Heading into Act II of VALORANT, Riot Games has released a new ranked system for Competitive.

17:05, 27 Jul 2020

Heading into Act II of VALORANT, a new ranked system has been introduced for the competitive mode.

Act II is set to be arrive around August 2, and with this, senior producer Ian "Brighteyz" Fielding has confirmed the new system.

The system will include "Act Ranks", which will track your 'proven skill'. This means it will remember your highest performances in spite of when you're having bad days (everyone has them). The proven skill method will reflect on your ninth-best ranked win throughout the Act, finding a median average of your level. You will also be able to fill up your Act Rank badge, which will be filled with colour showing your history of wins at each rank.

Progression throughout ranks appears to have remained the same (based upon MMR), however for your overall, end of Act rank, only your best results will matter. For example, if you win nine games in Diamond, your badge will fill up with nine small triangles. If you have a minimum of nine, the overall rank you will receive is Diamond, even if you dropped to Silver. Each win will reflect on your badge, and you will be granted a triangle per win depending on the rank you are as your badge fills up. If your badge becomes full, your lowest ranked triangle will be removed in place of one that you have just earned.

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At the end of each Act, all that matters are your best nine ranked wins and how many wins you have throughout the Act. Basically, if you peak at Platinum and have worked through Silver, Gold and Diamond, you will only be remembered by your top nine wins. Even if you dip back through to Diamond and have nine wins in Platinum, you'll be remembered by VALORANT as a Platinum ranked player. 

The badge that you will receive at the end of each season will also have a different border, changing with how many wins you get. Gaining, 9, 25, 50, 75 and 100 wins will alter your border for the better.

Furthermore, Act II will also introduce a progress tracker in your Career Tab, allowing yourself and your friends to see how you have progressed through the ranks.

At the end of each Act, your rank will be saved and locking into your Career Tab. The next Act will start off again with placement games required, however, this has been reduced to three placement games to be awarded a rank, going off your previous rank too. Your Match Rank will likely land a couple of tiers below where you ended in the previous Act, giving you scope to improve, with good performances early on rocketing you through the ranks.

The system will remain as Iron - Radiant, with the same subdivisions that will reflect on your rank badge.

In a news post, Fielding said, "We want you to have an accurate representation of your current skill in matches. We also want to build a ranked system that promotes growth and engagement over ‘peaking’ at a top rank, getting anxious about losing it, and stuffing it in the fridge", which has been the deciding factor over the changes.

Fielding had previously stated "it’s worth saying that this ranked system is a living work in progress, so don’t stop your comments. Expect us to continue to make improvements based on your feedback,” indicating that this system may change again in the future depending on community feedback.

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