Does Valorant have a ranked mode?

How competitive is Riot Games’ new first-person shooter, Valorant?

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Riot Games’ five-versus-five first-person, competitive shooter, Valorant, is all about players making split-second reactions. The faster gun can prevail, but the more accurate gunslinger who wisely uses their abilities will have more consistent victories and succeed with a reliable group. Given the game is made to be competitive, will it have a ranked mode?

When Valorant first launched, it did not feature a ranked mode. Riot Games did want to release this mode while the game was in the earlier stages of its beta. However, now that it has moved past those initial stages and players have become familiar with the game, and the team at Riot has released a handful of patch notes, the ranked mode has arrived.

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For those looking to qualify for Valorant‘s ranked mode, you need to finish 20 unrated matches in the game. You do not need to win these 20. You can win or lose to qualify to jump into ranked matches, and these wins or losses do not hold any authority in your ranking. Once you’ve finished those 20 matches you can jump into the Competitive mode, and then any win or lose you receive there does affect your account’s rank. In the Competitive mode, you need to complete five matches to receive a placement.

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There are eight different rankings in Valorant, the first seven containing three different tiers with 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest. The different rankings are as follows:

  • Iron
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Immortal
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Your account’s ranking is given to you based on the number of wins you achieve, and your overall performance in the game. Although, of the two, a higher ranking generally comes from numerous wins. The better you do for your team when you win, though, does help you excel and propel through Valorant‘s several ranking tiers.

Unfortunately, none of these rankings will carry over to the live game. While Valorant is in beta, your account’s ranking will only occur during the beta build, and you will need to requalify all over again when Valorant is available to everyone.

As of right now in Valorant‘s beta, there’s no difference between unranked and ranked matches. They both contain the same maps, agents, powers, and overall gameplay mechanics. You can also queue into games by yourself or with a full party of five friends. These are only the initial introductions of Valorant‘s ranked system, and they will change before the game fully releases and everyone has access to the game.