Valorant Act I is about to end soon, and Act II will begin in early August 2020. Now, Riot Games has detailed the changes to the ranked system in Act II and the competitive side of Valorant as well.
Valorant Act II will introduce Act Ranks and a better way to share your competitive skill. In the current Act I Competitive system, your rank is very closely tied to your skill (MMR) and it can move up or down fluidly depending on if you are having a good or bad day of competitive play.
Act II will have a ranked system that promotes growth and engagement over ‘peaking’ at a top rank. After an Act, all that matters for your Act Rank are your 9 best-ranked wins of
the act, and how many wins you’ve gotten in the act. So if you peak at Diamond but drop
down to Gold, your act rank will only remember the good times.
Here are the details:
- Your rank will still be a close reflection of your current rating.
- We are now introducing “Act Ranks,” which track your ‘proven skill’ (this is new!), highest-ranked win, and # of competitive wins in the Act.
- At the end of the act, your Act Rank will be preserved as a badge on your player card in Competitive Games (and in your career history).
- Your ‘proven skill’ is your 9th best-ranked win of the Act, to demonstrate you can consistently win at that level.
- Your highest-ranked win is self-explanatory: It’s the highest-ranked win you’ve achieved in the act (right at the top of that triangle).
- Your Act Rank border is the surrounding border that evolves based on your number of competitive wins in the Act.
- You’ll also be able to review past Act Rank info in your Career Tab.
As you play, your Act Rank fills with smaller triangles. Each triangle represents your ranked match wins (Gold, Immortal, etc.) over the course of an Act based on the rank you entered the game with (hence your rank for that match). Wins at higher ranks visually replace your lowest wins to display the best of your Competitive games. For example, more wins at Radiant will push out your earliest wins at Bronze.
The border also changes as you hit these win thresholds: 9, 25, 50, 75, and 100. Starting in Act II, your friends will be able to inspect your Match History, including both your rank
and overall Act Rank progress.
You can view your progress toward your Act Rank Badge anytime in the career page. Your Act Rank Badge shows off your proven skill (best-ranked match wins) for that Act. This is based on your top nine ranked wins. Remember, you will have to prove your skill at that rank if you want to finalize it as your Act Rank.
For Act II, you’ll be able to earn that Act Rank Badge, which memorializes your Act II competitive skill and will display on your player card during Act III Competitive games. Your Act Rank Badge will represent your latest Act Rank and proven skill, so other players have a good indication of how you’ve been playing in the past two months.
With each Valorant Act, Riot Games plans to deliver a host of fresh content as well as balance changes.
Here’s what happens at the end of an Act for Competitive:
- Your prior Act Rank will be saved and locked in your Career tab.
- Act 1 Competitive data will be saved.
- You will be put back into abridged placements.
- It will take 3 games to display your rank instead of the initial 5.
- These placements are quicker as Riot Games will reference your MMR from the prior Act, so the developer can quickly assess your skill for the current Act.
- Your rank will be a conservative placement where we are confident you are able to
compete at that skill level, or higher.
- Typically, your rank will land a couple of tiers below where you ended the prior Act, but Riot Games will be increasing how heavily we weigh performance in your early games so you can quickly improve your rank if you play well and win.
- Placement games don’t count toward earning your Act Rank.