For a would-be competitive game, Valorant is currently missing one very important aspect: a competitive ranking system. Not for long, though, said Riot’s Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding in a blog post that described how rankings and a competitive mode would be coming to the game in an upcoming patch.
Aiming to solve the “common pain points” of ranking systems in other games, Valorant’s system promises to take personal skill into account to help combat smurfing, reduce boosted players, and ensure fair fights. The system will be implemented in the beta soon after patch 0.49 in NA and EU, with other regions to follow, and beta progress will not be carried over into launch.
To unlock competitive mode, you’ll need to play at least 20 unranted matches. Upon doing so, you’ll be able to climb through eight ranks, ranging from Bronze at the bottom all the way to Valorant at the top. Winning matches is obviously important, and the better you play the faster you can climb. The inverse naturally applies if you lose and/or play poorly. You can queue with friends to form groups of up to five, but everyone must be within two ranks of each other so as to avoid massive skill discrepancies.
There will certainly be more tweaks and adjustment to competitive mode after its beta implementation and into the live game. For now, you can learn everything there is to know about the system on the Valorant site.