14 Mar, 2019

How To Rank Up In CS:GO

If you are here in search of ways to ranking up your game then you are at the right place.

The CS:GO ranks guide has been further updated to help new players go through the game and its ranking system easily. A couple of things were irrelevant and were removed while some new additions were made. Hope this article helps you improve your CS:GO Rank.


Boosting in online games can be a very hard task, especially if you have not played the game and are not aware of the technical mumbo-jumbo behind it. Because of this, players are always looking for the best way to rank up in online games since the better rank they have, the better-skilled players they will go up against and that is what every regular online player wants.

CS:GO Ranks

One of these games where boosting your rank is very hard is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is why people have been searching for the best CS:GO boosting guides and have been looking for the best ways to rank up in the game. While I am no expert on the subject, this CS:GO rank boosting guide is going to help you with some tips on how to rank up at a good pace in the game.

Profile Ranking System

First up is the profile rank. This is fairly straightforward where you essentially have to win rounds in matches to upgrade your profile rank. You get additional based on your team’s performance and the game determines your XP based on the number of rounds you win in Competitive mode.

How To Rank Up In CS:GO

On the other hand, the XP you earn is based on your individual scores in all game modes other than competitive. It is worth noting that a profile rank of 2 is required to play in Competitive Mode while a profile rank of 21 is required if you want to play in the Prime Account Matchmaking.  There are a total of 40 Profile ranks in the game.


You rank up on your profile rank with every 5000XP that you earn. There are certain multipliers that apply to the XP you earn as well, based on the amount of XP that you have earned during a week. More details along with detailed explanation of how profile ranking system in the game works can be found on this informative thread on the Steam community forums.

Competitive Ranking

The competitive ranking system in the game is much more complex than the profile ranking system and is based on the Elo rating that is commonly used by many different online games today. The problem here is that the ranking system that is in place in CS:GO right now depends on a lot of different, unknown factors and there is a lot of guess work involved in how your rank is actually determined in the game.

For those who want to understand and know more then you can check out Elo Ranking System on Wikipedia. Also check this in-depth and detailed explanation of the ranking system in Competitive Play.

Moving forward, we do know that there are eighteen different ranks in the competitive mode for CS:GO and all of these can be viewed in the following picture that has been taken from the official blog for the game.


With that said, there are two known ways that you can use to boost your Elo and hence jump up to the next rank. There are unknown, wide categories for different ranks in the game based on Elo scores of different players and the two factors that affect your Elo is Round Win/Loss and MVP.

For those who are wondering, when your team loses a round, you and your teammates both lose Elo points. The amount of points lost in the round depends on the points that you had previously and a player with more points will lose more points compared to the other. The same goes for wins and points addition. What this means is that it is impossible to gain Elo points on losses and to lose Elo points on wins.

The second factor that affects your Elo point balance is MVP. The player who is MVP is going to receive a lot more Elo points than the other four players. This is the simplest explanation to this.


So, with that said, the following things actually affect your Elo points:

  • Current Elo Points¬† and Rank
  • Round Win/Loss
  • MVPs Gained

Also, to clear misconceptions, the following things DO NOT affect your Elo points:

  • Kills, Assists & Deaths
  • Teamkills or Suicides
  • Headshots
  • Accuracy
  • Grenades kills, knife kills, stylish kills or anything of this sort
  • The time each rounds takes (to win or lose)
  • Losing/Winning with or without the bomb planted
  • Soreboard position and/or Score
  • Achievements gained during each round (if any)
  • Hostage rescues or shots
  • Damage given and/or Taken
  • etc. (Anything else you can imagine)

So, this is our guide to boosting your rank in CS:GO. Do you have anything else that you would like to add? Let us know.

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How To Rank Up In CS:GO

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  • Andrei

    Very useful guide! Keep up the good work

  • Wwp

    What about being kicked out of game?

  • Kalima Zanager

    ty, pretty helpful

  • Merrit Hearn

    thank u so much now i know i can play comp