The ultimate Rocket League ranking system guide

Rocket League is a game with an absolutely phenomenal concept brought to life. Rocket car soccer, that just screams casual and fun, frantic gameplay. The title has been brilliant at offering its player base a plethora of chaotic yet terrific game modes. Whether that is the standard gameplay, rumble mode that offers power-ups similar to that of Mario kart. Or perhaps you’re thinking of the alternative sport modes like hoops or snow day. Which offer the player the ability to play basketball and hockey within Rocket League respectively.

These modes allow players to play each mode and practice their tactics. With each game having new skills to hone and perfect. However, within a casual setting, making players can’t fully invest. They need higher stakes and bigger rewards for their efforts. Well, it just so happens that there is an abundance of options for these players to fill this demand. This comes through the inclusion of ranked matches within Rocket League.

These matches are competitive by nature and through competing in these matches, players are given a competitive rank that reflects their skill level. Players can rise and fall in ranks based on their performances in matches, with wins helping you rise in ranks and losses doing the opposite. This ranking system not only allows you to play with players that are of a similar ability to yourself but also puts you in line for prizes at the end of the Rocket League season.

How does Rocket League’s ranking system Work

The ranking system within Rocket League is rather simple to understand and intuitive in nature. The ranks within the game are referred to as tiers. These represent the skill level of all the players that are within their bracket and do so clearly through their quality system and their various related emblems. There are eight tiers in total. Here is a quick list of the available tiers that you can earn.

  • Unranked
  • Bronze 1-3
  • Silver 1-3
  • Gold 1-3
  • Platinum 1-3
  • Diamond 1-3
  • Champion 1-3
  • Grand Champion

As you can see, these tiers grow in quality as you rise through the various possible tiers. The player begins unranked and will remain at this tier until they have completed ten matches. What this allows the game to do is compare you performances throughout these matches to other players who are ranked and place you accordingly. Once the player has completed ten matches they will be slotted into the tier that best represents them.

Within these various tiers (aside from unranked and grand champion) there are also sub-tiers. These are three numbered levels of that tier that split the players within that bracket. To further explain this, if a player is ranked Gold one they will have to earn gold two and three before they reach the platinum tier.

These sub-tiers are further separated into divisions. There are four divisions per sub-tier and these loosely equate to two or three wins a division. So for example. If a player is in Diamond one, division two. They will require two or three wins to ascend to division three. From Champion on, it takes more games to rank up a division. Again, the only tiers that do not have these divisions are unranked and grand champion.

However, if you do win 2/3 games and you don’t rank up, or you only lose one game and get sent down a division, don’t panic. You are still making tangible progress which is better represented by the MMR score which we will discuss in moment.

What’s fantastic about this ranking system for players that are specialists in a certain game mode is that each mode has its own ranking system. Meaning that if you ranked quite low in singles but you are much more effective when playing doubles. Then this isn’t an issue at all. You can play ten unranked matches within doubles and achieve a completely separate ranking. This is also great for players that don’t know their best game mode and want to test their skills in each game mode.

Here is a quick list of the game modes that you can receive a rank from:

  • Ranked singles (1v1)
  • Ranked doubles (2v2)
  • Ranked solo standard (3v3)
  • Ranked standard (3v3)
  • Ranked rumble (3v3)
  • Ranked dropshot (3v3)
  • Ranked hoops (3v3)
  • Ranked snow day (3v3)

If you’re still a little lost as to how the Rocket League tier system works. Don’t worry, we have a table that will visually represent all the various tiers that you can achieve. Here it is below:

Rocket League ELO system (MMR)

So, you may be wondering about the inner workings of the matchmaking system. How does Rocket League work out just how skilled you are? Well, it does this through a scoring system called MMR or matchmaking rank. This is a hidden score that the player acquires through their unranked matches and is affected by the games that they play and their performances in these matches thereafter.

This invisible score is one which will determine which ranked matches you are placed in, what rank you are and what pool of players that you can encounter.

What influences how much MMR points you get?

Many players believe that there is a plethora of contributing factors that lead to this score, aspects of gameplay such as assists, goals, points and saves for example. However, there are only two contributing factors:

  • wins and losses
  • how much MMR your opponents had

For example, if a player has a significantly higher MMR rating and you lose the match. Then the loss of MMR points for you will be significantly less than if you lost against a player with an equivalent or lower MMR score to yourself.

How to check your Rocket League MMR?

There are two methods to see what MMR you have.

Bakkesmod

The first method will require Bakkesmod . This gives players the opportunity to see exactly where their MMR score stands. It’s a great tool for players that want to establish the stakes of every match they enter and see exactly how much they gained or lost from respective matches. If you want to download this mod for yourself, here is a link for Bakkesmod right here:

Rank checking websites

There is also the ability to use dedicated tracker sites that record your lifetime stats on the platform of your choice and can be accessed anytime. This can be used by XBOX and Playstation players.

Take TRN for example:

This website allows you to enter your handle for any system that Rocket League runs on, all except Switch – so sorry to all you guys. This service records your MMR ranking points and shows you your current form. It also shows you form from previous seasons and all the respective ranked match types individually. Plus, the service also shows you some of your performance stats such as your shot conversion rate or your playstyle.

This is just one of many tracking sites that offer unique insights into your Rocket League stats. Their accessibility and ease of use make them an ideal companion resource for keeping track of your form and seeing what is needed to get to your next rank.

