VALORANT Introduces Ranked Changes in Episode 2: Act 1

08:00 AM January 12, 2021

Following the introduction of Japanese native Yoru to their line-up, VALORANT has released much-needed ranked changes coming to Episode 2: Act 1.

Starting Episode 2, VALORANT will be introducing the following changes to their ranked system.


  • Regional leaderboards displaying stack rank for Immortal and Radiant players
  • Shift to solo/duo premade cap for Immortal and Radiant players
  • Rank rewards and end of Episode changes.
  • Removing progression arrows. Adding more rank granularity (progress bar and # numerical progress)
  • Many quality of life improvements

According to the developers of the first-person shooter, they are aiming to improve clarity on your ranked climb by showing you how close you are to ranking up. Furthermore, the game’s introducing the regional leaderboards function to help players see the best of the best of their respective regions.

The core rank system has been updated as well with the following mechanics now in place:


  • Min 10 RR gain on a win or loss
  • Max 50 RR gain on a win
  • Max 30 RR on a loss
  • Max 20 RR gain on a draw (due to performance)
    • Only for Iron–>Diamond where we take individual performance into account. 
  • Demotion protection where you must lose at 0 RR to demote
    • If you demote, you will not go below 80 RR at that rank
  • Promotion boost where you start at minimum 10 RR on a win
  • Majority of RR comes from win or loss (match outcome)
    • You will always gain RR on a win and lose RR on a loss.
  • Decisiveness of a win and at exceptional performance at lower ranks for individual performance can help you rank up faster.

For Episode 2 our goal with our rank update was to (hopefully) show players that we are and have been listening by delivering on what we’ve seen as the most consistent asks from the community: An easier to understand and fairer rank system, more rewarding recognition for your accomplishments, and a way to show who is the best of the best (yes, leaderboards…they are finally here)!”, said Senior Producer Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding and Senior Competitive designer Jon “EvrMoar” Walker.

Episode 1 ended last night at 10 P.M. The ranked changes come alongside the upcoming battlepass and the release of the Infiltrating Duelist, Yoru. Episode 2, Yoru, and the battlepass are set to be released today, January 12, 2021.

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