Valorant’s points-based ranked ladder for its high-tier competitors is closer to release than players may think.
In October, Valorant game director Joe Ziegler told fans of Riot’s tactical shooter that a leaderboard based on points would be added for players at the top levels of the game. At the time, Ziegler tweeted that there wasn’t an arrival date for this update, but assured players that Riot developers were actively working on it.
For those of you who want leaderboards in game, we’re currently working on that feature (surprise face)! We don’t have an ETA yet, but we are working on it. Will update you when we get closer to landing it.
— Ziegler (@RiotZiegler) October 20, 2020
Later, developers hinted that the leaderboard would be coming along with Valorant’s second episode, which arrives in early 2021.
While this seems far away, Valorant data miners have already uncovered hints about the ranked system in the game’s files. A Twitter account called ValorLeaks showed some strings in the game that were added after the latest patch. It states: “At Immortal and above, your Ranked Rating Points will continue to accrue.”
Remember the preview of Leaderboards? Well, The Number rating system seems to be heading to the game after new strings were added to the game. Points will possibly be taking the place of the ranked system in Episode 2. (Thanks to @Shiick for finding the strings) #VALORANT pic.twitter.com/ju6ApbX5OW
— Valorant Leaks (@ValorLeaks) December 12, 2020
Currently, Valorant’s ranked system doesn’t inspire players at the top-tier ranks to continue climbing. Top players often complained that there was no reason to keep playing once they reached these top ranks. There just wasn’t much to do after climbing to the top.
The new leaderboard will supposedly allow Immortal players and above to keep acquiring an infinite number of points. One line in the files stated that it would take “100 ranked points” to rank up, which is similar to how League of Legends players need to keep getting points to climb to the next tier. As in LoL, players in Valorant would be separated by points rather than tiers, meaning they’d always have to fight to remain at the top.
Riot hasn’t made any official statements about the ranked leaderboard, meaning there’s still not a lot players know about it.
Near the end of October, Valorant showed the NA ranked leaderboard leaders. Many of them are signed with top teams in the Valorant esports scene. They are: