How To Rank Up FAST In VALORANT (And Get To Platinum+)

By: Lorenzo  |  Updated: March 12, 2021

Whether you are just getting into, or have been a long-time fan of VALORANT, chances are you love the adrenaline rush of beating your competition.

The feeling of victory is what drives us - it's the glory that we crave.

When I was first starting out playing, I wanted to win, and win hard.

So I started looking up how to rank up fast in VALORANT.

Over countless hours of research, I was able to pinpoint what many top-level FPS gamers have done to constantly improve at the game.

They've found a way through trial and error that has led them down a path where they're always one step ahead of their opponents.

That's when it hit me - if you want to be great at this game as well, then you need an edge!

And that edge can only be achieved through doing select few things every single day, which are:

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice
  2. Learn Your Role And Master 2 - 3 Agents
  3. Achieve Insanely Accurate Aim Using Kovaaks
  4. Play Each Map And Memorize Their Callouts
  5. Watch Pro VALORANT Streamers And Take Note Of Their Playstyle

But first, it's best to brush up on how exactly the ranking system works on VALORANT. Luckily we did a whole article explaining the elo system that you can check out.

After you know that, you can start your journey to ranking up to Radiant.

Here's a pro-tip: there is no secret.

Just like anything in life, it takes hard work and dedication, and gaming is the same.

Although, if you follow the steps laid out below, you will definitely speed up your pathway to rank up fast.

Let's dive in a little deeper:

TL;DR - How Do You Rank Up In VALORANT's Competitive FAST?

These can be summed up in 5 quick steps:

1. You Need To Practice Every Day, Consistently

Practice every day, consistently for a minimum of an hour.

2. Learn Your Role And Master 2 - 3 Agents

Practice your role and the nuances of your agent. Get efficient, and learn techniques for gaining the edge over your competition.

3. Achieve Insanely Accurate Aim Using Kovaaks

Doing Kovaaks an hour before you hit competition will not only help get your aim as accurate as possible but will warm you up before you hit competition.

4. Play Each Map And Memorize Their Callouts

You need to learn the map well, to be able to predict your opponent's moves and be able to communicate fast and efficiently.

5. Watch Pro VALORANT Streamers And Take Note Of Their Playstyle

The best way to learn is to watch professionals at their craft.

Take note of their decision-making process, and playstyle, and mimic what they do.

The 7 Steps To Climbing The Competitive Ladder FAST

These 7 steps are designed to get you on the fast track to Radiant, and potentially becoming an elite VALORANT player.

Here's the thing; there are no shortcuts.

Gaming is just another skill that you have to put in hours of practice.

The difference between the two is simply the number of hours you put into each step:

Realistically, it would take:

  • 100 hours to become good
  • 1,000 hours become great
  • 10,000 hours to become a pro

These may seem like a long time, but if you enjoy gaming, it can fly by quickly!

These 5 steps to make your journey as fun and easy as possible!

1. You Need To Practice Every Day, Consistently

Picture of a guy practicing hard in VALORANT.

In order to become better in FPS games like VALORANT, you need to practice.

It's important that you're practicing correctly, as practicing the wrong things could have the reverse effect.

For example, many players thought process to practicing is to keep playing VALORANT over and over again.

Whilst yes, it's important to get competitive experience, all of your time shouldn't be focused on playing the game.

Multiple losses and lack of growth can lead to becoming tilted when something goes wrong and you will eventually burn out.

To prevent this from happening it's best for you to have a set amount of time where you practice every day or week so that your skills will improve and gradually rise!

The more you practice, the more you will get better.

When it comes to FPS games like VALORANT there are good ways and bad ways of practicing.

Don't fall victim to bad practices.

Here's what you should do, when it comes to practicing, you need to brush up on 2 main components:

  1. Your Game Sense
  2. Your Aim

Game Sense

Game sense refers to how knowledgeable and experienced you are at making decisions during the flow of the game.

You can study tips and tricks to get better at certain skills (agent abilities, aim, etc.), but you can't directly study game sense.

Game sense is intrinsic, it's the feeling you get when you're in a 1v2, the pressure is on, and you know exactly what to do to win.

When you practice, you want to drillcertain scenarios into your brain and make them second nature.

These scenarios would be:

  • Using your agent's abilities efficiently (knowing smoke points, good flashes, the best way to use ultimate, etc.)
  • Clutch scenarios
  • Reading the map well (knowing how to approach a re-take, knowing flank spots, etc.)
  • Aiming (like flicks, reactions, tracking etc.)

We will expand in more detail below.

Aim

Your aim is the other 50% that you need to practice.

You can have terrible aim, but a great game sense, and still lose firefights.

Vice versa; if you have great aim, but no game sense, you can get out-strategized and lose.

That's what it's important to have both, and that's what makes you a threat on the team.

We will get into actual routines and ways to improve in step 3.

