All CS:GO Ranks and Ranking System
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All CS:GO Ranks and Ranking System

The CS:GO ranking system is a significant part of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It supports the player by first understanding their level of play and then it assigns skill groups with teammates and opponents at the same level.. In this article you’ll get to know everything about CS:GO Ranking system, like how to get information on where to start, including advice on how to up your CS:GO Rank.

All CS:GO Competitive Ranks List

In total, there are 18 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranks.

CS:GO Rank System (CS:GO Competitive Ranks):

  1. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver 1 CSGO Silver I (S1);

  2. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver 2 Silver 2 CSGO (S2);

  3. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver 3 Silver III (S3);

  4. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver 4 Silver IV (S4);

  5. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver Elite Silver Elite (SE);

  6. CS:GO Ranks Explained Silver Elite Master Silver Elite Master (SEM);

  7. CS:GO Ranks Explained Gold Nova 1 Gold Nova I (GN1);

  8. CS:GO Ranks Explained Gold Nova 2 Gold Nova II (GN2);

  9. CS:GO Ranks Explained Gold Nova 3 Gold Nova III (GN3;

  10. CS:GO Ranks Explained Gold Nova Master 4 Gold Nova Master (GNM/GN4);

  11. CS:GO Ranks Explained Master Guardian 1 Master Guardian I (MG/MG1);

  12. CS:GO Ranks Explained Master Guardian 2 Master Guardian II (MG2);

  13. CS:GO Ranks Explained Master Guardian Elite Master Guardian Elite (MGE);

  14. CS:GO Ranks Explained Distinguished Master Guardian Distinguished Master Guardian CS:GO (DMG);

  15. CS:GO Ranks Explained Legendary Eagle Legendary Eagle (LE);

  16. CS:GO Ranks Explained Legendary Eagle Master Legendary Eagle Master (LEM CSGO);

  17. CS:GO Ranks Explained Supreme Master First Class Supreme Master First Class (SMFC);

  18. CS:GO Ranks Explained Master Global Elite Global Elite CS GO (GE);

Each rank in CS:GO indicates the player’s level of skill. All players start from a Silver rank and then strive to reach Global Elite at the top. The first 6 ranks are called low group, Gold Nova ranks are called low middle. Master Guardian ranks are called the strong middle, and the last 4 ranks are called the Elite Group. Almost everyone wants to enter the group of Elite ranks. Pretty much no one wants to remain on low ranks for too long. The ranking competition makes up a kind of battle among players. We’ve visualized the results on the following picture. It’s the current CS:GO competitive ranks distribution.

cs go competitive ranks distribution

This is the CS:GO New Ranking System – it really doesn’t differ from the previous one, except that the icons design were changed.

Some players are much better in CS:GO than players with the CS:GO Global Elite rank – they are professionals and participate in Esports tournaments. We’ve prepared an article where you can find all of the most popular CS:GO pro player configs. Choose one of them and then use it to improve your in-game level.

How to Get a Rank in CS:GO

You don’t have any rank at all when you start playing CS:GO. 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 basics, 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, as well as with correct adjustment of CS:GO configs. 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 could 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:

  1. Play with bots to understand the game basics.
  2. Play online matches of various CS:GO modes, except CS:GO competitive. These matches will give you an online experience, but any defeat will not affect your rank.
  3. Try to play with all kinds of weapons to see which is best for your style of play.
  4. Choose 1-2 maps and only play them. The beginners’ mistake most people make is that they don’t learn anything about the map before starting to play. Find out the popular CS:GO map Callouts to know the name of the position on the different maps. This is one tip that can help your team to become a winner.
  5. Download CS:GO training map. Run it and practice shooting every time before you start playing a competition map.
  6. Reach the second experience level on your account. It will open up competitive matches for you.
  7. Complete 10 competitive matches and get your first CS:GO Rank.
  8. 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.

Some assistance on the way might be very helpful – for example, use CS:GO Launch Options to become super comfortable with the game. For the same reason, many players use CS:GO Console Commands.

How to Rank up in CS:GO?

Now you know how to get better at CS:GO and what steps to take on the way to Global Elite. But how do you actually get new ranks in CS:GO? And how do you rank up?

There are 10 simple but strong tips to up your rank in CS:GO:

  • Learn and Practice Weapons Spray Patterns
  • Focus on the minimap
  • Don’t forget about grenades
  • Learn the basics of the CS:GO economy
  • Being a good teammate is the most important thing in becoming a winner
  • Change your tactics in different rounds
  • Don’t rush ahead
  • Learn how to peak your enemies properly
  • Practice before you start the competition mode
  • Never give up

Check out our full guide with 33 Best Tips of advice to rank up in CS:GO.

