Valorant Introduces Act Ranks and Rank Soft Resets Between Acts

by in Valorant | Jul, 27th 2020

Valorant players have been noting their complaints with the ranked system and it seems that Riot has taken notice, today releasing details on how ranks will work between the end of its “seasons” or Acts. As it turns out, ranks will be soft reset at the end of every season, with some influence on your previous performance in an Act. Act 2 is likely set to begin around August 4. 

They’ve also introduced “Act Ranks,” a system by which your rank will be displayed at the end of each Valorant Act and tracked over time. Your 9 best wins will be shown off in your “Act Rank” badge. The badge only takes into account your nine best games from the previous act, which eliminates the need to perform well in every single ranked game that you’ve had, as well as your highest rank achieved. 

Riot Adds Seasonal Rank Reset Through Rank Acts

Players in Valorant will have to “re-earn” their rank once Act 2 starts, with placements being affected by the 9 best games they recorded during Act1, as well as their overall rank. This time, you’ll only need to play three ranked games to get your placement, rather than the previous five games. While this is just to reconfirm to the system that you’re placed where you should be, it also means there’s more of a chance that you could lose a game and thus be placed lower than you ought to have been. 

Riot has said that the rank you earn in Act 2 will very likely be lower than the rank you had in Act 1. The system is designed to be very conservative so players cannot jump ranks that they should have stayed in after placements. 

The new Act Wins will also show exactly what level you’re playing at, with the triangles shown off in your Act Rank reflecting how good the wins you have gotten were. Each time you win a match in Act Two, your Act Rank will fill with a new triangle, with better wins (such as 13-0s) replacing close wins. The border for the badge will also level up as you achieve more victories, meaning that players can tell at a glance exactly how good you are. This should serve as an incentive for players to keep grinding wins, even if they are not necessarily ranking up along the progression system due to losses. 

Your act rank will be reset at the end of each Act, but will be shown off on your profile permanently so you can track your progression over the course of several Acts. 

Why Are Act Ranks and Seasonal Resets a Good Idea?

This system of Act Ranks should solve one of the biggest problems with games that have poor Ranked systems – a motivation to keep playing them if your skill isn’t actively progressing. Players can very quickly get fatigued on a game that isn’t actively rewarding them for playing, especially when they hit a temporary skill plateau. The Act Ranks in Valorant should give players a way to show off some of their prowess, even if they’ll be stuck in Bronze for most of their playing careers. It’s similar to the League of Legends system that tracks competitive wins and your mastery with a given character, but without tying it to agent usage

A ranked reset on a seasonal basis is a good move for Riot, as it will give plenty of opportunities for streamers to have content to produce, and it will get fans interested in the game as each Act will provide a new opportunity for someone to feel like they are boosting their rank in a significant way. 

This avoids the trap that Overwatch fell into initially, where someone would hit Grandmaster, and a ranked reset wouldn’t occur, meaning that someone would fall into a very similar rank due to their MMR and ultimately beyond playing for the simple pleasure of it, would remove the challenge for that particular player. This practice ultimately led to the creation of multiple smurf accounts by highly skilled players, and polluted the lower ranks with high skilled players just dominating their way back to the top quickly. This served as discouraging for the lower ranked players, as it doesn’t feel good to get dumpstered by people supposedly at your skill level. 


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