2. Learn Your Role And Master 2 - 3 Agents

Now that you know the best ways to practice, the second thing you should focus on is familiarising yourself with your agent.

Your agent will drastically affect the way you play the game.

There are usually 6 roles that make-up a well-balanced team, that give you significant advantages over other team comps.

Please note; the roles do change depending on if you're CT or T.

  1. Entry Fragger (Entry) - The guy barging in through the door
  2. Playmaker - The 2nd guy barging in through the door, responsible for trading kills if the entry goes down
  3. Support - Responsible for Recon or CC (Crowd Control) to help disrupt enemies
  4. In-Game Leader (IGL) - The guy everyone listens to
  5. Sniper - The sharpest aimer on the team, responsible for backup
  6. Lurker - The lone wolf who hides in tricky spots to watch for flanks

Here is a table explaining the agents and what sort of roles you are able to use them for.

  • Entry Fragger (Entry) - Phoenix, Breach, Yoru, Astra
  • Playmakers - Jett, Viper, Omen, Astra
  • Support - Viper, Sage, Brimstone, Sova, Killjoy, Skye
  • In-Game Leader (IGL) - Sova, Cypher, Sage
  • Sniper - Sova, Brimstone, Cypher, Jett
  • Lurker - Brimstone, Jett, Omen, Phoenix
How to rank up fast in VALORANT is by knowing what your role is. This is a table of all the agents and their respective roles.
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3. Achieve Insanely Accurate Aim By Training On Kovaaks

Aim is a very important aspect of FPS gaming, but it's not the only thing you should practice.

If you want to truly rank up fast, you need to be able to set yourself up in order to use your aim effectively - this comes in the form of positioning.

That's having insane aim should be combined with your game sense, which can only be learned through experience.

The best way I have found to practice my aim is through an aim trainer named Kovaaks 2.0.

The Kovaaks have some top-level aimers in their midst, and on the Kovaaks subreddit, they have many resources available for how you can improve.

If you don't want to do your own research, I will outline my own routine that I've been using here:

  1. If you don't have Kovaaks 2.0, get it. It costs $9.99, so if you're serious about getting your aim right, you will need this.
  2. Download any of the following:
  3. Pick a routine depending on your skill level. You can always try out a beginner routine, and if it's too easy, go to the more advanced ones, but try and follow the authors recommendations.
  4. Practice for 1 hour every day, for a minimum of one month.
    • You should be aiming to beat your average score, as opposed to setting a new high score.
    • You can tabulate your results by using this Kovaaks visualiser.
      • How To Use: "...\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\FPSAimTrainer\FPSAimTrainer\stats\" and drag and drop (or upload) all of your .csv files.
  5. After Kovaaks (you should be very warm by now), go into VALORANT and play 1x - 3x games of Deathmatch.
  6. Play competitive

This is what I did before I played any games in competitive.

You can consider this my 'warm up' routine, combined with the added benefit of aim training.

4. Play Each Map And Memorise The Callouts

When it comes to climbing the ranks, teamwork is the most vital.

You can only get so far with individual skills and communication will help your teammates perform better.

Getting info on your enemy and coming up with a plan to out-strategize them is key to winning!

Below are some useful tips to ensure your communication provides clear, concise information for your teammates to take advantage of:

  • Ensure you have a good headset with a quality microphone. Bad mics can get you muted even before the match begins.
    • Our CS:GO headsets would translate well to VALORANT too since the sound mechanics are quite similar. Feel free to check them out!
  • Play each map over and over again, and try to use the call-outs without having to open up the map.
  • When you're dead, don't talk unless you have to, it's better to open up the map and ping.
  • Keep your call-outs short, and concise, and ping on the map if you have time. The visual indicators can help a lot as they show up in the first person for your teammates too.
  • Clutch situations are when everyone should be quiet.
  • Obviously, you don't have to only do call-outs, have fun with the game; just know when it's time to be quiet, and know-how to relay information quickly.

5. Watch Pro VALORANT Streamers And Take Note Of Their Playstyle And Decision Making

When it comes to learning, the best way to speed up the process is to learn from someone who has that competitive ranked experience already.

Pro-VALORANT players are at the pinnacle of ranked mode and you can learn a lot just by watching their streams.

I would suggest watching them when they are playing regular ranked, not official tournaments.

This is because your approach to training for a tournament is different.

You will want to take note of their thought process, their playstyle, and the strategy they implement to win in ranked matches.

Below are some notable pro-players/streamers who I've personally watched and had learnt many things from:

It's also important to have equipment you know you can rely on.

We rounded up the 7 best gaming keyboards and gaming mice for VALORANT, with many of them being used by pros such as TenZ or Shroud. Feel free to check them out!

Basic Knowledge

The Agents Tier List

A well-trained agent can be deadly in the right hands, but it's all about knowing your abilities and working closely with your teammates.

