What could be more exciting than an Agent risking it all in the field? Risking it all while trying to best your fellow Agents, of course. Competitive Mode for VALORANT has received a bit of an upgrade, so it’s important you’re well prepared for the coming change. Let’s see if I can help answer some of your most pressing questions.
What are the requirements to play in Competitive Mode?
We can’t very well send green Agents out into the fray unprepared. You’ll need to win 10 unrated matches before gaining access to Competitive Mode. If you've already won 10 unrated, then you’d best get in-game to test your mettle. Please note that if you reached your 10th unrated win in a previous Episode, you won’t have to go through the whole gambit again.
What is the difference between Rank, Rank Rating, and Act Rank?
It’s important that Agents, like yourself, have the competitive edge, so we’ve devised a few different ways to measure your skill.
Rank will be familiar to you if you’ve been playing VALORANT for a bit. It’s a way to accurately determine both your skill and rank in matches. Plus, it’s visible to your party, in the character select screen, the tab menu, and the summary scoreboards.
Starting with Episode 2 Act I: Formation, you may notice a new way to track your progress: Rank Rating (RR). This new progress bar shows how close you are to the next rank. The Rank Rating only applies to players in tiers Iron to Diamond. For those at Immortal, it will show your RR as a number rather than a progress bar, and Radiant will show your position on the Leaderboard (more on that in a bit).
Act Rank is a bit different, but it’s certainly true to its name! It measures your rank across, well, an entire Act! Where your rank can fluctuate more easily, your Act Rank will allow you to track your progress overtime.
What are the VALORANT Ranks?
The ranks are: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant.
With the exception of Radiant and Immortal, each rank has three tiers. The higher the number, the better your rank. Your rank will play directly into your Act Rank over time (more on that later).
Rank Rating (RR) for Iron - Diamond
So what is RR?
If you’re taking down your targets in tiers Iron through Diamond, Rank Rating (or RR for short) represents a visual way to track your progress as you climb. Completing the bar means promotion to the next rank or tier.
You’ll start off with 50 RR after placements in your determined rank, and you’ll need to reach 100 RR before promoting. Once you hit that hundred mark, you’ll start the next rank with a minimum 10 RR buffer (just in case the next match in a new rank or tier doesn’t go how you’d hoped).
To demote, you’ll need to hit 0 RR and then lose again. You’ll start at the next tier down at 70 RR.
What affects my RR?
Winning and losing has the largest impact on your RR going up or down depending on the end of the match. However, there are other factors that have a smaller, but no less notable impact. How much you win by, extraordinary plays, and whether or not you’re the underdog in a match can all have an effect. Since we’re looking at the individual, it’ll be your performance under review, rather than that of your teammates.
Here’s a quick and easy guide to what you can expect from some standard match outcomes:
|Iron through Diamond||Reach 10 RR, start at 10+ RR||Reach 0 RR & lose again, start at 70+ RR|
|Immortal||Earn higher RR than the lowest Radiant player and pass regional Radiant threshold*||Reach 0 RR & lose again, start at 70+ RR|
|Radiant||Can't promote (max rank)||Lose more RR than lowest Radiant player or fall below regional Radiant threshold*|
* Regional Radiant thresholds:
- LATAM & KR: 100 RR
- BR: 200 RR
- NA & APC: 300 RR
- EU: 400 RR
How much Rank Rating you gain or lose is affected by your how close your rank is to your MMR (hidden matchmaking rating.) MMR is a giant ladder consisting of all players, and no two players can hold the same spot. In general:
- If your MMR is higher than your rank, you’ll gain more RR on wins than you lose on losses
- If your MMR is even with your rank, you’ll gain and lose closer amounts of RR for wins and losses
- If your MMR is lower than your rank, you’ll gain less RR on wins and lose more on losses
- Increase your MMR by outperforming your opponents and winning more consistently!
Keep an eye on Ask VALORANT for more relevant updates.
It’s also worth noting that going AFK, or queue dodging, in competitive games for a prolonged period of time will affect your RR...for the worse. Don’t risk the Ranked Rating penalty, and make sure to stay in-game once you’re in the queue.
So how does RR affect Immortal and Radiant players?
