Riot Games Shakes up Valorant’s Ranking System With a Fresh Addition in Its Latest Update

Published 06/23/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

Valorant has finally launched its much-anticipated Patch 5.0 which is now live along with the Episode 5 Act 1. This brand new update has introduced a host of changes and is arguably one of the biggest updates of the game. With Patch 5.0, we now have a new map called Pearl, a range of weapon cosmetics, a new Battle Pass, and a whole new Rank.

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That’s right! Riot has decided to revamp the tiers of ranking in Valorant and has added a new rank called Ascendant. This rank comes between Diamond and Immortal, adding a wedge between the former high ELO ranks.

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With this revamp of the ranking system, Riot is putting efforts toward fixing the rank distribution at the top of the leaderboards by changing the Immortal rank from having tiers to not having any at all.

Valorant revamps its ranking system and releases a new map with its Patch 5.0

With the release of Episode 5 Act 1, Riot has now added a new rank in its tiers. Known as the Ascendant rank, it is placed in between Diamond and Immortal and was first revealed in a live stream by the Valorant developers.

Read the full details of Valorant Patch Notes 5.0 here.

Valorant’s new ranking system: Explained

The Valorant ranking system now has 8 ranks: Iron, Bronze, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Ascendant, Immortal, and Radiant. Just like the other ranks except for Radiant, Ascendant will also have three tiers before players can reach the next rank.

The first tier is shaped like a green gem surrounded by a grey border. The second tier adds two stars and a border to the gem’s top and bottom upon player progression. In the third tier, a star gets added to the gem’s center in a manner consistent with the other rank icons.

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Players will now be positioned as high as Ascendant 1 in the new placements, which replaces Diamond 1 as the max initial placement. Additionally, players that are Ascendant will be subject to new grouping limits of 5-stacks in rank. This means that for queueing, players must be no more than three ranks apart from Ascendant.

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Furthermore, the MMR has also moved with players being pushed to their respective ranks with the addition of Ascendant. The motive behind this move was to push Bronze and Silver ranking players upwards. Also separating the skill between Immortal and higher from the other ranks.

So, what are your thoughts on this new rank added in Valorant? Let us know in the comments.

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha is an eSports author for EssentiallySports and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Christ (Deemed to be University). He has always been into gaming since the ripe age of 9 and has never looked back. Apart from his deep love for narrative-driven or campaign-based games, he enjoys casually playing online games such as Valorant, Fortnite, FIFA Ultimate Team, Warzone, and GTA Online.

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