Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play Game Modes and Rewards

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
6 Min Read
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Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play is finally coming with the upcoming Season 1 Reloaded update.

Call of Duty has always been a casual console game for most players. However, it also features a competitive side since Black Ops II. Aside from the official CDL tourneys, casual players can also participate in competitive game modes by tuning into Ranked Play.

Ranked Play is CoD’s official competitive game mode in-game. Modern Warfare 2 received Ranked Play a long time after its release. Fortunately, Modern Warfare 3 is set to receive the game mode with the Season 1 Reloaded update. Here’s an overview of Modern Warfare 3’s Ranked Play modes, maps, and rewards.

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What is Ranked Play Mode?

Ranked Play is the official competitive 4v4 Multiplayer experience for Modern Warfare 3, 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.

Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play
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Players must be at least Level 55 to access Ranked Play. Still, they 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.

All Ranked Play Game Modes and Map Pool

Ranked Play will feature three classic game modes with a map pool similar to CDL’s official format. Here are all the available game modes and their respective map pool:

CDL Search & Destroy

Search and Destroy is the classic bomb plant game mode with Attackers and Defenders. However, in Ranked Play the rules and the map pool of the game mode are determined with the CDL format. Here are the rules and the supported maps:

  • No respawning
  • 1.5-minute round timer
  • Friendly Fire enabled
  • Supported maps include:
    • Highrise
    • Invasion
    • Karachi
    • Skidrow
    • Terminal

CDL Hardpoint 

Hardpoint is a classic game mode where players need to control a revolving point and the team reaching 250 points first wins. However, in Ranked Play the rules and the map pool of the game mode are determined with the CDL format. Here are the rules and the supported maps:

  • 5-minute time limit
  • 250 score limit
  • 60-second objective rotation
  • Friendly Fire enabled
  • Supported maps include:
    • Invasion
    • Karachi
    • Skidrow
    • Sub Base
    • Terminal

CDL Control 

Domination is a classic game mode where players fight over the control of three points on the map, and the team with the most points wins in the end. However, in Ranked Play, the rules and the map pool of the game mode are determined with the CDL format. Here are the rules and the supported maps:

  • 30 lives per team
  • 1.5-minute time limit
  • 3-round win limit
  • Friendly Fire enabled
  • Supported maps include:
    • Highrise
    • Invasion
    • Karachi

All Ranked Play Rewards

This year, there are two types of Ranked Play rewards- Seasonal and Skill Division. Here is everything you can earn by playing Ranked Play after it launches:

Season 1 Ranked Play Rewards

  • Win five Ranked Play matches to earn the “MWIII Season 1 Competitor” Weapon Sticker.
  • Win 10 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Pro Issue Gutter Knife” Weapon Blueprint.
  • Win 20 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Script Writer” Weapon Charm.
  • Win 30 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Built Different” Large Decal.
  • Win 40 Ranked Play matches to earn the “MWIII Ranked Play Season 1” Loading Screen.
  • Win 50 Ranked Play matches to earn the “MWIII Season 1 Ranked Veteran” Weapon Camo.

Season 1 Skill Division Rewards

While the above rewards are earned in-season after winning a certain number of matches, the Skill Division rewards are handed out at the end of the season based on your best Skill Division obtained during that time.

Bronze & Silver: Players who reach the Bronze or Silver Skill Division will be awarded with an accompanying “Season 1” Emblem.

Gold through Crimson: Players who reach Gold through Crimson will also receive new Ranked Play–themed Operator Skins and Weapon Charms in addition to the Skill Division Animated Emblem reward.

Iridescent: Reach the Iridescent Skill Division to earn the “MWIII Season 1 Iridescent” animated Calling Card in addition to the Skill Division’s Operator Skins, Animated Emblem, and Weapon Charm rewards.

Top 250: The best of the best will earn the Top 250 Operator Skins, a Weapon Charm, a unique animated Emblem and Calling Card for those who finish between #2 and 250, and a unique one-of-a-kind animated Emblem and Calling Card for the #1 ranked player of the season.

So, stay frosty as Ranked Play is almost around the corner. Ranked Play will be available in Modern Warfare 3 with the launch of Season 1 Reloaded on January 17, 2023.

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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.