CS:GO Ranks: a detailed review of CS:GO's system of ranks

Aug 27 2019 10 min read

Today we will analyze one of the main subjects of Valve's FPS – CS:GO Ranks. We will also answer the most common questions from players concerning this topic.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or CS:GO, can be rightly called one of the most popular multiplayer online shooters in the history of the genre. It counts millions of admirers worldwide – both professional players and amateurs who simply want to have fun when shooting.

Today we will analyze one of the main subjects of the game – Ranks in CS:GO. We will also answer the most common questions from players concerning this topic.

Before going any further, the first thing you need to know is that the system of ranks has a dominant role in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is because it allows players to track their progress in the game and provides them with additional motivation to achieve better results, which means players can invest their precious time in the game more effectively than it could have been if it were just aimless running and shooting the enemies.

Besides, it is the process of ranking up that allows CS:GO players feel constant gambling excitement, as well as find in a large crowd their allies and opponents, and players of the same level.

Once you understand the rank system in CS:GO, you'll know exactly what you need to do to progress in the game. You will also be able to calculate the upcoming results and prospects of the distant future. We hope this guide will be useful for CS:GO players whatever their levels are.

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All Ranks in CS:GO – Introduction

You probably already know (assuming you've played CS:GO at least once) that a player initially has no rank at all. At this moment, it may seem to you that the game has no special sense and, in general, is very simple. Indeed, just run and shoot – that's all you have to do. But it's not like that.

CS:GO is a rather complex shooter, and in order to become a real pro, you need to go deep and study it, starting with the basics. The first thing you have to do if you decide to enter the lines of brave soldiers and combatants of CS:GO is to handle the mechanics of shooting, weapons, maps, team strategies, and instructions from more experienced players.

Let's look at the plan of getting the initial rank in the system of ranks, and then we will learn how to increase the rank in CS:GO.

First of all, before confronting real players, you should practice on bots. This will help you quickly understand the game's specifics, feel your hero, analyze which weapon suits you best, and familiarize yourself with the maps. Also, in this mode, you can try playing in both Counter-Terrorist and Terrorist teams, and then choose the one you want to fight for. But don't dwell on playing with bots. Once you feel that you're ready – move to battles with real players. However, remember that you still have the initial level, so playing with serious and experienced players will not be available so far.

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Join CS:GO online matches. This will give you a full understanding of community rules and online shooting specifics. The most suitable CS:GO modes for beginners are Deathmatch and Casual. In Deathmatch mode, you can use different weapons, as well as come back to life if you were killed in a shootout. Fighting in Casual mode, you can learn more about the competitive side of CS:GO, as the rules of this mode are the same. The only difference is the number of players in the teams – there are more of them in Casual mode. By playing in both modes, you will be able to earn points, which later will allow you to get the first rank. This is the answer to the question about increasing a rank in CS:GO at the initial stage of the game.

Once you reach the second level of experience (Profile Rank 2), do not stop and continue to participate in competitions. To raise your rank further, you need to play in ten matches from the CS:GO ranking. This will not only give you the opportunity to earn points, but will also allow the system to analyze you as a player and determine what skills you are good at and what is not developed yet. Don't worry about your opponents – their levels will be low as well. But with each match, they will get stronger, so that you can develop with them too.

Getting the initial rank is just the beginning. You need to increase it by all possible means: playing matches, earning points, and moving towards your goal. And remember to explore the game while playing. You will find a lot of useful information in CS:GO launch settings, and will be able to adjust the game to your preferences. For the comfort of playing, use console commands as many CS:GO players do.

These are the basics about the process of obtaining initial rank. Now it's time to see what the system of ranks is and how many of them are there in CS:GO.

All in all, CS:GO currently contains 18 ranks. The first six ones are beginner ranks (see table with ranks below).

Silver CS:GO Ranks

Players with beginner ranks lack a clear strategy and are not yet able to properly organize the work of their teams. At the same time, they shoot well and know the main battle maps.

Next, there are seven ranks of the system of CS:GO ranks, which are granted to players with good gaming skills:

Gold Nova Master Guardian Ranks CS:GO

Players, who have earned these ranks, shoot great and know the maps, and they also understand the main strategies and basics of playing in teams.

Let's move on to the last category of ranks. As you must have already guessed, only the advanced players earn them. They are, of course, excellent shooters able to use different types of weapons, they know the main battle maps, and have mastered game strategies and learned to work perfectly in a team:

Top Ranks CS:GO

Although it is a new system of ranks in CS:GO, it does not differ from the previous one. The only thing that has been changed is the appearance of the icons.

