranks, which are Immortal and Radiant, only have one tier each. Overall, you have to climb 20 ranks in Valorant.

Most players, especially beginners, start at the Iron rank. If you perform better during your placement matches, you can be placed at a higher tier. For example, some new players who performed really well in their placement matches can end up placed in Bronze or even Silver.

As we go deeper into how the Valorant system works, you will find a formula that can help you rise through the ranks. It can get confusing, but we’ll try to make it easier for anyone to understand.

Rank Rating

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Your Rank Rating or RR is the number of points you get after each Competitive game. You earn RR points if you win and get deducted a few when you lose. How much you gain or lose depends on your overall performance in the match. You need 100 RR points to get promoted to the next rank.

You can gain anywhere from 10 to 50 RR if you win, and you will lose between 0 and 30 RR. If there is a draw, you win or lose from 10 to 20 RR based on performance. If you reach Diamond or higher, the RR rewards change. The minimum RR gain becomes 5, while the maximum RR loss becomes 50.

To get demoted, you must lose a match while you have 0 RR. When you rank up, you will start at 10 RR in your new rank.

However, it’s different in the Radiant rank. This rank only has 500 players per region, so you must have a higher RR than the 500th Radiant player. This rank has no demotion protection as well.

Matchmaking Rating

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Your MMR and RR are separate scoring systems in Valorant. Your MMR helps the game match you with the right players while the RR reflects your performance in Competitive games. 

Matchmaking Rating tries to put you in a game lobby with similarly skilled players. It is an invisible number that assesses your play level, but will either be ahead or behind your real placement. Your MM aims to move you towards the ranking you really deserve.

In the beginning, your MMR may place you as high as Immortal, but you will need to play a large number of games to reach your destination. If you keep proving that you belong in a higher rank, you will be matched with players closer to your performance level. The more matches you win, the higher your MMR gets.

When you win, you will get more points, and when you lose, you will lose less. All those extra RR points go towards preparing you to move towards the higher end of the rank estimation that you are.

How to Climb in Valorant

How to Climb in Valorant

Climbing the Valorant ranking system is easier if you focus more on improving your skills. You cannot control how your teammates play, so just try to play your best every time. The ranking system values the fact that you win as well as how you do it.

If you are a consistent Match MVP or have a good combat score, you will easily advance in the ranking system. Getting good performances also means losing less RR during defeats and earning more for wins. That way, as long as you win at least half of your matches, you will still earn net RR.You should learn a few agents that you can play well and consistently. It’s easier to climb the Valorant ranking system when you’ve mastered your main agent. A lot of players prefer duelists like Reyna, Jett, or Phoenix to get a lot of kills in games. Finding the best settings for you will also help you perform better.

You Might Ask (FAQs)

Difference between Unrated vs Competitive

Unrated is the standard mode of games in Valorant, while Competitive mode will help you determine your rank. You can earn XP from both games, but only Competitive or Ranked games give you RR (Rank Rating) points when you win, and you need those points to climb higher ranks.

What are smurfs?

A smurf is an experienced player who uses a new account or low ranked account when plA smurf is an experienced player who uses a new or low-ranked account when playing the game. You often encounter smurfs in lower ranks and can recognize them because they dominate the lobby. Smurfs are either looking for easier opponents or are trying to help their lower-ranked friends climb faster.

What is rank boosting?

Boosting is when high-ranked players create smurf accounts to help people get wins and rank up. This happens when players want to bring their friends to their elo. Some people also offer boosting services for a fee, but this is frowned upon by the gaming community.

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