VALORANT - Competitive Mode FAQ

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's the difference between Rank 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, the tab menu, and the summary scoreboards.


The ranks are: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant. With the exception of Radiant, each rank has three tiers. The higher the number, the better your rank. Your rank will play directly into your Act Rank over time.

Your Act Rank measures your rank across, well, an entire Act! It’s determined by your highest ranked win, something we like to call your proven skill. 

Want to know more about Act Ranks? You can learn all about them in our Act Ranks and Episode Rewards article.

What about Rank Rating?

Rank Rating (or RR for short) represents a visual way to track your progress as you climb, and works different for ranks Iron through Diamond than it does for Immortal and Radiant ranks. To learn more about each, follow the links below.

Rank Rating (RR) for Iron through Diamond Ranks

Rank Rating (RR) for Immortal and Radiant Ranks

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.

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