Riot devs outline exactly how Valorant MMR works in Ranked

Published: 7/Jan/2021 13:21

by Lauren Bergin


One of the most contentious elements of Valorant gameplay is its Match Making Rating (MMR). After a series of Reddit posts criticized the matchmaking system, Riot developers have responded. 

One aspect of Valorant that has continually come under scrutiny from players is the matchmaking process.

Often players feel as though they’re matched with players who are not at the same skill level, leading to frustration and tilt. Despite Riot promising yet another ranked overhaul in Episode 2 of the title’s ongoing story, fans are still making their concerns known.

It seems as though the complaints haven’t fallen upon deaf ears, as one Riot dev jumped into the sea of angry Reddit threads to explain exactly how MMR works in Valorant.

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Jett is pretty much a staple in Valorant ranked games.

Riot devs address MMR issues

Honing in specifically on the recent ranked changes, a thread started by u/hardstuckbabe received a length response from Riot EvrMoar, the Senior Competitive Designer for Valorant.

In a series of examples, the dev outlines how Riot currently go about assigning ranks. Breaking down the complex process, he writes, “Think of it this way. I’m using made-up numbers for this. So let’s say you have a matchmaking rating (MMR) of 450. Before the change we said ‘You are Iron 2 if you are between 400-500 MMR.’ Turns out, iron 2 had too many players in it, we overestimated how many players would end up at that 400-500 MMR.”

Continuing, he clarifies “So to fix it we now say ‘You are in Iron 2 if you are between 400-420 MMR, and Iron 3 421-480 MMR, etc.’ The player that is 450 MMR would go from Iron 2, to Iron 3, without actually changing their skill/MMR. Because MMR is a reflection of the players skill, that number didn’t change.”

He concludes by assuring players that “When you match make we use your MMR to match you with similar MMR players. So it doesn’t matter what Ranks you run into in your lobby, your MMR is around theirs and you are put into the match because of it.”

Reddit comment from Valorant EvrMoar on MMR

So while it may seem as though you are being matched with players of a different MMR or rank, Riot have assured us this isn’t the case.

Future ranked changes will likely deal with this issue yet again in considerable detail, but until then EvrMoar has given us a great breakdown of the thought processes taking place at Valorant HQ.

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MrDalekJD shares his biggest wish for Warzone after BOCW Season 1

Published: 16/Jan/2021 6:30

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


MrDalekJD has opened up on his biggest wishes for Call of Duty: Warzone in the future on the CharlieIntel podcast, including more storytelling and a new map.

Jon ‘MrDalekJD’ Hutchinson is a beloved figure in the Call of Duty scene. Even though his content revolves around Zombies, he’s played the game for many years now, and the community values his opinions.

So, when asked on the CharlieIntel podcast what he’d like to see happen from Warzone in the future, people were listening. Spoiler alert, it’s in line with what most other players hope to see too.

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MrDalekJD is known for his videos on Call of Duty: Zombies.

“The thing with Warzone is they [got] pretty good, well it seemed at the time, really good at telling an underlying story that was being slowly unraveled every season,” he said. “It was all to do with the rockets and Bunker 11 and Bunker 10 and all that. It was amazing.”

“I think if they just continue with that, that’s enough to keep me happy,” he added. “But I do think we are due for a new map. I love Verdansk to pieces. It’s a fantastic map. Massive props to Infinity Ward and Raven on that because it’s incredible.”

“But I think it is time for Treyarch to step in and bring in a new Cold War-themed Warzone map,” he said. It’s something that most players want and expect, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it happens.

MrDalekJD isn’t alone in his views, especially when it comes to wanting a new map. Verdansk has been fantastic, but it’s become a little stale to veteran players, and the show must go on.

Black Ops Cold War has already been out for several months now. So, a new Warzone map can’t be too far away. However, there still has been no official word on when we can expect it.

Until then, all we can do is sit back, relax, and twiddle our thumbs while we wait.