All Ranks in CS:GO (Including New Ranks)
The ranking system is a significant part of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It allows players to monitor their progress and gives additional motivation to invest time and energy in the game. Also, CS:GO ranks support the excitement of the playing process – thanks to them, you meet teammates and opponents of similar skill levels.
Understanding the CS:GO ranking system will help to know where to put your efforts at various stages of your in-game growth and which prospects await you in the future. Here is a detailed guide on this topic – we hope it will be useful for gamers of all levels.
Introduction to CS:GO Ranks
When you start playing this game, you have no rank at all. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may seem simple – just run and shoot opponents. In fact, this shooter is rather deep and complicated. Beginners should learn CS:GO gameplay, shooting mechanics, features of various weapons, slight details of the maps, possible team strategies, and many other game aspects which are hidden at first sight. Of course, excellent playing skills can be developed only with practice, but even small steps in this direction are needed to achieve your first rank and be allowed to play in official matchmaking. Without this preparation, you might spoil your CS:GO experience from the very start.
Let’s make a step-by-step plan for getting your first rank in CS:GO:
- Play with bots to understand the game basics. This step will develop your feel for your character and his weapon, trying some maps and both teams. Don’t get stuck in offline matches too long – move forward when you feel ready.
- Play online matches of various CS:GO modes, except competitive. This will give you a glimpse of the community and multiplayer shootouts. The best choices here are Deathmatch (different weapons, constant respawns) and Casual (rules similar to competitive matchmaking but with more players in the teams). Also, this is a way to earn experience points for your account and to boost it to the 2nd level. You will be able to get your first rank only with this condition.
- After reaching the second experience level, participate in competitive matchmaking and complete 10 ranking matches. They are needed for the game system to understand your real skills. Your first ranking matches will be against rather weak opponents. Then their power will grow – to give you a chance to prove your strength.
- Your initial rank is just the start of the journey – develop your skills in every possible way and play more competitive matches to improve your CS:GO rank.
All the CS:GO Ranks
In total, there are 18 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranks.
Six of them are for beginners. Such players don’t use any strategy in the game and can’t organize teamwork on a decent level. But they might be good at shooting and know the main maps quite well.
Silver I (S1);
Silver II (S2);
Silver III (S3);
Silver IV (S4);
Silver Elite (SE);
Silver Elite Master (SEM);
Then, we have seven ranks for players with nice skills, who are very good at accurate shooting, and have learned the maps in detail. They also understand basic strategies and know the power of team play.
Gold Nova I (GN1);
Gold Nova II (GN2);
Gold Nova III (GN3;
Gold Nova Master (GNM/GN4);
Master Guardian I (MG/MG1);
Master Guardian II (MG2);
Master Guardian Elite (MGE);
The last five ranks are for advanced players, who mastered most of the game aspects. They need to work only on perfecting teamwork and some slight elements of their playing style. Some luck also will come in handy.
Distinguished Master Guardian (DMG);
Legendary Eagle (LE);
Legendary Eagle Master (LEM);
Supreme Master First Class (SMFC);
Global Elite (GE);
This is CS:GO New Ranking System – it doesn’t really differ from the previous one, but the icons design was changed.
Some guys are much better in CS:GO than players with the Global Elite rank – they are professionals and participate in Esports tournaments, such as Faceit Major: London 2018 and DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018.
How to rank up in CS:GO?
Now you know how to start and which steps to take on the way to Global Elite. But how to actually get new ranks? How does this system work?
After getting your first rank, both ways become possible: up and down. If you play worse than during your ranking matches, your positions will be adjusted according to your real performance. If you play better, your rank will become better too.
Which aspects are meaningful for changing your CS:GO rank? All of them! The developers from Valve have created quite a multilayered system. They keep it secret from the community to prevent cheaters from using some tricks for getting undeserved ranks.
It would be nice to keep your eyes on all the aspects of your in-game style and try to make all of them flawless. The system of ranking up pays attention to:
- Number of kills.
- Percent of accurate shots.
- Number of deaths.
- Won rounds and matches.
- Level of opponents and teammates.
The best attitude to the process of improving CS:GO rankings is to pay them less attention and just enjoy the game. The primary reason for their existence is to make competitive matchmaking fair and interesting to the max. Gaming excitement and joy of the very playing process is much more significant than getting a higher rank.
