Rocket League has a large competitive scene, and is probably one of the most popular games for competitive play, but it’s also well known how hard ranking can be in Rocket League.
In fact, there are numerous reasons why ranking in Rocket League is made so hard, but if you’re new to the game or even just the competitive side to the game, then it can be quite confusing figuring out how to rank highly.
In this guide, we’ll explain how the ranking system in Rocket League works, as well as how to place well on the Rocket League competitive ladder!
How Does Rocket League’s Ranking System Work?
Typically, games have a competitive ranking system that allows you to see other players’ rank, division, and the points they’ll need in order to progress to the next division and rank.
However, the distribution of ranking in Rocket League works slightly differently, which is why it’s so confusing to new players.
Instead, Rocket League makes use of a tracker system, which actually makes it easier for the game to correctly determine a player’s rank and division in comparison to the traditional ladder system, and also gives players access to information such as their total score, the points that player has won, as well as other in-game stats.
In order to progress and increase your Rocket League rank, you need to accumulate points, which are what help to determine your Matchmaking Rank (MMR), the more points you earn, the higher your Rocket League MMR is going to become!
After a few placement matches, you’ll be assigned a league, based on the number of games you’ve won and the MMR of the opponents you’ve beat.
These are the factors that go into determining the number of points you receive at the end of a match, which are then the points that will go into determining your rank. The more points, the higher your rank.
Rocket League Ranking Charts
The ranking chart for Rocket League is simply a visualization of how the game’s leagues look in the game.
The leagues are distributed into 7 different divisions, and go as such:
- Bronze: 1, 2, 3
- Silver: 1, 2, 3
- Gold:1, 2, 3
- Platinum: 1, 2, 3
- Diamond: 1, 2, 3
- Champion: 1, 2, 3
- Grand Champion: 1, 2, 3
- Supersonic Legend
These ranking charts are what help to inform you of the wins or points you require to move up to the next rank, and depending on what league you find yourself at the end of the competitive season, then you’ll be rewarded, which traditionally are skins. The higher your positioning, the better the reward is likely to be!
The Supersonic Legend tier was an addition to the game made by Psyonix and is the ultimate tier to the game, and whilst the exact MMR needed to be able to find yourself placed in this league somewhat varies depending on the gamemode, only 0.03% of the game’s player base actually reside within it, and is what all competitive players of Rocket League strive for.
Within this league, you’re likely to run into a lot of the professional Rocket League players, so competition is tough!
How Does Experience Affect My Rank?
The levelling system found in Rocket League is another way of assessing someone’s skill in the game outside of the traditional ranking system.
The truth is though, that someone’s level has very little to do with the division that players get placed into, a player can be in Diamond and still have a low level, and someone with a higher level can be as low as Bronze.
The levelling system has 8 stages, beginning with Rookie, and ending with Rocketeer.
How To Rank Well In Rocket League
Ranking well in Rocket League (see also ‘How To Get Better At Rocket League?‘) of course depends a lot on your skill level, and the game’s system makes its assessment of your skill fairly accurate, so don’t be too disheartened if you get ranked lowly, to begin with, as it’s an opportunity for you to be able to develop your skills and improve!
Aside from skill, however, you will also need a lot of patience, discipline, and even a bit of luck, which we’ll explain now.
You should be patient when it comes to deciding when to play your games and you should aim to play your games during rush hours, as there are likely to be newer players at this time, which should help you to ensure victory.
Rush hours depend greatly on your location, so you should look into that before you start.
A great deal of discipline is required too, you should ensure you’re playing daily in order to improve your skills and ensure you practice your aerial and wall-riding skills especially.
Try to play modes that will suit you best, if you’re better at either offense or defense then play in 3v3, but if your overall game is good, you could try playing solo.
You should also try to develop a strategy if possible, but you also need to be able to adapt well if your opponents manage to figure it out!
Learning how to play each of the maps is important too, as it means you’ll be able to compete well no matter what map you end up playing on!
A typical Rocket League competitive season will last between 3-4 months, after which your placement is then reset ahead of the next season. The Rocket League official website will give you the exact dates you need for this!
To summarise, the Rocket League rank system works very differently from other games, but once you know how it works, it gets easier to place well!