Top Valorant Rank Gets A New Name

Patch 1.02 is almost here, so Riot has revealed the new name for the top Competitive rank, formerly known as Valorant.

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The next Valorant update will add in the highly-anticipated Competitive mode and ranked system that early access players got the opportunity to test out during the closed beta. Ranked play is coming so soon that Riot has given players a peek into what's new with the updated Competitive mode, including the new name of its top rank: Radiant.

During the beta, the top rank was called Valorant, which Riot cites as a source of "potential confusion." A new blog post outlines Riot's thought process behind the rank rename: "Although we still really like having our top rank be something unique to our game and aligned with our IP, we’ve decided to remove VALORANT as the name of our top rank to help reduce potential confusion of the game vs the rank," Riot states. "The new name for our top rank will represent Agents infused with powers, known as Radiant."

In addition to the name change, Riot has also provided a graphic with the newly designed rank iconography.

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Valorant's new ranks and tiers badges (left) next to the badges used in the beta (right).

Besides the obvious visual polish, there are a few notable differences between the old and new badges. The new Bronze badges have been flipped and given a recolor. All the badges have been given a recolor to make them more striking, but the most notable is the Immortal rank, which has been changed from its original dull yellow into a brighter reddish pink.

Patch 1.02 is on the way. We'll update you with all the changes once we know them, but for now, check out our guide on how Valorant's ranked system works for everything we know so far.

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