VALORANT: What Does ACS Mean? How Does it Work?

You might’ve always wondered what ACS means in VALORANT. Well, you’ve come to the right place as here we’ll discuss everything you need to know about ACS, what it is, what it does, and how it is calculated.

VALORANT is a tactical 5v5 Hero shooter game developed by Riot Games. Since its release, VALORANT has garnered the attention of a lot of gamers. Being free-to-play and beginner-friendly, VALORANT is enjoyed by millions of players all around the world.

No matter what FPS games you play, you must be familiar with specific terms such as K/D, HP, ADR, and more. These are some of the most common terms used in popular FPS games like VALORANT, CS: GO, and Rainbow Six Siege.

However, there are also some exclusive parameters used for certain games. One such term or parameter is called ACS. You must’ve seen ACS at the end of every match, followed by some numerical values. But what exactly does it mean?

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What Does ACS Mean in VALORANT?

Average Combat Score
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ACS is the abbreviation of Average Combat Score in VALORANT. It is much easier to say ACS instead of phrasing three consecutive words. Thus players like to use the term ACS instead of Average Combat Score for accessible communication.

However, it does not disregard the fact that it is essential to know what ACS actualyl means. ACS is a parameter that shows your contribution towards a match. In simple terms, it shows your performance in a match.

Many factors such as Kills, Assists, Damage, Multi kills, and more contribute to a higher ACS. And higher ACS contributes to additional Rank Ratings (RR) in VALORANT. So, generally speaking, the higher ACS you get in a match, the more RR point you will receive from that particular match.

How Does ACS Work?

As mentioned earlier, many factors such as Kills, Assists, Damage, Multi kills, and more contribute to the ACS. Even within these factors, there are other variables that impact how your ACS will be for a match.

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For example, you might get the same or more kills and assists than a second player in a match. However, you can still get less ACS compared to that player. Why? It is because of how ACS is calculated.

This is the list of scores you get for specific actions in a round:

  • Damage: 1 point each
  • Kills based on enemies alive: 150/130/110/90/70
  • Multikills: +50 per extra kill
  • Non-damaging assist: 25

All these scores for specific actions added together in a single round provide a combat score for each round. Adding all combat scores per round will give you the total combat score for the whole match. And, if you divide your total combat score by the number of total rounds played, you can get your Average Combat Score for that specific match.

As mentioned earlier, there are also other variables VALROANT considers while calculating ACS. For example, getting the first kill in a round will provide extra scores for a player compared to a second player who gets the last kill in the same round.

Also, getting multi-kills in a single round will result in much higher combat scores than other players who got the same number of kills in multiple rounds. So, these variables and factors are also considered while calculating ACS.

Does ACS Affect Rank Rating?

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In short, Yes! ACS affects your Rank Rating or RR. Higher ACS will give you more RR compared to lower ACS. However, ACS is not the only factor considered while calculating your Rank Rating. Factors such as your Rank, teammates’ ranks, and opponents’ ranks also affect how much RR you will get.

VALORANT is a team game, and you should always go for the team victory instead of personal ACS or K/D. Nonetheless, maintaining a higher ACS is always a good idea as it eventually means your overall performance and contribution toward a match. And, having high ACS definitely means you are following the right direction

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