The rank distribution across various competitive games can be useful or interesting to know, especially if you regularly play competitive matches in such games. In Valorant, competitive players will have a rank of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, or Radiant. All of which have ranks one to three between them, except from Radiant, but how are the ranks distributed between Valorant players right now? And how may your rank affect your matchmaking?
In this guide, we explain the current rank distribution in Valorant, and how this may impact matchmaking in competitive games.
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Valorant Rank Distribution - December 2021
Valorant rank distribution changes regularly, but it is rare that the distribution ever changes by dramatic amounts. We have listed the most recent rank distributions across Valorant below, but will be sure to update this page regularly with any changes.
Data is courtesy of Vincenzo 'Skulz' Milella, and all competitive matches across all regions are considered.
Changes to Ranked Matchmaking in Valorant
As of Patch 3.10, changes were made to competitive matchmaking in Valorant in order to make things more balanced between teams and attempt to reduce toxicity in matches. We have outlined the changes made below. These patch notes are courtesy of Riot Games.
If everyone in your group is Diamond 2 and below:
You can expect increased queue times as we will only matchmake your team against another 5 stack of similar average MMR.
Rank Rating gains and losses will be reduced when playing in a 5 stack outside of our current rank restrictions rules. The amount that your RR is adjusted depends on the rank disparity within the group.
Let’s walk through a couple example cases:
You party with 4 of your friends. The lowest team member is Silver 1 and the highest is Platinum 1. Your team will be given a 50% RR reduction because the highest and lowest members are 1 rank outside the standard group restrictions.
In the same group, you have 1 team member leave, and bring in your other friend who is Bronze 1. Now the skill disparity has increased to 4 ranks outside of the standard grouping restrictions. Your team will be given a 75% RR reduction as a result.
If one or more members of your group are Diamond 3 and above:
Your expected queue times may vary greatly, and could increase dramatically as you will wait indefinitely for another 5-stack of similar MMR to play against.
At minimum, a 50% RR reduction will be applied to all 5-stacks including a member from these ranks, and this amount can increase to 90% as the disparity in skill increases.
Let’s walk through a couple examples of these:
4 of your party members are Immortal and one of your friends is Diamond 2. The whole squad has a 75% reduction to RR gains and losses due to rank disparity.
Your team grinds until your Diamond 2 friend reaches Diamond 3. The whole squad will now have a 50% reduction to RR gains and losses; A penalty that is applied to any 5-stack in Diamond 3 or above.
If one or more members of your group are Radiant:
Similar to Diamond 3-plus, you will wait indefinitely for another 5-stack of similar MMR to play against, potentially increasing your queue times drastically.
At minimum, a 75% RR reduction will be applied to all 5-stacks including a member from these ranks. Playing with any player below Radiant automatically reduces your potential RR by 90%.
That's all you need to know about the current rank distribution in Valorant and any changes you may need to be aware of. We'll be sure to update this page regularly with further changes to distribution or matchmaking! In the meantime, check out our tips on how to get better at Valorant. You'll hopefully reach top ranks in no time.
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