Riot Games to Replace Arrows with Numbers for VALORANT’s Rank Rating System

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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Image Credit: Riot Games

Following many complaints from the VALORANT community regarding Riot’s ‘show, don’t tell’ approach to the ranked rating system, Riot will finally remove their up or down arrows and replace them with a simple system with numbers.

VALORANT’s vague approach to the rank rating system meant most average players had no idea exactly how much they needed in order to reach their next rank. And the system was sometimes really harsh to players in the low Elo.

At first, Riot explained that showing exact progress with numbers might not be a good idea as that may lead to more frustrations. But later Riot implemented an arrow system to let players know exactly how much they gained in the ranked match.

However, most players still thought this was not enough. Players just wanted more transparency regarding their rank rating system. In a recent leak, one data miner revealed some new information about the hidden number system in the ranked mode.

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Arrow System Removed from Episode 2

After much back and forth between the developers and the community, Riot finally decided to include a clear rank rating system with actual numbers instead of the infamous arrow system.

New rank rating system:

  • Minimum 10 RR gain on a win
  • Maximum 50 RR gain on a win
  • Minimum 10 RR loss on a loss
  • Maximum 30 RR loss on a loss
  • Maximum 20 RR gain on a draw
    • Iron to Diamond only. Immortal and Radiant is 0 RR.

Our goal with our rank update was to show players that we are…listening by delivering on…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,” developers Ian ‘Brighteyz’ Fielding and Jon ‘EvrMoar’ Walker on their approach to the rank rating system.

ranked leaderboard valorant
Image via Riot Games

Also, the ranked leaderboard, which was teased earlier, will be finally launching with Episode 2. Additionally, the current ranked ‘dorito’ system will remain unchanged. The community reaction regarding the new changes is mostly positive.

Riot also emphasized how they are always listening to the community feedback, and this is the start of many crucial changes that will be affecting the player experience in VALORANT.

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Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.