CS:GO Ranking system explained

CS:GO Ranks and How They Work, Part 1 (UPDATED)

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The CS:GO ranking system is more complicated than the game itself (Credit: Valve)

This is the first of two articles in which we talk about the rank system in CS:GO. We'll cover how the system works, how many wins you need to rank up, how to effectively rank up and what the average CS:GO rank is. The second part will focus mostly on the e-sports rankings of CS:GO.

How Does the Rank System Work In CS:GO?

Before your CS:GO profile is assigned a rank, you’ll have to accumulate ten competitive victories. Depending on how you did personally and how long it took you to get these ten wins, you will be allocated one of the 18 ranks within CS:GO.

  1. Reach profile level 2
  2. Win 10 games (two wins per day max.)
  3. Get your CS:GO rank

According to Valve, the CS:GO ranking system follows a modified Glicko-2 system. This algorithm evaluates a player’s skill pool based on their round influence and whether their team wins the round. This part is very important! It means you need should always play for the round win, not for kills. Deaths, MVPs, assists, damage given, and bomb plants all play into a hidden number that determines your place within your rank. You can boast an insane 30 kill game, if your team lost, you won’t rank up.

How Many Wins Do You Need to Rank Up In CS:GO?

There is no certain number of wins that will grant you an up-rank, but if the average rank across both teams is higher than your current rank, you are close to a rank-up. Sometimes you will de-rank one loss after you have acquired a new rank and sometimes after de-ranking you will regain your former rank after just one win. On average, you will have to post a win streak of 4-5 games to attain a higher rank.

YouTuber WarOwl and his thoughts on the ranking system. (Credit: WarOwl via YouTube)

How Do You Rank Up in CS:GO?

In CS:GO you go through the ranks Silver 1-4 Silver Elite, Silver Elite Master, Gold Nova 1-3, Gold Nova Master, Gold Nova Master Elite, Master Guardian 1-2, Master Guardian Elite, Distinguished Master Guardian, Legendary Eagle, Legendary Eagle Master, Supreme Master First Class and The Global Elite. That's 18 ranks in total that you have to make your way through.

The single most efficient way of ranking up consistently in CS:GO is winning as a team. Trounce your opposition on a regular basis and you’re going to move up the ladder sooner than later. Lose and you’ll be stuck in Silver forever.

Most beginners, unfamiliar with the ranking system, assume that simply getting kills will get you promoted through the ranks. Such an assumption would be wrong.

Personal stats like number of kills, kill-to-death ratio, round MVP titles etc. do matter, but will not get you any higher in the ranks. Stats’ main role is to contain your current rank, as the game algorithm takes into account that you might be playing well on a bad team and tries not to punish you for that.

What Is The Average CS:GO Rank in 2021?

CS:GO rank distribution

In case you were wondering what the rank distribution in CS:GO looked like (

The Average CS:GO rank is Gold Nova II-III, as shown by the numbers below:

  • Silver I: 4.51%
  • Silver II: 4.33%
  • Silver III: 4.39%
  • Silver IV: 5.37%
  • Silver Elite: 6.70%
  • Silver Elite Master: 7.70%
  • Gold Nova I: 8.52%
  • Gold Nova II: 8.81%
  • Gold Nova III: 8.73%
  • Gold Nova Master: 8.17%
  • Master Guardian I: 7.39%
  • Master Guardian II: 6.30%
  • Master Guardian Elite: 5.25%
  • Distinguished Master Guardian: 4.07%
  • Legendary Eagle: 3.16%
  • Legendary Eagle Master: 3.19%
  • Supreme Master First Class: 2.61%
  • The Global Elite: 0.78%

Which Celebrities Play CS:GO?

There are quite a few celebrities who play, but who are the most famous ones, and where do they rank?

  • Mark Hunt: The famous K1 and UFC Fighter isn't quite the god in CS as he is in MMA. Still, his Master Guardian I Rank is nothing to laugh at.
  • Jonas Jerebko: Basketball might be his favorite sports, but CS:GO is his favorite game. In fact, he likes it so much he bought an esports team.
  • Logic: Rapper Logic has a soft spot for CS:GO. But his rank can't be that high, since he plays CS:GO with a controller.
  • Neymar JR: Neymar is close friends with Brazilian CS:GO pros like Fallen and the former MIBR. His rank is somewhere around Master Guardian I

Getting out of Silver is a task many have failed, but with the right attitude and correct understanding of how the ranking system works, you just might be one of those that make it to the Gold Nova shore, and even beyond. In the second part of this series, we will talk about the esports rankings in CS:GO. Who is the best player/the best team and how are they determined.

You know what could also improve your CS:GO rank? Joining MyEarlyGame! Since I first joined I climbed from Gold Nova III to Master Guardian I. Now I'm not saying there's a causal relationship, but I'm sure there is a correlation. Also, MyEarlyGame is a free way to customize your newsfeed and browse ad-free. Additionally, we do giveaways from time to time so look out for those!

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