For Immortal players, RR starts the same in that once you make it to Immortal, you’ll begin with 10 RR. However, from there you can keep earning RR...forever! So long as the wins keep coming, of course. You’ll also see your Rank Rating as a number, rather than a progress bar.
If you're Radiant or Immortal, you’ll still see your RR as a number, but you’ll also see your position on the Leaderboards.
With the launch of Episode 2, you may have noticed a new tab at the top of your client. Leaderboards have arrived in full force. There will be two distinct Leaderboards per region: one for Immortal players and one for Radiant players. These will display the games won per Act alongside your rank, Rank Rating, Riot ID, Title, and Player Card. Don’t worry if you want to keep your greatness hidden from the world. You can opt to be a Secret Agent to retain your anonymity.
Tell me about Act Ranks.
Act Ranks will be measured by utilizing your rank. Take a look at this lovely triangle.
The top of the pyramid represents your proven skill (highest ranked win). The smaller triangles throughout are for the various ranked match wins you’ve acquired (color-coded for your convenience). Wins of a higher rank will slowly begin to replace the lower ones to give a more accurate visual representation of your progress. Your Act Rank is determined by the highest triangle in your badge after, though you’ll need to play at least nine games to fill the badge completely.
What’s an Act Rank Border?
Take a peek once more at the pyramid above. The border that surrounds the triangle represents your Act Rank Border. It will evolve based on your wins, changing once you’ve hit levels 9, 25, 50, 75, and 100. You can track your progress right underneath the pyramid.
And the Act Rank Badge?
In commemoration and celebration of your skill, you’ll be rewarded with a badge that you can view with pride. Your Act Rank Badge will represent your highest ranked win. You can view your Act Rank Badge on the Career tab. It’ll also show up on your Player Card, along with your current rank.
Your Badge will only be awarded upon an Act’s completion, so if you find yourself proud of your performance during Formation: Act 1, be sure to display your Badge with pride in Act 2, and so on.
Once an Episode comes to a close, you’ll also earn a gun buddy that represents the highest Act Rank you received during the Episode’s run.
End of Episode Rank Rewards
With our first Episode come and gone, we want a chance to celebrate all your hard work and dedication with a reward! End of Episode Rank Rewards to be precise. You’ll earn a special gun buddy based on your highest Act Rank rank at the end of an Episode.
Updates to Ranked Placement
Starting with Patch 2.04 (Formation: Act 2 for those of you keeping score), placements will be changing things up. You’ll still need to play 5 placement games when a new Episode begins, but it’s a little different for the start of an Act. If you’ve already placed during the Episode, your rank will no longer drop dramatically and automatically at the start of an Act.
Platinum 3 is the highest initial placement you'll find yourself in!
If you’re looking to place for the first time, you’ll only need to play 1 placement game to determine your rank for the Act (brand new Agents still need to play 5 placement games).
While your rank won’t automatically drop at the start of an Act, it can drop if your placement match is a rough one so make sure to take a deep breath and try your best before you go for ranked!
For our Immortal and Radiant Agents, you’ll keep your Leaderboard position, but the rank rating will drop by 90%, and all Radiant players will find themselves back in Immortal. Remember, Radiant represents our most elite Agents, so you’ll need to prove yourself once more to count yourself among them.
Speaking of Radiant, to qualify, you’ll need to not only be one of the top 500 players in your region, but you’ll need to have a minimum Rank Rating depending on your region.
Will my rank decay?
The short version is nope! No rank decay here, my friend.
The long answer is still no, but for those of you hanging out in the Immortal and Radiant ranks, you can drop on the leaderboard. Your rank isn’t decaying, however. It just simply means that your position on the leaderboard has shifted.
Can I play Competitive with friends?
Yes! You can queue up with friends even if they have a fairly large skill discrepancy... at least, to a point. If you're an experienced Agent, and your friend is still learning the ropes, our matchmaking will prevent the match in order to ensure a fair playing field. It breaks down as follows:
What is the Premade Size Cap?
For most folks, you can play with a full five-person team or less, so long as they meet skill disparity requirements listed above.
However, for those of you in Diamond 3 and above, you’ll only be able to play solo/duo queue.