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First look at Valorant's ranks and badges for competitive

by Bill Cooney
Riot Games

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The official rank names and badges for the different levels of Valorant's competitive mode have been revealed, and they look like they'll give us plenty of opportunities to progress.

Riot's upcoming team-based FPS is easily the most-hyped unreleased title of 2020 at the moment, and with the closed beta launching April 7, players are chomping at the bit for any information about the new game.

Ahead of the closed beta release, streamers and content creators were finally allowed to show pre-recorded footage of Valorant on April 3, and the floodgates for details on the game were opened.

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Valorant's closed beta kicks off on April 7.

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One of the reveals from Friday was the names and badges for the different levels in Valorant's ranked mode, which, at first glance, already look more in-depth than a game like Overwatch, for example.

Valorant will come with seven total ranks for players to try and work their way up, with the lowest starting at Mercenary, followed by Soldier, Veteran, Hero, Legend, Mythic, and Immortal.

Each station has three different divisions you'll have to progress through in order to be promoted to the next one, similar to Riot's League of Legends. Unlike in LoL though, where the top ranks only have one tier, the highest levels in Valorant still seem to have different stages within them.

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The ranks, names, and badges coming to Valorant's competitive mode.

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It makes sense that Valorant's ranking system would look similar to League's, since both games are made by the same company, and like LoL, players will have to play a certain number of unranked games to get their initial placement.

While we've had our first look at the different ranks themselves, we still don't have any word on what kind of level decay or possible MMR resets that could happen, but going off of the League example, both are definitely possibilities.

What we do know is that Riot are clearly geared towards pushing the competitive side of the game right off the bat, laying the groundwork for what will more than likely turn into a path to pro.

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Where will you end up in Valorant? The only way to find out is to try it out (when you can).

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Make sure to check out our early-access gameplay for in-depth guides on how to play each Agent that's available on day one, including their abilities and the best way to use them.

Of course, you can try out the game's beta version prior to the full launch, just make sure to link your Riot ID to your Twitch account and watch specified streams tagged with 'Drops Enabled' on the platform to put your name in the hat. You will receive a notification on Twitch if you're one of the lucky players selected to take part in the closed beta.