Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play Explained: All Ranks, Rewards, and Progression

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Ranked Play has finally been added to Modern Warfare 2. Here’s everything we know about the most anticipated game mode of MW2.

Call of Duty is one of the most popular FPS titles. The arcade shooter has always been a top contender for couch gaming. However, aside from the casual gaming aspect, CoD has its fair share of competitiveness.

While Ranked Play was unavailable in MW (2019), it has made it into MW2. Ranked Play is a full-fledged game mode that shares CDL’s core mechanics and rules. Players can get into Ranked Play and gain SR to push through the ranks. Here’s everything we know about MW2’s Ranked Play mode.

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What is Ranked Play Mode?

Ranked Play is the official competitive 4v4 Multiplayer experience for Modern Warfare 2, using the official rules, restrictions, maps, and modes from the CDL, which can be read here. Whenever the CDL rules are updated, expect changes to the Ranked Play rules to follow suit.

Players must be at least Level 16 to access Ranked Play but will have all unrestricted items – including weapons and attachments automatically unlocked within this mode to ensure that all players are on the same competitive footing.

Ranked Play Modes and Map Pool


  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • Embassy
  • Mercado Las Almas
  • Zarqwa Hydroelectric

Search & Destroy

  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • El Asilo
  • Embassy
  • Mercado Las Almas
  • Himmelmatt Expo


  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • El Asilo
  • Himmelmatt Expo

Ranked Play Skill Rating

Skill Divisions
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Playing matches grants Skill Rating (SR), which determines what Skill Division out of the eight you belong to: 

  • Bronze – Starting Division
  • Silver – 900 SR 
  • Gold – 2,100 SR 
  • Platinum – 3,600 SR 
  • Diamond – 5,400 SR 
  • Crimson – 7,500 SR 
  • Iridescent – 10,000 SR 
  • Top 250 – 10,000+ SR

Skill Rating (SR) Progression

Your Skill Rating is based mainly on the result of every match you play – simply put, win the game to gain SR, lose the match, and lose SR. Individual and team performance will impact the amount of SR you gain or lose each game. In higher Skill Divisions, team performance will be emphasized to reward all winning playstyles appropriately.

Ranked Play Rewards

Whether you’re in the Top 250 or have only ranked up a time, there is plenty that comes with winning Ranked Play games. And all of them can be shown off within Ranked Play, Modern WPlayre 2 Multiplayer, or even Warzone 2.0.

First, there are several Seasonal Win Rewards for this first Ranked Season, starting with a Sticker at five wins and a Pro Issue SMG Blueprint, which includes attachments that are fit for competitive Play that is awarded Play0 wins. Additional rewards up this progression path include a Charm, Decal, and Loading screen up to a Weapon Camo, which can be used on any weapon and is awarded after winning 100 matches.

Ranked Play Rewards
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In terms of Rank Rewards, there are a few critical items outside of a new Calling Card every five ranks and some other competitive-focused cosmetics:

  • Rank 5: Ranked Competitor Skin for use with both CDL Male & Female Operators on both Factions.
  • Rank 10: ‘Press F’ Emblem 
  • Rank 15: Pro Issue X12 Weapon Blueprint
  • Rank 20: ‘Ace’ Weapon Charm
  • Rank 25: ‘Turn It Up’ Emblem
  • Rank 30: ‘Ranked Win Tracker’ Gun Screen that displays the player’s lifetime Ranked Play win total. 
  • Rank 35: ‘I’m Cracked’ Large Weapon Decal
  • Rank 40: Pro Issue Combat Knife Weapon Blueprint
  • Rank 45: ‘Sweep’ Weapon Charm
  • Rank 50: Ranked Veteran Emblem & Skin for use with both CDL Male & Female Operators on both Factions

Competitive Integrity Features

  • From Start to Finish: Players who disconnect or quit matches will receive SR penalties as well as temporary suspensions, with escalating penalties for repeat offenders. 
  • SR Forgiveness: If a player disconnects or quits in the middle of the match, all team members outside of that player’s party will not lose ANY SR.
    • It is still possible to earn SR if players can overcome their disadvantage, but a loss at a numerical disadvantage will not yield SR loss for players outside of the leaving player’s party.
  • Fair Fights, Even Teams: If a player quits or disconnects before the start of a match, the match will be canceled and will not count. The remaining players will be returned to the main menu.
  • Professional Conduct Only: Friendly Fire is enabled in Ranked Play per CDL rules. Repeated Friendly Fire will result in players being kicked from games and receiving penalties and suspensions.
  • Demotion Protection: After advancing to a higher Skill Division, players will be granted temporary Demotion Protection and will not lose any SR within the first three games in the new Division. Following that initial protection, if players were to lose enough SR to be demoted, they will first be dropped to the minimum threshold of their current Skill Division instead of being demoted. Losing their next match will result in a demotion.
    • Demotion Protection is also applied for the player’s first 3 games of each Ranked Play Season. 
  • Party SR Restrictions: To ensure competitive fairness and balance of matches in higher Skill Divisions, players in certain Divisions can only party up with players around their current SR. The player with the highest Skill Division in the party determines which Party SR Restrictions are used:
    • Iridescent (Including Top 250) & Crimson: Can party with players within 1 Skill Division
    • Diamond: Can party within 2 Skill Divisions
    • Bronze – Platinum: Can party up without any restrictions

So, stay frosty and dive into action to find out where you stand in the ranks of MW2. Follow our Call of Duty guides for the best loadouts, tips, and tricks.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.