MW2 Ranked Play: Map Pool, Skill Divisions & Rewards

CDL operators in Modern Warfare 2 ranked mode are just one of the incoming rewards.Activision

Ranked Play in MW2 builds on its predecessors offering one of the most in-depth competitive game modes in Call of Duty history.

MW2 Ranked Mode gives players a chance to compete in a more official capacity than regular multiplayer which is designed to be accessible more so than competitive.

The aim of Ranked Play is to organize similar skill players into divisions, allow them to compete against each other, and advance players that come out on top. Climbing the divisions to earn mode exclusive rewards and content.

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It plays very differently from any other MW2 game mode, restricting numerous loadout options, including most weapons and killstreaks. This is done to ensure a more competitively balanced competition and minimize the randomness of each gunfight.

Anyone looking for the perfect Ranked classes should check out our guide here.


MW2: Ranked Play map pool

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Ranked Play is coming to MW2 on February 15.

Ranked offers a very different experience than regular public matches. One of the reasons for this is that only specific combinations of game modes and maps appear in rotation. These combinations are based on the CDL ruleset that is used in MW2’s professional league.

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These are the game modes and maps that are currently available in Ranked Play:

Search and Destroy:

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


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


  • El Asilo
  • Himmelmatt Expo
  • Breenbergh Hotel

MW2: Ranked Play permitted weapons

In addition to a limited map pool, MW2 Ranked Play also limits what weapons players can use. Several gun categories such as LMGs. DMRs, and Battle Rifles cannot be used at all. The majority of semi-auto weapons are banned and guns capable of a one shot kill are banned outside of sniper rifles.

These are the primary and secondary weapons that are currently available in Ranked Play:

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Assault Rifles

  • TAQ-56
  • Lachmann-556
  • M16
  • Kastov 545
  • M13B


  • VEL 46
  • MX9
  • Lachmann Sub
  • Vaznev-9K
  • FSS Hurricane
  • Minibak
  • BAS-P
  • PDSW 528

Sniper Rifles

  • MCPR-300
  • Victus XMR
  • Signal 50
  • LA-B 330
  • SP-X 80
  • FJX Imperium


  • X12


  • Combat Knife

MW2: Ranked Skill Divisions

MW2 Ranked Play uses a divisional system similar to previous models, albeit this time with some extra ranks added.

Instead of placement matches, every player starts as a Bronze ranked player. Users move up by acquiring the minimum amount of Skill Rating required for each Skill Division. Upon reaching a new rank you cannot be demoted immediately as Demotion Protection offers a safety net.

Skill Rating Forgiveness is a new feature that prevents team members from losing any Skill Rating if a teammate disconnects or quits in the middle of the match. If a player disconnects or quits in the middle of the match, all team members outside of that player’s party will not lose SR.

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A player’s highest Skill Division placement decides the rewards they earn and where they will start for the next season. At the start of a new season all players will be deranked down one tier below where they finished last season.

Here are the seven Skill Divisions and the required Skill Rating for each.

  • Bronze – 0-899 SR
  • Silver – 900-2,099 SR
  • Gold – 2,100-3,599 SR
  • Platinum – 3,600-5,399 SR
  • Diamond – 5,400-7,499 SR
  • Crimson – 7,500-9,999 SR
  • Iridescent – 10,000 SR+

Additionally, the Ranked leaderboards show the Top 250, meaning that the players with the highest Skill Rating in the game will have their names and ladder position shown off on the Ranked Play leaderboard.

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Pro players have a unique marking on the leaderboard that shows what organisation they play for to make keeping track of the world’s best MW2 players easier.

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Ranked Play seasonal rewards

MW2 features a Ranked Play reward system where every five wins players climb one rank. Some ranks include unique rewards including Operating Skins, Weapon Blueprints, and more.

Here are the Ranked rewards:

  • Rank 5: ‘Ranked Competitor’ Operator Skin
  • Rank 10: ‘Press F’ Emblem
  • Rank 15: ‘Pro Issue’ X12 Blueprint
  • Rank 20: ‘Ace’ Weapon Charm
  • Rank 25: ‘Turn It Up’ Emblem
  • Rank 30: ‘Ranked Win Tracker’ Gun Screen
  • Rank 35: ‘I’m Cracked’ Large Weapon Decal
  • Rank 40: ‘Pro Issue’ Combat Knife Blueprint
  • Rank 45: ‘Sweep’ Weapon Charm
  • Rank 50: ‘Ranked Veteran’ Operator Skin

Players also receive additional rewards based on what Skill Division they reach in Ranked Play. There is no other way to receive these rewards outside of finishing a season at the required Skill Division.

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Here are the Skill Division rewards.

  • Bronze: ‘Season 3 Bronze’ Emblem
  • Silver: ‘Season 3 Silver’ Emblem
  • Gold: ‘Gold Competitor’ Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Gold’ Emblem and Weapon Charm
  • Platinum: ‘Platinum Competitor’ Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Platinum ‘ Emblem and Weapon Charm
  • Diamond: ‘Diamond Competitor’ Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Diamond’ Emblem and Weapon Charm
  • Crimson: ‘Crimson Competitor Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Crimson’ Emblem and Weapon Charm
  • Iridescent: ‘Iridescent Competitor Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Iridescent’ Emblem and Weapon Charm
  • Top 250: ‘Top 250 Competitor Operator Skin & ‘Season 3 Top 250’ Emblem, Weapon Charm, & Calling Card
  • Rank 1: Unique ‘Season 3 #1 Overall’ Calling Card

Finally, a third set of rewards exist in MW2 Ranked Play that can only be earned in a specific season. These rewards for Season 3 are as follows:

  • 5 Wins: ‘Season 3 Competitor’ Weapon Sticker
  • 10 Wins: ‘Pro Issue’ TAQ-56 Weapon Blueprint
  • 25 Wins: ‘I’m That Dawg’ Weapon Charm
  • 50 Wins: ‘Tippable’ Large Weapon Decal
  • 75 Wins: ‘Ranked Play Season 3’ Loading Screen
  • 100 Wins: ‘Season 3 Ranked Veteran’ Weapon Camo

That’s the latest Ranked info at this time, but we’ll be sure to update this page with any relevant updates as they arrive.

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