What is CS:GO Danger Zone?
Way back in December 2018, when the booming trend of battle royale multiplayer modes was at peak popularity. You would be forgiven to have missed one or two stand out title’s attempts at the format. After all, there was a cavalcade of indie, high production, and downright terrible attempts to sift through. Though one such stand out effort that may have passed you by is CS:GO and it’s battle royale mode, Danger Zone.
This mode attempted to shake up the conventional formula to great effect. It offered a more concise experience, with smaller maps, lobbies, and games. Offering a bitesize experience that still included all the staples that make the mode so addictive and fun.
The mode offers the ability to play in teams of up to three players, a variety of fun utility items, and all the weapons that are synonymous with the traditional CS:GO modes.
The later maps on offer in Danger zone have had their critics due to drops in frame rates and vision issues with the Jungle map in particular. Though there is a great deal of love for the initial map, Blacksite.
This mode was initially received by fans and casual players as a departure from traditional CSGO gameplay, however. Offering a more arcade-style gameplay than the tactical and refined gameplay they were used to. Such gameplay that has made CS:GO a staple of the competitive gaming community.
However, thanks to regular updates, a revamp to presentation and matchmaking times. Plus new items and features that have made the emergent nature of gameplay more frequently available to the player. This game mode has been accepted by most of the Counter-Strike community as a worthy addition to their beloved game. Even more so now that there is a competitive edge to the mode. This comes with the addition of ranks.
Danger Zone Rankings
The ranks have a common theme of animals, getting more fearsome as you progress. Here’s a snapshot of all the ranks available:
There are fifteen ranks in total for the player to battle and obtain. The bog-standard being ‘lab rat I’. Though with a great level of skill and effort, you could find yourself with the prestigious rank of ‘the howling alpha’. Which may just be a not so subtle not to the M4A4 howl weapon skin.
Danger Zone ELO Ranking
Valve has stated that all players are able to play together in matches despite their respective ranks. This is due to a system that is focused on individual performance rather than ranked matchmaking and placement to progress faster.
Though sadly this is something that cannot be said with any clarity or certainty. Valve has famously been cagey with their algorithms surrounding matchmaking and rankings, even with their longer serving modes within CS:GO. It is assumed that the more kills and high placements in matches you earn, the quicker you climb ranks. Though we can’t say for sure.
This matching system is also coupled with the long-serving ‘trust factor’ system that Valve has implemented into all aspects of CS. This system also considers the age of your steam account, the number of CSGO hours played, and your behavior within the game.
It’s All About Bragging Rights
Although the community has been upfront with its criticism of Valve investing time in this game mode over more popular modes. It’s clear that there is still a large chunk of the community that really enjoys the more lax and forgiving nature of this mode.
This addition of rankings offers at the very least, some level of stakes to an otherwise fun but meaningless mode. Now there is something to play for. So perhaps the more competitive and long-serving players will come around to Danger zone. All in the name of being the best in all areas. Even if that means playing with a more casual player now and then.
This addition of rankings is another step towards a unique and brilliantly refined battle royale experience, unlike the majority of what’s on offer elsewhere. If you haven’t already given Danger zone a bash, we suggest you see for yourself and earn your rank!