Valorant has officially launched out of its closed beta, but players who were part of its early access period or tuned into streams of it might be surprised to find out that its ranked Competitive mode, which was offered alongside its default unrated game mode after a big update, is missing. According to Riot, this is both to give new players a chance to learn the game before being matched against players who may have an advantage from playing the beta, and to make sure the mode is stable. Competitive will be added back “a few patches” later after it has time to make some adjustments. The following Competitive explainer was written pre-launch, during Valorant’s beta period, so it may contain information that is subject to change based on how Riot moves forward with its ranked system, but we’ll keep it mostly intact for players curious about how it worked in the beta, and how it may work in the future.
Similar to games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant’s Competitive mode had to be unlocked after it was initially added to the beta. From there, players could start playing for a competitive rank, which serves as a reflection of their current skill level and affects how Valorant’s matchmaking system pairs them with other players in future ranked play. But not everything about Valorant’s ranked system is clear from the start. How many Unrated matches do you need to play before ranked mode unlocks and how do you earn your first rank? And what are the Valorant ranks anyway? Note that any or all of this information is subject to change as Riot continues to update Valorant in future patches.
How Many Games To Get Ranked Mode In Valorant?
To unlock Valorant’s ranked Competitive mode during, you have to complete 20 Unrated matches. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you just have to play 20 regular games through to completion. Winning or losing Unrated matches will have no effect on your rank once you do unlock Competitive mode. You are only graded on performance in a Competitive ranked match.