In terms of what agents you should main, here are how we've ranked the VALORANT agents:

S Tier A Tier B Tier C Tier
Jett Brimstone Raze Viper
Cypher Phoenix Killjoy Skye
Omen Breach Yoru  
  Sage Astra  

Learning The Economy

Need to learn how the economy works, and when to buy to ensure the maximum amount of success for the round. If all 5 players buy the same (Full buys, semi buys, or eco) then the chances of winning rounds with better equipment are much higher.

Full Buys

Full buys are when you can buy your S-tier weapons, like the Vandal, Phantom, or Operator, with armor.

You need to have full buys by round 3 and are generally used after any mid-late game round has been won.

Semi Buys

Semi Buys are when you can buy a primary weapon that isn't your S-tier weapons (these are listed below).

These always occur in Round 2 on each half, for the winners who won round 1 (the eco round).

Ecos (AKA Saves)

Ecos are when you try to save as much money as possible so you can buy for the next round.

These are done on the 1st round on each half, or after multiple round losses.

Using The Economy To Your Advantage

In VALORANT, by pressing the tab button, you can see at all times what the economy is of your team:

Taken from TenZ' stream

This allows you to determine whether they are on an eco, semi-buy, or full-buy, and can give you more confidence going into the round.

Weapons Tier List

Now that you know how the economy works, let's see how you can use it to your advantage.

Here's what we have put together:

S Tier A Tier B Tier C Tier
Operator Spectre Judge Shorty
Phantom Sheriff Frenzy Guardian
Vandal Bucky Stinger  
  Odin Marshall  
  Ghost Bulldog  
    Ares  
    Classic  

S-Tier (Full Buys)

These weapons are the weapons that have the best return on your investment.

They are usually the most common guns used on every match and are well-suited for both offense and defense.

If you've played CS:GO, these are the equivalent of the AK47, M4A4/M4A1-S, and the AWP.

A-Tier (Semi Buys)

These weapons are what you buy on round 2 (of each half), or to try and win the round.

Without proper team coordination, it's normal for some people to be on full buys, whilst others are just buying what they can.

A-tier weapons will be outdueled by S-tier weapons if even, but if you play a close corner, you have the chance for a surprise attack, even against a full buy.

These types of weapons are very powerful but are situational.

B-Tier

These types of weapons can be strong in certain scenarios but have a significant disadvantage against S-tier (full buys) or A-tier (semi buys).

Then of them as a more high-risk, high-reward type of plays, as they only work on specific parts of the map.

C-Tier

These are generally not worth picking up. You are better off with the stock pistol.

Getting The Highest Rank On Your Placement Matches

At the start of every season, you must play new placement matches.

Your rank is determined by your rank in the previous system, and will automatically pair you up with people of similar caliber.

So you don't have to worry about getting into a lower rank than before unless you do badly on your placements, it's likely you will be demoted.

Play your placement matches as if it is a regular competitive game.

And remember the 5 steps we had laid out:

  1. Practice
  2. Master your Agent's abilities
  3. Work on your aim until it's deadly
  4. Get familiar with the maps and their callouts
  5. Watch pro-streams and learn from them

These 5 steps if done correctly, and consistently will get you ranking higher each season.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Wins Does It Take To Rank Up In Valorant?

It's important to note, there is no set number to determine this.

Your VALORANT rank is determined by 2 things:

  1. Whether you win or lose the game
  2. Your individual performance

All of these factors will determine how much elo you gain (or lose) after each competitive game.

The best way to know you're on the right track to ranking up in VALORANT is to have win streaks.

Multiple win streaks can get you ranking FAST, and if you're on a 10 game win-streak, chances are you will have ranked up anywhere between 5 - 10.

Again, if you're being carried by your teammates over those 10 games, this will affect your elo, so aim for the top of the scoreboard, and win.

Is It Easy To Rank Up In VALORANT?

No, it's not that easy.

VALORANT is heavily reliant on having teammates of the same skill level to succeed.

The exception to this rule is if there is a massive skill gap between you and your competition.

So, in a way, you can carry your team and rank up fast.

But you will get to a point in competitive ranked where you start to verse people of your caliber.

Hence, it can be easy, but your rank will be balanced out eventually.

Conclusion

By now you should have clear objectives of how you can rank fast in VALORANT.

Consistency is the key to really rank high and achieve new levels in your playstyle.

A lot of practice in the training ranges, and fine-tuning your game sense is a one-way ticket to Radiant.

If you have any questions about certain topics, feel free to comment on our post below!

Since the age of 6, Lorenzo has enjoyed gaming on computers. Having grown up in the digital age, the technology revolves around him. He enjoyed growing up gaming throughout his high school years and is now a young adult who does most of his work on his computer. Lorenzo's mission is to make buying products and building PC's an easy and fun experience for all.
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