The gaming community is abuzz with the announcement of Warzone 2.0 Ranked Play, an exciting new competitive mode for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. As players gear up for this challenging and rewarding experience, we have created an in-depth guide to help you understand the ins and outs of Ranked Play. From the basics to the rewards, this comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to know to excel in this new mode and climb the rankings.
I. Overview of Ranked Play
Ranked Play in Warzone 2.0 is designed for those who want to prove themselves as the best Battle Royale players in the world, as well as for those considering a path toward a World Series of Warzone™ title. The introduction of Ranked Play brings with it the excitement of a competitive and fair system of play, aiming to ensure a consistent experience across all Battle Royale modes. In this section, we will explore the first shortened Beta season in Season 03 Reloaded, which serves as the foundation for the Ranked Play experience, and discuss the importance of this initial stage for the ongoing development of future seasons.
II. The Basics of Ranked Play
A. Requirements and Access
To participate in Ranked Play, players must reach at least Level 45 in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. Ranked Play is designed to serve as the official competitive Battle Royale experience, offering a platform for skilled players to prove their prowess and compete against others with similar abilities.
B. Initial Gameplay Restrictions
During the Beta season of Ranked Play in Season 03 Reloaded, certain gameplay restrictions will be in place. These restrictions are essential for gathering crucial feedback and data that will be used to refine and improve the full launch of Ranked Play in Season 04 and beyond. Some of the initial restrictions include:
- Party Size: Trios
- Map: Al Mazrah
- Game Mode: Battle Royale
- Public Event restrictions (e.g., No Firesales)
- Vehicle restrictions (e.g., No Heavy Choppers)
- Restricted gameplay elements (e.g., no multi-circles, changes to redeploy mechanics)
- Buy Station Inventory Adjustments
- No flinging rocks at people in the Gulag, because that is just mean
C. Ranking System and Skill Divisions
Ranked Play in Warzone 2.0 utilizes a ranking system similar to that of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II multiplayer. There are seven standard Skill Divisions, and all players will begin at Bronze I at the start of Season 03 Reloaded. Keep in mind that this first Ranked Play season will be shorter than subsequent seasons due to its mid-season launch.
D. Skill Rating (SR) and Performance Metrics
Players will earn a Skill Rating (SR) based on their match performance. Factors that contribute to SR include:
- Placement (e.g., 1st, 2nd, 20th)
- Kills by your squad
SR earned for Kills, Assists, and Squad Kills is increased based on the number of squads remaining:
- 21+ Squads Remaining: +5 SR per Elimination/Assist, +2 SR per Squadmate Elimination
- 3–20 Squads Remaining: +7 SR per Elimination/Assist, +3 SR per Squadmate Elimination
- 1–3 Squads Remaining: +15 SR per Elimination/Assist, +7 SR per Squadmate Elimination
E. Deployment Fee and Seasonal Progression
At the beginning of each match, a Deployment Fee is deducted from each player’s SR total. The higher the player’s Skill Division and Tier, the higher the Deployment Fee. The fees are as follows:
- Bronze I–III: No Deployment Fee
- Silver I: –10 SR
- Silver II: –14 SR
- Silver III: –18 SR
- Gold I: –23 SR
- Gold II: –28 SR
- Gold III: –33 SR
- Platinum I: –39 SR
- Platinum II: –45 SR
- Platinum III: –51 SR
- Diamond I: –58 SR
- Diamond II: –65 SR
- Diamond III: –72 SR
- Crimson I: –80 SR
- Crimson II: –90 SR
- Crimson III: –100 SR
- Iridescent and Top 250: –110 SR + 10 SR every 250 SR above 10,000 up to a max Deployment Fee of –210 SR
At the end of each season, players are knocked back to the lowest Tier one Division below where they ended the season. For example, a Gold III player at the end of Season 03 Reloaded will start Season 04 at Silver I, while a Diamond II player will go back down to Platinum I. However, the highest Division at which players can start a new Season is Diamond I. Therefore, anyone who finishes the season in Crimson, Iridescent, or Top 250 will be brought down to Diamond I at the start of the following season. This system ensures a fair and competitive environment for players in each new season, while still acknowledging their previous accomplishments.
