Valorant, a first-person tactical shooter that has everything it takes to be successful, but missing one crucial part. That is a competitive game mode, otherwise known as ranked matchmaking. Riot Games has expressed its statement regarding the question, and it seems that competitive matchmaking is about to arrive very soon.
Currently, in closed beta, Valorant does not include any matchmaking system or rating that would distinguish player skills or experience. It is hectic as it is, and sometimes public lobbies may lead to toxicity. But to give an answer to and satisfy the player base, Riot Games has already made plans about competitive matchmaking, scheduled to arrive with patch 0.49.
We've heard your requests to find out where you rank on the VALORANT ladder. Competitive mode is coming! Senior Producer Ian "Brighteyz" Fielding and Senior Designer Sean "Drevarius" Szopinski are here to guide you through it. https://t.co/EDnuMAT3cM
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) April 24, 2020
Just to notice, Valorant is currently in patch 0.47, in which character balances, bug fixes, and other issues were addressed. That is likely to be two more patches before the official arrival of the Competitive Game Mode.
In today’s update provided by Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding, Valorant’s competitive game mode will include ranks. Similar to CS GO, each rank will represent the experience and skill the player has, which will be accordingly given to his performance.
But, to unlock the competitive game mode and get to the very first rank, players will need to achieve some combat milestones. You can find them 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
Now, according to Riot Games, Valorant will get 8 ranks in total. Those are the following (low to high):
Ranked Matchmaking in Valorant is something Riot Games wanted to develop since the get-go but was unavailable due to the lower player base. What’s exciting to know is that Riot Games will push the fight to severe heights in fighting against smurfs. Smurf combatants will continuously be under pressure, so the big picture won’t incline boosted accounts to be a part of high skill games.
For more info on the competitive matchmaking, check Valorant’s official website.