15 Jul 2021 3:07 PM +00:00

Valorant "Rated" Ranked Play Guide: All Ranks, Badges And More

Valorant is a 5v5 tactical shooter with unique abilities for every Agent in the game. Each Agent is classified into a specific role that focuses on a particular aspect.

Understanding these roles properly will help players rank up quickly in Valorant quicker. At the same time, having a crisp aim with smooth mechanics will give you an edge in every fight.

So if you're tired of being stuck at low elo, playing ranked games without much improvement, then fret not for we have you covered.

Here is everything you need to know to improve and rank up swiftly in Valorant.

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All Ranks And Badges

Valorant has eight tiers in its Ranked System with Iron being the lowest. In order to acquire a rank, players will first have to play a certain number of matches in Unranked and competitive mode.

Each rank tier has three sub-divisions, and Radiant (highest) is the only rank with a single tier.

The ranks are as follows:

  • Unranked
  • Iron
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Immortal
  • Radiant
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You can also check out the badges below:

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Valorant Ranked Mode Guide

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Aiming

Aiming is perhaps the most important factor players need to focus on to improve in Valorant. The first thing they can do before jumping in a match is to head over to the practice range and figure out their sensitivity.

Aiming sensitivity makes all the difference in a gunfight. Choosing the settings which help you aim better will improve your gameplay exponentially.

Once players have figured out that bit, they can start shooting AI robots in the practice range. Focus on getting the one-tap headshots instead of speed.

The goal is to become more accurate with the least amount of crosshair repositioning. Hence, players need to first improve their accuracy and then focus on speed.

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While practising with AI, players should focus on crosshair positioning, pre-firing, spray control, counter-strafing, tracking and micro-adjustments.

Doing these few routines for half an hour before getting in a ranked game will show results within a week.

It's all about incorporating that crisp aim consistently into your gameplay.

Movement and positioning

Movement and positioning are critical factors in FPS titles. In Valorant, players can decide the outcome of a fight by using their movement alone.

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Once players have mastered the movement, they can dodge incoming bullets, turn away from flashes, jiggle-peek for easy picks and top frag in every match.

Valorant is a game of patience and precision where good positioning and peeking gives the player a clear advantage. Knowing where to hide behind, or crouch, or create a one-way flash will help players improve rapidly.

Positioning yourself right will make a difference and give you the easy 1v4/5 clutch that would give Shroud a run for his money.

However, players need a comprehensive grasp of Valorant's game mechanics to incorporate complex movement in their gameplay.

Game mechanics

Valorant is a game that rewards players for proper crosshair placement, strafing, counter-strafing, jiggle-peeking, shoulder peeking, etc. but incorporating this all at once might be difficult. Players need to start off easy as implementing these mechanics in a real match will depend on impeccable timing.

For instance, suppose you are defending A site on Ascent with a flash Agent, naturally, you select an angle that will flash the opponents and allow you to peek. So it goes like clockwork, you flash, peek, get a frag, but wait, you see there are other players flashed as well! What to do, reposition or go for the kill?

Pro players often face the same dilemma in major tournaments, and with their precise aim, most go for the second kill, but they do it by one tapping the enemy.

For those of you who rely on spraying down the opponent more than one tapping, the best solution is to reposition and place your crosshair at a height that can stop the incoming rush.

Anticipating the opponent's movement and accounting for crosshair reflex with proper positioning will help players get easy frags when they are outnumbered.

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Map knowledge

To know the maps better, it is best to practice directly on the Map, players can do this in custom mode. Head down to a specific map with your friends and practice for a while.

Practising on maps will help players master complex motions like jump-shooting or using zip-lines. It will also give them a good understanding of lineups that can change the game in a post-plant situation.

During practice sessions, players can try out effective rotations and site retakes with their friends. This will not only help them with spike defuse situations but also habituate players with clutch situations.

In custom matches, focus on combining abilities with your teammates, and make sure to peek together. After a few rounds in a couple of maps, jump into ranked matches only when you're confident with your aiming and positioning.