Valorant ranked play starts rolling out today

Valorant's competitive mode will become available to players across all regions over the next 24 hours.

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Valorant has barely been out for three weeks, but it feels like fans have been clamoring for the addition of ranked mode for an eternity. Following the great success of the closed beta, Riot Games decided to launch their 5v5 FPS without its competitive mode. The wait won’t have to last much longer, as Riot Games has officially announced that competitive mode will begin rolling out to Valorant players across all regions within the next 24 hours. 

The announcement comes by way of the official Valorant Twitter account. “We know nobody's been asking for it, but ranked is finally coming in the next 24 hours.” The company jokingly shared in the tweet. It wasn’t long ago that update 1.02 hit Valorant, with the promise of ranked mode in the near future. The developer stated that they had a critical fix that they needed to make before they felt comfortable turning competitive mode on. That seems to be dealt with, as Valorant’s ranked mode has been given the green light. 

In an attempt to monitor server stability, Valorant’s competitive mode will roll out at different times, depending on the region. First up is KR, OCE, and APAC, who can jump into ranked at 1:00 PM PT. NA, BR, and LATAM will have access to competitive mode starting at 2:00PM PT. Lastly, EU, RU, TR, and CIS will have to wait until 8:00 PM PT.

This comes on the heels of Riot Games announcing its changes to ranked mode from the closed beta to the full release. Most notably, the developer is widening the skill gap allowed between two players queuing up together, in order to allow more people to play with friends. They’ve also changed the name of the top rank from “Valorant” to “Radiant” to avoid confusion with the ranking and the game itself. 

Finally, fans will be able to jump in and put their skills to the test in competitive mode. Once ranked is live in your region, the grind for radiant begins. For a little help out there on the battlefield, you may want to consider reading our guide to Valorant’s characters and their abilities.

Contributing Editor

Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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