III. Additional New Features
In addition to the core elements of Ranked Play, several new features have been introduced to enhance the competitive experience for Warzone 2.0 players. These features, which were originally implemented in Multiplayer Ranked Play, aim to improve the overall gameplay experience and maintain a fair environment for all competitors.
A. SR Forgiveness and Demotion Protection
To account for potential issues such as disconnections, crashes, or other technical problems, SR Forgiveness and Demotion Protection have been implemented. These features help to ensure that players are not unfairly penalized for circumstances beyond their control, preserving the integrity of the ranking system.
B. Squad Backout and Match Cancelling
Squad Backout and Match Cancelling features have been added to Ranked Play, allowing players to back out of matches before they begin or cancel ongoing matches in specific situations. These features are designed to minimize the impact of potential issues on players’ experiences, such as uneven team numbers or connection problems.
To maintain a competitive and enjoyable environment, suspensions will be enforced for players who engage in inappropriate behavior, such as leaving matches early, cheating, or exploiting glitches. These suspensions serve as a deterrent for negative behavior and help to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for all players.
D. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™ Enforcement
Ranked Play in Warzone 2.0 will be protected by RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™, which enforces a zero-tolerance policy for cheating. This advanced anti-cheat system is designed to identify and penalize players who attempt to gain an unfair advantage through cheating, ensuring a fair and level playing field for all competitors.
E. Future Updates and Improvements
The development team behind Ranked Play in Warzone 2.0 is committed to continually refining and improving the mode based on player feedback and data analysis. As new features are introduced or existing ones are updated, players can expect ongoing support and enhancements to the Ranked Play experience, keeping it fresh and engaging.
IV. Rewards and Incentives in Ranked Play
A. Rank Rewards To encourage players to participate in Ranked Play and strive for higher rankings, various unique rewards will be offered for achieving specific milestones. These rewards are separate from those in Modern Warfare® II Ranked Play, providing players with additional incentives to participate in both competitive experiences. Rank Rewards include:
- Vehicle Skin (Rank 5)
- Ranked Play Win Tracker Gunscreen (Rank 30)
- Ranked Veteran Operator Skin (Rank 50)
B. Seasonal Challenges and Rewards
Each season, players can earn exclusive rewards by completing two separate challenges: Placement and Eliminations. These challenges provide additional incentives for players to excel in Ranked Play and offer an opportunity to showcase their skills and accomplishments.
- Placement Rewards: By achieving high placements during the season, players can earn a Pro Issue Weapon Blueprint based on a popular weapon choice among the community during Season 03, as well as a Weapon Charm.
- Elimination Rewards: Players who excel in racking up eliminations can earn an exclusive Camo that can be applied to any weapon, highlighting their prowess in combat.
C. End of Season Divisional Rewards
Starting from Season 04, players can expect to receive End of Season Divisional rewards for their efforts in Ranked Play. Although these rewards will not be available in the shortened Season 03 Reloaded, players who finish in Crimson during this season will start at Diamond I in Season 04, setting them up for a strong start in the next season.
D. Top 250 and No. 1 in the World Rewards
For players who manage to reach the pinnacle of the rankings and achieve a spot in the Top 250 or claim the title of No. 1 in the World, additional rewards will be available. These prestigious rewards will serve as a testament to the exceptional skill and dedication required to reach such heights in Ranked Play. Expect emblems, charms, and more exclusive rewards for these remarkable achievements.
E. Ongoing Reward Updates
As the Ranked Play experience evolves and new seasons are introduced, players can anticipate ongoing updates to rewards and incentives. These updates will ensure that there are always fresh and exciting reasons to participate in Ranked Play, keeping the competitive scene engaging and motivating for all players.
In conclusion, the introduction of Ranked Play in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 marks an exciting new chapter in the competitive gaming landscape. With a solid foundation in place, including a fair and balanced ranking system, additional features to enhance the gameplay experience, and a plethora of unique rewards and incentives, players can look forward to an engaging and challenging competitive environment.
As the development team continues to refine and expand the Ranked Play experience based on player feedback and data analysis, the competitive community can expect ongoing support and improvements that will keep the mode fresh and exciting. So gear up, jump into the action, and prove your skills on the battlefield as you climb the ranks and compete for the ultimate bragging rights in the world of Warzone 2.0. Good luck, and see you on the infil plane!