CSGO Ranks » The CS:GO ranking system explained

If you are into CS:GO and you really enjoy playing this popular esport on a competitive level, we have prepared an excellent piece for you where you can find all about CS:GO ranks, how the CS:GO ranking system works, CSGO levels and more.

What are CSGO Ranks?

The CSGO ranking system is very weird, especially if you played the game for a while. Before we start breaking down the most important information regarding CSGO ranks, it is necessary for you to understand what CSGO ranks are. Basically, after every competitive match, you are gaining ELO points(which cannot be seen). Keep in mind that everything you do around the map will be added or deducted to your ELO rating.

If you are a newbie, your first CS:GO rank will probably vary somewhere between Silver III and Gold Nova II. This will represent your current skill-bracket and in most scenarios, you will be matched against players with similar skill-sets. So basically, CS:GO ranks represent your current skill in the game, which includes positioning, aim, awareness, map knowledge, utility line-ups, crosshair placement, movement and game sense.

In order to improve, you will need to work on all of the aspects I mentioned above. However, if you want to climb the CSGO ranking system faster, I would advise you to work on your aim.

Types of CSGO Ranks/Players

Ever since this FPS title was released, we had a total of 18 ranks in CSGO. Below you can find a complete CSGO ranks list, so do not miss out.

  • Silver I (S1)
  • Silver 2 CSGO (S2)
  • Silver III (S3)
  • Silver IV (S4)
  • Silver Elite (SE)
  • Silver Elite Master (SEM)
  • Gold Nova I (GN1)
  • Gold Nova II (GN2)
  • Gold Nova III (GN3)
  • Gold Nova Master (GNM)
  • Master Guardian I (MG1)
  • Master Guardian II (MG2)
  • Master Guardian Elite (MGE)
  • Distinguished Master Guardian CSGO (DMG)
  • Legendary Eagle (LE)
  • Legendary Eagle Master (LEM CSGO)
  • Supreme Master First Class (SMFC)
  • Global Elite CSGO (GE)

Statistically speaking, most players in CSGO are stuck between the Gold Nova I and Master Guardian I ranks. Roughly, around 30% of the players are still trying to find a way out of these ranks, and I believe that if you follow our advice, you will climb the CS:GO ranking system very fast.

As for the godlike status in CS:GO (Global Elite). At the time of writing, only 0.78% of players are competing at this level, and this says a lot about the game and how competitive it is.

CSGO Ranks

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What type of CSGO Player are you?

Now that you know certain statistics, it is important to discuss your rank and how can you improve.

Silver I – to – Silver Elite Master

You are a complete newbie to the game. Your aim is way off, you basically do not know a single nade line up, you have no awareness and you never look at the map. Did I predict you correctly?

Climbing through Silver ranks is very easy. You do not have to work on utility usage. I would suggest you train 30-60 minutes every day. There are tons of servers out there where you can improve. From my experience, I would suggest you go for either headshot only FFA servers or you simply kill bots on aim_botz map which can be found in the workshop.

I believe that if you do this throughout 7 days, your aim will drastically improve and you will constantly top frag. Furthermore, you will climb out of Silver ranks very fast. Once you have advanced to the Gold Nova stage of the CSGO ranking system, you will have to add a couple of more aspects to your game.

Gold Nova I – to – Master Guardian Elite

At this point in time, you probably have a decent number of hours on the board. However, alongside individual skill and aim, you simply have to add another couple of aspects to your game. Let’s be honest, you will have no game sense since that comes with experience. However, you can compensate by using your radar/map. Exploit the weakness of your opponents, place your crosshair properly, learn how to throw a couple of important smokes and molotovs on each map.

There is a reason why almost 30% of the total player base is stuck in these ranks. Your aim will not get you through these ranks unless you are Shroud. If you can aim like this former Cloud9 player, you should simply ignore everything I have just said.

Distinguished Master Guardian(DMG) – to – Legendary Eagle Master(LEM)

These are the ranks where things get competitive. You will encounter a lot of players who are insanely skilled individually, but they are lacking when it comes to movement, positioning and overall, game sense.

Experience is a big factor here. Players that racked up around 2k-3k hours will definitely have an edge against up and comers with around 1k hours. At this point, you know a lot of different nade line ups, your crosshair placement is on point, but you are not consistent. In order to be consistent, you have to train more. Put a lot of effort into practice and eventually, you will climb the CSGO ranking system.

Supreme Master First Class – and – Global Elite

There is not much to say about these ranks. There are not any differences here, as a Supreme can easily trash a Global Elite player. You have reached the top of the mountain and I would heavily advise you to switch to either FACEIT or ESEA, as this is where the best CSGO players in the world compete.

CSGO Ranks - Global Elite

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How CSGO Ranks Work?