Certainly, getting the highest rank and becoming a Global Elite player is everyone's aspiration, but when pursuing this dream, it is important to know that there are players who fight much better than even the holders of Global Elite rank. These are professional esports players who participate in esports tournaments.

You already know about the existing ranks, so we can proceed to answer the most important question of today's guide: how to raise the rank in CS:GO?

Having received the first CS:GO rank, you should avoid deluding yourself, let alone relaxing. Since you are at the very beginning of your journey, you should remember that the main difficulties are still to come. It is especially true since even after receiving the first rank, you can rank up, but also you can rank down. Everything depends on you, on your efforts and aspirations. What does it mean?

If, in competitive matches, you prove that you are good, you will get a new rank. If you perform poorly, then your ranking will drop and will be adjusted not in your favor, and your rank will decrease respectively.

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So what can influence the change in your ranking in CS:GO most of all? The answer is simple: absolutely everything. The game has a multilayer system, and even a seemingly insignificant element during playing can make an impact on the overall rating of the player. So try to make your playing perfect.

Additionally, developers from Valve have put a lot of effort into keeping their community secret, which allows them to eliminate the risk of fraudster interference in the scoring system. This means that it's almost impossible to get a rank unfairly. It's not necessary either, because the established fact of cheating with points will not only deprive a player of a new rank but will also ruin his or her real ranking.

Pay some special attention to improving these aspects of playing:

  • Try to kill more enemies every time you play;
  • Increase the rate of accurate hits to your opponents;
  • Increase the amount of enemies' deaths;
  • Strive to win all the matches you take part in;
  • Analyze both the levels of your opponents and your teammates;
  • When in the game, use settings and configurations of top players.

But the main thing you have to do to improve your playing on all fronts and get the highest rank is just to enjoy the game. With due efforts, you will soon see the result. If you are not interested in the game and your emotions are dim, is it worth to play it? Of course, not.


One more important fact that you need to know is that ranks have no influence on, e.g., skins or random cases dropped in the game.

Experience in CS:GO – XP Ranks

Many beginners are confused and do not fully understand the relationship (and if there is any at all) between the ranks and experience in CS:GO. Let's find out how it works.

As you already know, your rank is a sort of your skill index in the game, and the better your playing skills are, the higher your rank is. The level of experience (Profile Rank) is, in turn, an index of the efforts you make, of time spent in the game and success in certain game modes, not only in competitive matches.

When you reach a new profile rank, you can get a random bonus, e.g., a skin. The experience itself does not have a big impact on the gameplay as a whole because the points, which lead to raising of experience, can be earned from all actions in the game. When you reach Profile Rank 40, you receive a special award – a Service Medal for excellent service in the lines of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. At the same time, your rank returns to Rank 1, and accumulation of experience begins again; however, the medal icons change their color each time. This means you progress from Rank 1 to Rank 40 all over again, and once you reach Rank 40, you get another medal. But note that there are limits to getting service awards, as Valve releases one group of medals in different colors every year within a season. Here are the medals from previous seasons:

CS:GO Medals

At the end of the guide on ranks in CS:GO, let's summarize the information presented above and answer the FAQ from users.

  • Is it possible to play CS:GO with Silver rank without any ranking?

Answer: Yes, but only if you have played at least 10 competitive matches.

  • When can I earn a medal in CS:GO?

Answer: A medal is awarded after reaching Rank 40 of experience.

  • How does CS:GO Ranking work?

Answer: Ranking in CS:GO depends directly on wins and losses in competitive matches. If you win matches, your ranking goes up, and you get a higher rank. If you lose – the ranking drops, respectively, and your current rank may decrease as well.

  • How do I raise my rank in CS:GO?

Answer: To raise your rank, participate in competitions on official game servers.

  • What is the current number of ranks in CS:GO Ranks List?

Answer: Ranks List consists of 18 ranks.

  • How many levels of experience does CS:GO have?

Answer: There are 40 levels of experience in CS:GO.

  • What is ELO in CS:GO?

Answer: ELO is a player's current ranking in the game. It is calculated by a formula; more wins in official matches mean higher rank. It's quite simple.

  • What kind of rank is Global Elite CS:GO?

Answer: As we mentioned above, Global Elite is the highest rank in the CS:GO ranks system.


Finally, we would like to add that it is good to choose the fair way when earning the highest ranks in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. There is no need to use cheats, as this way of game progressing will only aggravate your situation and eventually lower your Profile Rank.


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