The CS:GO ranking system doesn’t influence whether you get 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 XP Levels (Ranks and Experience in CS:GO)

Feeling confused? 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:

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Recruit Rank 0 1,000 XP
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Private Rank 1 5,000 XP 1,000 XP
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Private Rank 2 5,000 XP 6,000 XP
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Private Rank 3 5,000 XP 11,000 XP
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Private Rank 4 5,000 XP 16,000 XP
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Corporal Rank 5 5,000 XP 21,000 XP
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Corporal Rank 6 5,000 XP 26,000 XP
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Corporal Rank 7 5,000 XP 31,000 XP
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Corporal Rank 8 5,000 XP 36,000 XP
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Sergeant Rank 9 5,000 XP 41,000 XP
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Sergeant Rank 10 5,000 XP 46,000 XP
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Sergeant Rank 11 5,000 XP 51,000 XP
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Sergeant Rank 12 5,000 XP 56,000 XP
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Master Sergeant Rank 13 5,000 XP 61,000 XP
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Master Sergeant Rank 14 5,000 XP 66,000 XP
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Master Sergeant Rank 15 5,000 XP 71,000 XP
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Master Sergeant Rank 16 5,000 XP 76,000 XP
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Sergeant Major Rank 17 5,000 XP 81,000 XP
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Sergeant Major Rank 18 5,000 XP 86,000 XP
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Sergeant Major Rank 19 5,000 XP 91,000 XP
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Sergeant Major Rank 20 5,000 XP 96,000 XP
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Lieutenant Rank 21 5,000 XP 101,000 XP
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Lieutenant Rank 22 5,000 XP 106,000 XP
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Lieutenant Rank 23 5,000 XP 111,000 XP
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Lieutenant Rank 24 5,000 XP 116,000 XP
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Captain Rank 25 5,000 XP 121,000 XP
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Captain Rank 26 5,000 XP 126,000 XP
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Captain Rank 27 5,000 XP 131,000 XP
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Captain Rank 28 5,000 XP 136,000 XP
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Major Rank 29 5,000 XP 141,000 XP
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Major Rank 30 5,000 XP 146,000 XP
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Major Rank 31 5,000 XP 151,000 XP
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Major Rank 32 5,000 XP 156,000 XP
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Colonel Rank 33 5,000 XP 161,000 XP
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Colonel Rank 34 5,000 XP 166,000 XP
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Colonel Rank 35 5,000 XP 171,000 XP
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Brigadier General Rank 36 5,000 XP 176,000 XP
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Major General Rank 37 5,000 XP 181,000 XP
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Lieutenant General Rank 38 5,000 XP 186,000 XP
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General Rank 39 5,000 XP 191,000 XP
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Global General Rank 40 N/A 196,000 XP

After reaching the 40th experience level you’ll get a CS:GO Service Medal and your level will jump to 1 again. This Medal will save on your account as an achievement and everyone can see it. Developers release a new Medal every year.

CS:GO Medals 2017, 2018, 2019:

CS:GO Serves Medals per year

CS:GO Ranking System - FAQ

Can unranked play with silver ranks?

Yes, when you completed 10 placement matches, you are able to play with silver ranked players.

On which level do you get a service medal in CS:GO?

After reaching the 40th experience level, you get the service medal.

Does getting kicked in CS:GO affect your rank?

It depends. If your teammates kicked you and won a game afterwards, you get the win as well, but if they lost - you also lose. So, it can affect your rank in both ways.

How does CS:GO ranking work?

If you win the competetive CS:GO matches your rank will be increased. But if you lose - you rank will be decreased. To calibrate your current rank, you might need to play a few matches.

How do you rank up in CS:GO?

To rank up in CS:GO you need to win competitive matches.

How many ranks are in CS:GO?

There are 18 CS:GO comp ranks (CS:GO MMR) - Matchmaking Rank. And there are 40 experience levels, as well.

What is ELO in CS:GO?

CS:GO ELO, it’s your current CS:GO rank.

What is Global Elite in CS:GO?

Global Elite is the highest rank in CS:GO.

Don’t be a smurf. That feeling of superiority is not the same as winning because of your excellent skills, developed with practice and getting your CS:GO ranks from lowest to highest.

CS:GO ranking system as well as Dota 2 ranking system, has lots of practical uses, but still, it is also full of emotions and will give players an additional reason to rejoice at their in-game progress.

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