Competitive games need a solid ranking system not only to be engaging, but also to offer a matchmaking experience that is as fair as possible, and in this regard, Valorant definitely delivers. This isn’t too surprising, considering how much experience Riot Games has when it comes to online competitive games. It’s not by chance that League of Legends continues to be one of the most popular games, after all.
Here’s everything you need to know about ranks in Valorant.
Everything You Need to Know About Valorant Ranks
Valorant sports a complex ranking system that features a lot of different systems that determine a player’s rank, their placement on the competitive ladder, and how they should be matched against other players.
Speaking strictly about ranks in Valorant, the competitive first-person shooter features eight different ranks: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant. The first six ranks, from Iron to Diamond, are divided into three different sub-ranks that you need to go through to move to the next rank.
When you play your first online matches in Valorant, you will be unranked and will have to complete ten unrated matches to get the chance of playing five placement matches that will determine your starting rank. Winning in these matches is important, but the game also takes into account how you have played, so you may end up in a higher rank than expected even if you lose most of them, but still manage to play well.
Once you have completed your placement matches, the real Valorant begins. Even though the game doesn’t feature a ranking decay system which decreases your rank if you don’t play for a while, you may have to play placement matches again to retain your rank, so make sure you don’t take too long of a break if you are serious about becoming one of the best Valorant players ever!
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