The ranking system doesn’t influence even getting free skins and cases from random drops – players of any rank can trade CS:GO skins on DMarket and get real money from their virtual adventures.
CS:GO Experience Level
To not leave you in a bit of a confused state, let’s explain the difference between ranks and experience levels in CS:GO.
- Your rank is a kind of indicator of your in-game skills (like rating system in Dota 2);
- Experience level is an indicator of your efforts in the game – how much time you spent and how successful you are in various modes, not only in competitive matchmaking.
Your experience level has no influence on the game process. By reaching new levels, you get surprises from the game (random drops). Players gain experience points for almost any action in multiplayer shootouts.
Here is the full list of experience levels in CS:GO:
||Recruit Rank 0||1,000 XP|
||Private Rank 1||5,000 XP||1,000 XP|
||Private Rank 2||5,000 XP||6,000 XP|
||Private Rank 3||5,000 XP||11,000 XP|
||Private Rank 4||5,000 XP||16,000 XP|
||Corporal Rank 5||5,000 XP||21,000 XP|
||Corporal Rank 6||5,000 XP||26,000 XP|
||Corporal Rank 7||5,000 XP||31,000 XP|
||Corporal Rank 8||5,000 XP||36,000 XP|
||Sergeant Rank 9||5,000 XP||41,000 XP|
||Sergeant Rank 10||5,000 XP||46,000 XP|
||Sergeant Rank 11||5,000 XP||51,000 XP|
||Sergeant Rank 12||5,000 XP||56,000 XP|
||Master Sergeant Rank 13||5,000 XP||61,000 XP|
||Master Sergeant Rank 14||5,000 XP||66,000 XP|
||Master Sergeant Rank 15||5,000 XP||71,000 XP|
||Master Sergeant Rank 16||5,000 XP||76,000 XP|
||Sergeant Major Rank 17||5,000 XP||81,000 XP|
||Sergeant Major Rank 18||5,000 XP||86,000 XP|
||Sergeant Major Rank 19||5,000 XP||91,000 XP|
||Sergeant Major Rank 20||5,000 XP||96,000 XP|
||Lieutenant Rank 21||5,000 XP||101,000 XP|
||Lieutenant Rank 22||5,000 XP||106,000 XP|
||Lieutenant Rank 23||5,000 XP||111,000 XP|
||Lieutenant Rank 24||5,000 XP||116,000 XP|
||Captain Rank 25||5,000 XP||121,000 XP|
||Captain Rank 26||5,000 XP||126,000 XP|
||Captain Rank 27||5,000 XP||131,000 XP|
||Captain Rank 28||5,000 XP||136,000 XP|
||Major Rank 29||5,000 XP||141,000 XP|
||Major Rank 30||5,000 XP||146,000 XP|
||Major Rank 31||5,000 XP||151,000 XP|
||Major Rank 32||5,000 XP||156,000 XP|
||Colonel Rank 33||5,000 XP||161,000 XP|
||Colonel Rank 34||5,000 XP||166,000 XP|
||Colonel Rank 35||5,000 XP||171,000 XP|
||Brigadier General Rank 36||5,000 XP||176,000 XP|
||Major General Rank 37||5,000 XP||181,000 XP|
||Lieutenant General Rank 38||5,000 XP||186,000 XP|
||General Rank 39||5,000 XP||191,000 XP|
||Global General Rank 40||N/A||196,000 XP|
Players can develop their accounts up to the 40th experience level. Then, the game gives a special Service Medal for this. The experience level will jump to 1 again but with different colors of the icons – to repeat the same growth and get a new medal. Even the most enthusiastic players will be limited in their quantity of Service Medals per year. The developers release new medals for new annual seasons.
Have a look at CS:GO Medals from different years:
Beware of smurfs! You might find yourself losing to seemingly equal opponents without a single chance. No need to fail into depression – it’s quite possible that those guys are smurfs. They are skilled players that use underdeveloped accounts to get an unfair advantage. Don’t be a smurf. That feeling of superiority is always spoiled by internal understanding of the reasons for it. This is not the same as winning because of your excellent skills, developed with practice.
CS:GO Ranking System has lots of practical uses, but still, it is also full of emotions and gives players an additional reason to rejoice at their in-game progress.