Three weeks after launch, VALORANT ranked is finally coming into the game. Patch 1.02, which releases this week, will introduce the ranking system as well as some other tweaks.
The ranking system has some new iconography to fit a sleeker, more distinct look. In the closed beta, “VALORANT” was the name reserved for the top 500 players. Now, the top rank is called “Radiant.”
At first, your ranking won’t be available off the jump. Soon after patch 1.02 there will be rank progression.
“In every VALORANT Act—which spans about two months—you’ll have the opportunity to track your rank progress throughout the Act,” the update from Riot reads. “We will start tracking your rank progress as soon as we launch Competitive with patch 1.02 behind the scenes, and soon after we will be providing you visible info in your Match History, and eventually in other locations in the client, around your overall performance for the Act.”
So it seems as if seasons will last two months, kind of like the Overwatch model.
The ranks underneath the top 500 stay the same name with Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Immortal, all of which have three tiers.
There won’t be an option to queue against only 5-stacks or solo players yet, although Riot is looking into the issue. This especially affects the Immortal and Radiant players.
“There is still a slight advantage to being in a 5-stack vs playing solo in these top ranks,” the update said. “We are looking into tactics to help address this problem, and plan to share more later this year.”
Also, a surrender option will come in an upcoming patch. The full patch notes for 1.02 are not out yet. The update is sure to be a big one for the game’s young competitive scene. VALORANT ranked is here to stay.
Nate is a student at DePaul University in Chicago IL, studying Communication and Technology. He first watched MLG Anaheim 2013 and has been hooked on esports ever since, primarily with FPS games. A proud proponent of the correct spelling of "esports" (never eSports or e-sports).