Valorant has quickly risen to become one of the most popular games at the moment, and has a thriving community too, mainly as a result of its highly popular competitive mode.
Valorant’s competitive mode uses a tiered ranking system to organize and group players with other players of a similar skill level, so if you’re new to competitive Valorant, or just unsure about how the ranking system in Valorant works, then read on as we give you all the information and tips you need to succeed in competitive Valorant.
How Many Ranks Are There In Valorant?
Currently, Valorant’s competitive ranking consists of nine tiers, starting with the Iron tier, and ending with the Radiant tier. On top of this, each ranking tier then has a further three sub-tiers, except for Radiant.
These tiers are numbered one to three, with rank one being the lowest, and rank three as the highest tier. This technically means that there are 25 ranks in Valorant, with 9 major ranks.
The top 500 players in each region will achieve Radiant rank, and the top 1% of the region is bestowed with the Immortal rank, which is where you’ll find a lot of professionals and eSports players, and is the ultimate goal for all competitive Valorant players!
How To Play Competitive Valorant
If you’ve just downloaded and installed Valorant, and you’re all ready to go out and begin competing in competitive mode to find your rank.
Unfortunately, you can’t just jump straight into competitive mode, instead, you’ll need to get your Valorant account up to level 20 before you’re able to access competitive mode.
Whilst this might be disheartening at first, it can actually benefit you greatly, as it gives you plenty of time for you to learn which agents they prefer to use, the strategies for the maps, and just get to grips with some of the more general aspects of Valorant gameplay.
So make good use of this time to really hone your skills before you begin your competitive journey, as this will be key to ensuring that you rank well!
How Does The Ranking System Work?
Like a lot of other competitive game modes in most video games, once you’ve reached level 20 and are able to access Valorant’s competitive mode, you still have to complete 5 placement watches which will then determine your skill set, and what rank you will be given.
This is done by the use of a matchmaking ranking system, which is more commonly referred to as MMR, which is used to rate each player.
Each player is assigned a number that will be associated with their account, which will fluctuate over time, and will decide whether they go up or down in the rankings.
The ranking system is predominantly based upon whether you win or lose a game, with the emphasis being placed much more on your performance as a team. Individual performance is still accounted for, but to a lesser extent.
That is, until you reach the higher ranks, if you manage to find yourself amongst the Radiant or Immortal ranks, then the system will begin to look closer into the way you won or lost the game, as individual performance takes center stage in determining the matchmaking process.
This is to ensure that everyone playing in these ranks is pulling their own weight, and aren’t getting carried too heavily.
In addition to this, if you’re inactive for 14 days, then your rank will be hidden, and will return upon completing your first game back. You also don’t have to worry about your rank decreasing if you’re away longer this either, as it’ll still retain your rank.
At the start of a new competitive act, you’ll still have to complete another 5 placement matches to determine your rank, however, this time it will take into account your previous MMR, which will ultimately end up giving you what is known as a “conservative placement”, which means you’ll have to work a little bit harder to climb back up to the rank you were previously.
What Is An Act Or Episode In Valorant?
Whereas many other games that have competitive modes will split up the competitive break using seasons, Valorant instead uses something called Acts, which although differs in name, is essentially the same thing.
A Valorant Act tends to last for a couple of months, within which you can work on your rank and try to reach the highest tier possible, as well as being able to track your stats and progression.
An Episode in Valorant consists of three Acts, which means that an Episode usually acts for around 6 months.
What Is An Act Rank In Valorant?
Valorant also features something called an Act Rank, which is essentially a way of displaying your rank once an Act comes to a close, which then shows off your skill.
For every match you play in an Act, your Act Rank’s badge will be filled in with a new triangle, which represents the rank you played in throughout that Act.
As you climb up through the ranks, your badge will change, and newer, higher ranked triangles will replace the old ones.
In addition to this, the border of the badge will change over time too, and changes based on the number of wins you achieved in that rank.
By the end of an Act then, your Act Rank badge will look pretty impressive, but if you’re someone who plays in the Radiant rank, then you can expect to find a solid gold badge waiting for you at the end of an Act.
In summary, Valorant’s ranking system is mostly similar to a lot of other games that feature a competitive mode, so there should be no confusion when it comes to you starting your competitive journey!
Just remember that you have to reach level 20 before you can start!