Valorant, Riot Games’ first shooter game, released last summer in June 2020, did not disappoint with the League of Legends (LOL) having set the bar high in the past decade. There is already a lot of hype about the game, played as a first-person tactical shooter game composed of a five-player team. The game is already making waves as an esport. Let's dive into some of the game highlights and gain some insights into the ranking system.
How to Become a Ranked Valorant Player
Before you can play competitive ranked matches in Valorant, you need to complete 10 matches in the game's casual, non-ranked mode. Once a player attains a rank, new opportunities of play open up with eight tier levels that add to the game's thrill. This is where the action is and goals for any shooter game enthusiast. What’s great about this latest addition to the shooter game genre is that the playing field has been shuffled, and to some extent leveled, this allows newer players to hone in on the action and possibly achieve higher rankings.
Valorant Ranking System
A player’s initial placement and lower-ranking levels depend on a player’s individual performance and skills. Individual performance becomes less important as a player climbs up the ranks where ranking starts to be influenced more by the overall team play, wins, and losses.
If we want to understand what ranks can play together in the game, it best to start with a brief understanding of the ranking system. How fast you go up the ranking ladder is based on your wins. Valorant has eight-tier levels. Rank levels start with Iron and go all the way up to Radiant (previously call Valorant). Each tier, except the last two, has three ranks, e.g., the Platinum tier is divided into three ranks: Platinum 1, Platinum 2, and Platinum 3.
If you add up all the sub-ranks in each of the eight tiers, you get a total of 20 ranks that players can work towards. Your ranking can fluctuate up and down these levels depending on the number of wins or losses. Although individual performance has some influence in the game ultimately over the long term, the rank is determined by the number of wins. The Valorant tiers are:
Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and the highest rank, Radiant.
What Ranks Can Play Together in Valorant?
The current Valorant ranking is raising quite a stir among players. Ranked players can make teams of five members for players within three ranks of each other. The earlier Valorant ranking system meant players could make up a team with other players six ranks outside their own rank, e.g., players from Iron, Bronze, and even Silver could make a five-member team and play together.
Riot has been tightening the screws on rank disparity to maintain the competitiveness of the game. Of course, for friends who enjoyed the flexibility of playing with each other outside this new criterion, it may take some adjusting to. From Act III, players can no longer queue with friends from within a six rank range.
We are likely to see changes to the current ranking system as Riot Games has always worked to readjust things according to player feedback and input.