If you’re one of the players who want to know how does the ranking sistem work in CS:GO, the answer is quite simple, although not as simple as it is in other competitive games. Unlike Dota 2 for instance, CS:GO does not show players the actual MMR number associated to their account. You only get to see your rank or medal. When you lose games, this hidden MMR decreases. When you win games, the MMR increases.

But unlike other esports, the CS:GO matchmaking system does not just think in terms of wins and losses. It also takes into account variables such as your KDA, MVPs, damage per round, bomb plants, bomb diffusals and so on. The victory itself is probably still the thing that weighs the most in the overall calculation. But your contribution to the war effort is also taken into account. So when you win, you probably gain more points if you’ve contributed a lot to the team’s victory. And when you lose, you probably loser fewer points if you’ve actually done your job and the defeat was not caused by your poor performance.

Make sure you follow our CS:GO News. If there is an update regarding the ELO or MMR system in CS:GO, you will be able to find it there.

How to Rank up Fast in CSGO?

How to rank up in CS:GO? This is the ultimate question everyone will ask themselves eventually. If you want to climb CS:GO ranks fast, there are two pieces of advice I can give to you.

Find teammates. It’s as simple as that. Do not play this game with 4 random players. There is so much more you can do if you play in a team. Your communication will be on point, you can do executes together, and help each other out. All in all, the game is so much easier and better when it’s played with people who are willing to communicate.

CSGO Levels

Alongside the CS:GO ranks, you will also stumble upon a wide variety of CSGO levels. Contrary to ranks, levels do not represent your skill level. However, levels will accurately represent the amount of time you’ve invested 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

There are 40 levels in the game right now, and you earn XP points by competing in any one of its modes. Keep in mind that most of the points can be claimed by playing in the competitive mode, where you can grab bonus points for every won round.

It is also important to mention that once you achieved 40 levels, you can claim your CS:GO service medal. Your CSGO level will drop back to 1, but if you can claim another 40 levels, you will get an upgraded CS:GO service medal.

CSGO Ranks - Global Elite

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What rank is Shroud in CSGO?

There are a lot of people interested in Shroud’s CS:GO rank. However, this popular twitch.tv streamer is switching games constantly, which basically means he is often inactive in CSGO, hence the reason why the game removed his rank.

The last time Shroud played in the competitive mode in CS:GO, he was awarded with a Master Guardian Elite rank. To be honest, I feel sorry about the players who played against Shroud in matchmaking as this is really unfair.

Advice For Ranking Up and Becoming a Better Player

Since ranking up in CS:GO is largely a matter of individual skill, you need to become a better player if you really want to move up the ladder. There’s simply no point in being matched with better players if you’re not capable of competing against them. You will simply get crushed and lose a lot of games for your teams, as a result of making mistakes that people from the lower ranks can’t even notice. Someone from the top three ranks in CS:GO will immediately see them, but until you get to that level it’s hard to figure out why you lost certain rounds and maps.

To summarize everything written here, there are quite a few things that you can individually improve in order to become the best possible CS:GO player. The tips you can find below should definitely help you out. Here are a few things that you can do to get better faster.

Improve Your Game

It’s as simple as that. Work hard in order to improve yourself. Train at least 4-5 days a week (if you have that much free time). From my personal experience, I would advise you to either hop into FFA deathmatch or HS-only servers.

Find Good Teammates

Either play with your friends or try to find a solid group of players for yourself. This is the best way to rank up fast in CS:GO. There are tons of various team finders available to you and I believe that it is not very hard to find someone to play with. As I mentioned above, this method will definitely improve communication within the team. Furthermore, your executes will be on point and overall, you will have an edge over 5 players that got matched up randomly.

Specialize in one role

The key to attaining the top CS:GO ranks is to specialize. Don’t do a little bit of everything, because that’s a sure way to stagnate or make slow progress. Instead, play the same role every game. If you’re the AWP player, let your team know that and make sure you play with the AWP until you’re comfortable with it. Practice in competitive matches, practice on training maps. Do what a pro player would do and look at it as something you need to get good at in a systematic manner. Don’t train in a mindless way. Train with intent, knowing what you want to get out of it. Set goals and standards of effort and performance for yourself. Then aim to reach them.

Specialize in several maps

Don’t play everything. Play one map at first, master it and move on to another one. The more you do something specific, the better you become at it in a short period of time. As the old martial arts saying goes, a master is not someone who’s practiced one thousand moves five times each, but someone who’s practiced five moves a thousand times each.

Follow the Professional CS:GO Scene

If you are into CS:GO betting, I am positive that you watch a lot of matches. If you are not, you should definitely watch some of the upcoming events. You can learn a lot of nade line ups or you can simply copy the style of certain teams and professional CS:GO players. This is an excellent learning method that will improve your game, especially once you’ve seen how the best CS:GO players in the world play the game.

Watching the best players in the world in action is sure to teach you how the game should be played. To keep in touch with the professional CS:GO scene, simply follow our website and the official blog of CS:GO.