What do CSGO Ranks mean?

There are three different ranks in Counter Strike: Global Offensive and each of them are for a different part of the game. You are not alone if you get confused between the different ranks and what each of them means. In general, when someone mentions your rank in the game it’s referring to your competitive rank through the online matchmaking system.

Account Rank

Your account rank grows each time you complete a game no matter what the game type is as long as it’s on an official valve matchmaking server. You can view your rank any time by going to your profile or looking at the crest next to your name while playing.

Account Rank gaining points after playing a game
Account Rank gaining points after playing a game

You need to reach rank 21 to make your account a prime account. It takes about 2 weeks of constant play to reach that rank.

What do you get for ranking up your account?

The first time you rank up your account each week you will receive a random drop which can include a weapon skin, a weapon crate or a spray. Once you hit level 40 once per year you’re able to unlock the Service Medal which resets your account rank. The Service Medal can be shown on your accounts profile and next to your name in the game.

CSGO's Yearly Service Medals
CSGO’s Yearly Service Medals

Competitive Rank

This rank will range from one of the sixteen ranks given to game modes in Counter Strike: Global Offensive and range from Silver to The Global Elite. This is what most people talk about when they mention rank in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

You get a competitive rank after winning 10 competitive matches in CSGO, unfortunately you’re limited to only being able to win two games in ranked matchmaking while you do not have these ten wins. This means that you’re limited to the amount of ranked matchmaking you can play until you do have one of the sixteen ranks.

At the end of the round every player’s rank is shown on the leaderboard so you are able to compair your rank to your opponents and other team members. The only exception to this is if you’ve lobbied with them before joining the game or they’re on your friend’s list.

csgo ranks
A list of the current competitive ranks in CSGO

Rank Names (Lowest to Highest)

  1. Silver I
  2. Silver II
  3. Silver III
  4. Silver IV
  5. Silver Elite
  6. Silver Elite Master
  7. Gold Nova I
  8. Gold Nova II
  9. Gold Nova II
  10. Gold Nova Master
  11. Master Guardian I
  12. Master Guardian II
  13. Master Guardian Elite
  14. Distinguished Master Guardian
  15. Legendary Eagle
  16. Legendary Eagle Master
  17. Supreme Master First Class
  18. The Global Elite

How to get a higher competitive rank

You’ll rank up by winning more games than you lose. On average I’ve found playing solo that I’ll rank up every six or so wins on average without a single loss.

If you play with lower ranked friends you’ll be earning less elo after a win and losing more for a loss which is used to determine your competitive rank. You cannot see your elo but I feel that you can start to get a feel when you’re about to rank up when your opponents suddenly play better compared to the previous ones.

Wingman Rank

Your wingman rank is extremely similar to your competitive rank however it is only for the game mode Wingman. Wingman only has a total of four players with two on each team. It provides players with a short game on a small map compared to other game modes but can also be very strategic with just you and a friend.

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