Valorant's Upcoming Rank Changes: New 'Act Rank' and More
Valorant's planned changes towards matchmaking gives leeway for bad days, and takes into account players with ladder anxiety. Maybe finally I can hit Gold after all these changes?
Riot is moving Valorant away from the standard MMR-tied ranking system, and is planning to make something more robust and accurate. Starting next season, or 'Act II' (there are 6 Acts planned per year), Riot will implement Act Ranks.
In its essence, an Act Rank will only take into account your 9 best ranked wins of the act, as well as the total amount of wins throughout the act. If you've reached Radiant and won 9 games there, but then started a downward spiral as you tilt and keep meeting bad teammates, don't feel depressed, as the game will only care about the 9 games.
At the end of the act, your Act Rank will be preserved as a badge on your player card in Competitive Games and career history, while your matchmaking rank will still reflect your current rating. Your Act Rank Badge will be your e-peen - an indication of how you've been playing in the past 2 months, so it's best to keep grinding!
Too long, didn't read? Here's a summary of the planned changes for you, but you can read the full developer's note here.
Starting August 2, Act 2 will feature Act Ranks
Act Ranks are based on your 9 highest ranked wins and total wins in the act
Your friends will be able to inspect your Match History, including matchmaking rank and Act Rank progress
Your Act Rank progress will be displayed in your Career tab
Starting from Act 2 onwards, players will be placed in abridged placements (3 games instead of 5, taking in account MMR from previous Act, as well as a more conservative placement, so expect to be lower than what you've hit before)