Playing ranked games in Valorant is great. While normal matches can be fun, it’s undeniable that the knowledge your reputation is on the line makes the game a lot more thrilling. High risks give higher rewards and it’s more fun when there’s something to lose.
All that being said, let’s look at the different ranks and determine what will put you into each one. Believe it or not, higher is not always better, so read the whole article and determine which one suits you best.
How do I get ranked in Valorant?
Valorant’s games are split into two main modes – Unranked and Competitive.
You get your rank by playing the Competitive mode. Before you can do that, though, you need to play 20 games in Unranked. You rank up by winning a game. There’s a total of 8 ranks you can get, and they are all split into 3 different levels, except for the last one, Valorant. Here’s the full list of ranks:
Your rank is a status symbol. It feels good to show you’re better than everyone else and get that high-rank badge on your profile. However, this isn’t always for the best. Stressing out over rank is a bit like stressing out over your clothes in real life. The true pleasure of Valorant and of life in general is to not care too much about symbols and just enjoy the journey.
Don’t try to get a higher rank at all costs. Keep in your lane and be ready to stay competitive in each rank you’re in. Get a squad and work as a team. Cooperation is also a part of playing with people you don’t know. Getting mad over agents that won’t work as a team is pointless. Just try to get the most out of the situation and perform well.
Why? Because Valorant takes into account personal performance when measuring your rank. Other games can score your performance simply on whether you won or you lost the last game. Not Valorant. It takes into account your personal performance as well as your win-lose ratio during competitive play.
This avoids the awkward situation where you’re set up with a team of people completely new to the game, playing against more experienced opponents and you still getting a bunch of kills and losing.
The experience of losing rank just because of bad luck goes against what competitive gaming should be about – the skill rather than the chance. This is great for all of us try-hards that just don’t have luck during the matchmaking process.
Ranking up in Valorant
All in all, the Valorant ranking process isn’t particularly different than other games. All you need to do is work as a team, have good aim, and have fun while playing Valorant. Your rank isn’t just something to brag about, it’s the reflection of your method of play and your levels of communication. Stay in the rank that makes for fun gameplay and push yourself within reasonable limits.
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