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Riot Games has officially unveiled details about its upcoming VALORANT ranked matchmaking. The post to the official VALORANT website is written by Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding, a member of the competitive team for the first-person tactical shooter.

“Competitive mode will be available soon after patch 0.49, starting with EU and NA,” the post states.

The competitive mode will be using the “same in-game rules and format as the Unrated, but with a focus on higher-stakes competition.” They do a follow-up by saying that this is still in the early stages and that it will be evolved over time but the “core experience we wanted to share with you all in closed beta.”

Something a little different from most competitive matchmaking systems which are largely, if not completely, focused on wins vs. losses, VALORANT aims to incorporate your individual performance into the equation of ranking up. “We’re taking your personal skill into account so we can recognize when you’re crushing it, combat smurfing, reduce players with ‘boosted’ ranks, and ensure that for most of your matches, you and your teammates are placed into a fair fight,” the post explains.

Riot gave a “bite-size summary” of the soon to be released competitive mode which you can read below:

  • Complete 20 Unrated matches to unlock Competitive mode
  • 8 ranks, 3 tiers each, except the top rank, VALORANT
  • Queue with up to 5-player parties, must be within 2 ranks
  • Rank isn’t displayed if competitive matches aren’t played within 14 days, but your rank doesn’t decay behind the scenes.
  • Closed beta rank does not carry over to launch

The ranks will follow a similar path to Riot’s popular MOBA League of Legends, starting with Iron. From Iron you move to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and VALORANT in that order as you progress.

They once again reiterate that while “winning games is the most important factor in gaining rank,” exceptional performances can help move you up the ranks faster. On the flip side, if you perform very poorly while losing you can drop at a quicker pace.

The VALORANT rank will be handled differently, however, as winning and the decisiveness of victories and losses will be the “only factor” measured. They state this is because “at the highest levels of competitive play, we trust you and your teammates have earned your way there.”

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