Riot finally addresses the confusion regarding VALORANT’s rank system on their recent ask VALORANT blog and explains exactly how the Rank Ratings (RR) and Match Making Rating (MMR) work.
VALORANT uses the MMR system to determine the true skill level of the players. You cannot be placed on the same MMR level with players who are far better than you. You have to bring others down on the ladder in order to climb up by winning the games. Again, you will be demoted by other players if you lose your game and they will eventually take your spot. This is the basic premise of the whole MMR system.
“MMR is a giant ladder, consisting of all players. If you win, you climb up and push others down. Alternatively if you lose, you get pushed down by others”, VALORANT dev on MMR.
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MMR is completely different from Rank Ratings. Your MMR is hidden by default so that you don’t suffer constant changes in your competitive rank. The system places you on a lower rank than your real MMR at the beginning of every rank season to test if you are really worth that MMR. If you win the placement matches, you can get what you deserve. Then, your RR will start to increase with each individual win.
“When you queue into ranked for the first time, or after an Episode reset, we have an idea of where your “Rank” belongs because we rely on your MMR as a guideline. Unfortunately we only have an “idea,” so we place you on the low end of where we think you belong.”, Devs said.
If you keep on winning the games, your rank will meet your MMR. You have to improve your skills and win more matches than losing to climb up the competitive ladder when this happens. If you crossed your MMR and gained a higher rank, you will lose more RR on your loss than what you usually get on your win. You can overcome the situation by winning more games than the players above your MMR.
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- If your MMR is higher than your rank, you’ll gain more RR on wins than you lose on losses
- If your MMR is even with your rank, you’ll gain and lose closer amounts of RR for wins and losses
- If your MMR is lower than your rank, you’ll gain less RR on wins and lose more on losses
- Increase your MMR by outperforming your opponents and winning more consistently!