CS2 ranks and rating system explained

Counter-Strike 2 has changed the way competitive play works, giving players a separate rank and rating depending on which mode you select.

How does the CS2 ranks and rating system work? Competitive Counter-Strike is drastically changing in CS2 to create a more streamlined experience depending on how you prefer to play the game. There are now two forms of ranked play in CS2: Competitive and Premier.

Unlike CSGO, your rank is split depending on the mode you’re playing in Counter-Strike 2. Don’t worry if you’re a Global Elite-level player; as long as you continue to play well on the CS2 maps you should end up exactly where you deserve to be in the FPS game. Valve has removed the option to pick short or long games, instead, they’ve settled on MM24 to get directly to the action. Here’s what you need to know about the rank and ratings system in CS2.

Ranks in Competitive mode

If you want to play Ranked like in CSGO, Competitive mode allows you to pick your favorite maps and queue right into them. The classic CSGO ranks reappear in this mode, giving you a chance to go from Silver to Global Elite on each Active Duty map.

It’s unclear what the highest rank players can achieve after winning their placement games. In CSGO, you could reach as high as Distinguished Master Guardian after ten games, though you would have to win ten games in a row to obtain that rank. Reddit user _At424 reached Nova 2 after winning ten games in a row, but there appear to be other factors at play. Playing in a group has an impact on your rank, as does your individual performance in each game.

We should point out that Competitive mode is the only place where you can play with a party of four. Valve has forbidden four-stacks from playing Premier mode, meaning you’re locked out unless you can find another person to join your group, or you kick someone from your party. We don’t know why Valve has introduced this restriction, but the community has theorized that it’s because four-stacks have too much power against the random person on their team.

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For example, if you’ve spent thousands of hours on Dust 2, you might end up in Global Elite for that specific map. Likewise, if you never play Vertigo, your rank most likely won’t be as high as your Dust 2 rank. Once you manage to learn the map and pull your win rate up, it won’t take long before you start rising through the ranks.

In the Counter-Strike 2: Beyond Global video, Valve suggests Competitive is a great way of developing your map pool knowledge before heading over to Premier mode. With seven active duty maps to learn, you’re going to want to play on every map at least once to ensure you and your team don’t have any obvious blind spots.

CS Rating in Premier mode

Premier mode is the latest way to play competitive CS2, forcing players to pick and ban active duty maps before they start the match. This encourages players to study every map before heading into Premier, or else they may be forced to waste a ban pick on an underplayed map. If you enjoy obscure active-duty maps like Vertigo and Ancient, you can use this to your advantage by banning the most played maps.

When you finish winning ten placement matches in Premier, you’re given a CS Rating instead of a rank. This number represents your position on the global Counter-Strike 2 leaderboards, showing you precisely where you belong among the best in the world. There are three leaderboards that show your position across your friends list, region, and across the world. The categories are split into your overall rating, number of wins, win rate, and position based on a percentile.

Your ranking moves every time you play a match, so there’s no confusion anymore in regards to what rank you deserve to be in. The ELO system in CSGO made it tricky to know how many wins you were away from a rank-up, but the CS Rating ends that mystery.

And there you have it, all of the changes made to ranks and ratings in Counter-Strike 2. Once you’ve recreated all of your best CS2 binds, you’re going to be ready to tackle Competitive and Premier in CS2. Don’t forget to check out our CS2 skins transfer guide, as well as the best CS2 settings to ensure they’re looking their best in the Source 2 engine.