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9/29/2020

CSGO Ranks and Ranking System

Practically all new players face a large number of issues with CS:GO Rank System: unclear profile ranks, placement matches, where and how is it possible to get rank after all? We know, you want to indulge yourself into the world of one of the most popular competitive online games ever!

In this article we are going to tell you about the way you can get your first rank, the percentage of Global Elite players in the world, how the whole system works, and also the way you can raise your rating much faster.

All CS GO Ranks in Order

There are total 18 Competitive and Wingman Skill Groups in CS:GO. They are further divided into 4 groups: Silver, Gold, Master and Elite. There are also 40 Private Ranks, they have no impact on competitive ones, and can be described as experience scale. By achieving Private 40, you receive Service Medal. Each year, game developers present new Service Medal. Once you receive it, private rank will be reset to first one, and by recurrent achieving Private 40 your service medal will improve, or to be more exact – it will change the color.

Here are all the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Skill Groups, from the lowest to highest:

  • Silver I
  • Silver II
  • Silver III
  • Silver IV
  • Silver Elite
  • Silver Elite Master
  • Gold Nova I
  • Gold Nova II
  • Gold Nova III
  • Gold Nova Master
  • Master Guardian I
  • Master Guardian II
  • Master Guardian Elite
  • Distinguished Master Guardian
  • Legendary Eagle
  • Legendary Eagle Master
  • Supreme Master First Class
  • The Global Elite

Competitive Skill Groups

Competitive Ranks

Wingman Skill Groups

Wingman Ranks

Danger Zone Skill Groups

Danger Zone Ranks

Profile Ranks

Profile Ranks

How to get a Rank in CS GO?

In order to get access to competitive mode, you should get private rank 2. We recommend you a Deathmatch mode to get it. Try to get the maximum number of kills, normally 3-4 matches is enough to achieve it. Then you will get the opportunity to play Competitive and Wingman. During Placement Matches in Competitive, you can win max. 2 matches a day. After the second victory you will receive temporary blocking for 20 hours, when it’s over you can further proceed to calibration. Situation with Wingman is a bit different, you have the opportunity to pass placement matches even in one day without blocking or any limitations. The highest skill group you can achieve on placement matches - Legendary Eagle Master (LEM), and the lowest one - Silver 1.

It is important to know, that first 4 placement matches should be taken seriously, since they are the most crucial and your future skill group will depend on their result. Honestly speaking, you are going to play your first matches with the weakest players, and if you lose the match, you won’t get the maximum skill group, since the system initially recognized you as someone who is close to the low rating. We conducted some experiment by losing the first match, and then we won 10 out of 10, as a result we got Distinguished Master Guardian (DMG), which is 2 ranks lower than maximum one. The only factor, which can influence calibration result is the sequence and number of victories.

CSGO Rank Distribution

For new player Global Elite is something unreal, since only 0.75% of all players have this skill group, so it is a good motivation to progress. Here you can find statistics on the percentage of players with different skill groups as for 2020:

CS:GO Rank Percentage

How CS GO Matchmaking Works?

So, you got your first skill group. Victories make your rank increase while defeats make it lower. You can search for a match with players, who are in the range of 5 ranks from you (higher or lower). Otherwise, you will have to gather a team of 5 people.

The rating icon will disappear in one month since the last match. Once the skill group has disappeared, you should win 1 match. Most likely, you will receive skill group that will be lower on 1-2 ranks as before. Once you get your rank back, that’s quite easy to get your old one as well. It is enough to win two times in a row.

If you abandon a match, then you receive temporary blocking. There are 4 levels of punishments for abandoning matches - 30 min, 2 hours, 24 hours and 1 week ban. Week of gaming without violations can decrease your skill group.

There are punishments if you are often kicked off the matches or you kick off other people from them. They are working on the same principle as punishments for abandoning matches.

Punishment for kick and leave can have a negative impact on your elo. Your rating can get lower for any blocking.

How to Rank Up?

Actually, everything is quite simple. Play your best and try to win as many matches in a row as possible to raise your rating. However, the more matches you play having one skill group, the more likely system will consider you a proper player and it will be harder to rank up. (Systems Elo and Glicko-2 are telling us about this).

Being boosters, we can confirm this theory. We occasionally receive the orders, taking a lot of time, however it seemed that boosting 1 rank was quite enough. At the same time, it can take you just a few victories with perfect statistics to raise your Rating.

Tips to Rank Up Faster

  • Forget about your Rating Focus exclusively on your personal gaming skills. In order to regularly win with low rating it is enough to have good aim skills. Play aim maps, e.g. aim_botz, and don’t forget about deathmatch server. The best solution for practicing tactics is retake servers. Learn some new nades, like smokes, flashes and incendiary grenades. All of this may have a significant impact on gaming process, can help your team and let you cheat opponents in a smart manner.

  • Never play CSGO solo We advise you to avoid playing matchmaking solo. Nowadays, it is quite easy to find teammates, who will have same desire as you to progress and increase their skill group. Playing solo, you are imposed to a higher risk of meeting toxic people, who won’t provide any info during game, who will play halfheartedly (with no desire to win, etc). You will have only negative experience playing with such people. Playing with friends you will have at least some common interest and information about what is going on the map, which significantly increases your odds to win.

  • You are lucky, if your friend is Global Elite Yes, if you keep on getting victories with high rating player, you will be ranked up much faster.

  • Don’t forget to relax after each defeat It is commonly known, that match after defeat most likely won’t give you any positive result. Trying hard to win back, you will get more irritated, unable to control your emotions and lose focus on your own skill. Instead of losing another game, just take a break and analyze the game you lost. Considering the fact, that you are playing team game, the reason you lost may not be you personally. In case you did not excel in shooting your enemy or you moved across the map not good enough — all of these can be a good reason to work on your personal skills. If your ally decided to ruin amidst the game or simply abandon it - most likely you could actually do nothing in that situation, just forget about this game and keep moving forward. Invite your friends to play together with you, it significantly decrease the chance you will get a bad teammate in next game.