CS:GO Ranking System Explained

CS:GO Ranking System Explained

Written by 

Owen Turner


12th May 2021 15:45

Before getting into platforms like FACEIT, you must understand the current state of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)’s ranking system. There are 18 ranks ranging from Silver 1 to Global Elite. Initially, you have to win ten games before getting your first placement. A combination of wins, losses, and activity determines your rank. It might sound simple to begin with, until you get into elo and glicko-2, which became major leaks to the ranking system in 2015. For elo, a player receives the point difference after beating their opponent, allowing the system to identify your skill level and give you a better rank based on your matches outcomes. Glicko-2 has a similar point system, which has apparently been removed from the game.   

how do CSGO ranks work?

Mainly over the past five years, players have been upset with the lack of quality in ranking points and have chosen to take their talents elsewhere, such as FACEIT. Now despite elo still having a spot in FACEIT, it works a bit differently. Their ranking system is also point-based, but works across ten levels. Once your elo rises above your skill level’s number - you rank up. One of the biggest differences is that FACEIT allows you to purchase a subscription to view your elo, and how it functions each game. This is a big deal since Valve has been known for keeping most of their information private. If you feel like a friend is climbing the ranks at a faster pace, feel free to check out their elo traffic. Now, like all games and platforms, you are bound to find players that are more focused on their ego rather than helping their team win.

CSGO Ranks Explained

A recent controversial topic appeared across Twitter and Reddit over the past few days. The situation involved a YouTuber by the name of VooCSGO who made a video explaining why players aren’t stuck at their level, but are rather more deserving of it. This discussion started with Voo receiving a DM on Discord from someone named Lucky asking him to review their CS:GO match, because they were so convinced that the ranking system was failing him. Throughout the video, Voo pointed out some major flaws, and how they could’ve been a significant factor in his team losing the game. In the pistol round, Lucky started with a force buy of the P250 while his teammates stuck with their starter pistols. This already causes harm to his team’s economy, so he must obtain a clear shot to make up for the loss.  

Despite getting the entry frag, he also baits multiple players and re-peeks bad information. Leading into the buy round, he proceeds to waste multiple utility and moves away from the crowd, going solo on the opposite bomb site. Later, he proceeds to miss a smoke setup, which forces his team to move and ends up complaining when getting killed. Not only does your skill level matter, but also how you treat your teammates. If you don’t have a team, you won’t have a winning game. To continue with the mistakes, Lucky chose to peek a known awper angle with a rifle and no flash, resulting in losing his gunfight. Now some people might watch this video with an open mind, realising that they might fit this role, and should practice how to become a team player.

CSGO Ranking System Explained
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Now the most important thing is, how can you counter these bad habits? Take time and research ways to become a better player and practice those techniques. For example, YouTube provides multiple videos on smoke setup tutorials, flash spots, how to jiggle peek, and when to grab information for your team. Need help with aim and movement?  Check out the steam workshop or CS:GO servers to practice these skills with friends or future teammates. Of course, watching pros play on Twitch is fun but take advantage of the matches and study the players. Spend your weeknights in discord calls with your buddies learning from the best and mirroring that gameplay online. Everyone wants to be a star player and boast, but being a team player is even more important. At the end of a game, a win or loss isn’t defined by the number of free kills you picked up, but rather the assistance you gave your teammates.

Remember that your teamwork defines your rank, and not some number on a point-based scale. If you can relate to this article, feel free to take the advice provided on becoming a better player. Or if stats interest you, go ahead and look into the ranking system, and research your own theory on how it works. Don’t be a delusional player with a big ego - but rather, work your way to the top.

Images via TalkEsports | Gamekit 

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