Here are the best sites to check your MMR:

Rocket League Rank Distribution

So now that you have a good understanding of the ranks that are available within Rocket League and the way the ranking system works. It would be understandable that you want to know just how common your ranking is. Plus, how populated each other rank is for that matter. Well, we have gathered some statistics from season twelve and its rank distribution percentages. Now, although this may not represent present stats accurately, from season to season the variation of rank distribution minimal. Meaning these stats should still give you a fair representation.

Although the table showcases each game modes stats, we will briefly discuss the standard mode and its distribution. What is clear from this game mode is that many players will achieve a tier that is better than bronze and the lower end of silver with less than 10% of players occupying the spaces below silver two. Then the majority of players begin to find their tiers thereafter.

Within silver two all the way up to gold three, there is a staggering amount of players that fall into this bracket. With approximately 43% of the standard mode player base holding one of the ranks between silver two and gold three. Making this area the most occupied and therefore the most likely tier for moderately skilled or even rather adept players to inhabit.

Moving onto the platinum section, which as a single-tier is the second most populated behind the gold tiers. This is a tier that is populated with players that show signs of mastery within Rocket League, with aerial dribbling and duels becoming more common place.

The Diamond tier holds approximately 15% of players and neatly represents the gradual decline of players in each rank as they grow in quality. There is still a good amount of the player base in the diamond tier. Meaning that this tier essentially represents the pinnacle of aspiring players looking to break into the elite classes.

Whilst the next tier, champion, represents the elite tier of Rocket league. This is where the highly skilled players within the community are ranked. With some of these players even aspiring to break into the super-elite and become a pro player. You have to be a truly skilled player to make your way to this rank.

Then finally, with less than half a percent of the community occupying the space. There is the esteemed rank of grand champion. This is reserved for the absolute best players that the game has to offer. With professional e-sports team members and renowned streamers being commonplace in this tier. If you find yourself in this tier yourself

Though this only represents one game mode, there isn’t a huge fluctuation in the format of other game types. Most players will file into the gold and platinum tiers with only the most skilled players making their way to the prestigious rank of grand champion. Though if you do want to peruse the different rank distributions for each game mode, we have gathered some stats from season twelve which showcase this perfectly. Here they are listed below.

How the distribution has evolved over the seasons

It’s also worth noting that although we are suggesting that there has been little change in rank distribution from season 12 through to present day, this does not mean that there hasn’t been a huge fluctuation throughout Rocket League’s life span. The distribution of ranks from season one until present day has gradually moved up each year. In the past there would have been a much larger number of players ranked bronze and silver. However, as the game has grown and the average players skill level has grown with it, the average rank has shifted upward.

For context, the once elusive rank of Grand Champion has grown in numbers exponentially since the games first season, with a growth of approximately 1200% since the season stats for season seven. At this time the whole of Champ 1 upwards was confined to less than one percent of the population. This all goes to show that the average player is getting better and better each year.  The quality of play is much higher even in the more common ranks and tiers. So while distribution of ranks has begun to plateau since the early days, it’s clear that the gradual improvement of the player base as a whole is still occurring to this day.

How to get your rocket league rank

Earning Your rank in Rocket League is as simple as taking part.

All you have to do is select the appropriate game mode that you wish to play. Then through playing ten matches your rank and MMR score will be calculated based on your results and the players you played against during rankings. Matches do not need to be played in full to count toward your ranking. Quitting matches or disconnecting will still result in a loss against your name, so be mindful.

Also remember, each game mode has its own set of ranks. So if you didn’t quite achieve your full potential in your singles ranking matches. Don’t panic because you have other opportunities through doubles, standard and various other game modes. Or if you’re determined, you can always turn it around by stringing some wins together and climbing up those lost ranks.

How good are you at Rocket League? Classifying each Ranking Tier

Bronze to Gold

As far as these set of ranks are concerned, there is not a great deal of separation in quality. What you will see is players trying to get a grasp of the basic turning, shooting and passing/centering mechanics. Often this is players punting the ball up the pitch into the opposing corner and a mistake will often present an open net for patient players who sit off and wait for the opponents to mess up.

This happens less as you get to the high end of gold ranks and these players even begin to play in the air with some level of competence. Gold is where the majority of players get ranked as they have not fully mastered all the basics and have not begun to learn any advanced techniques that will push them up the ranking ladder.

Platinum

This is where you begin to see players that are committed to improving their playstyle and growing as a player. You will see players trying aerials, playing passes rather than simply hitting the ball because they can and having the understanding and mindfulness to communicate with teammates and rotate effectively.

This isn’t completely consistent with the platinum raking as a lot of players do creep into this rank without these attributes locked down. Plus a lot of the things they try to do such as aerials are far from consistent and refined. Though, it’s the beginning of players consciously playing with purpose.

Diamond

This rank has a rather eclectic set of players as players begin to learn their strengths and specialise in attacking, playmaking or defending. There is still an air of inconsistency in these players and weaknesses can be easily exploited if found early in matches. This is most true of players who are excellent flip reset attackers but neglect training their defending skills for example. The most effective way to work your way through this rank is to communicate with your teammates efficiently and try to be a fully rounded player. This is not to say don’t have a speciality, flip reset shots are really useful in the right scenarios. All we are saying is back it up with other skills in important areas of the pitch.

Champ 1-2

Contrary to the belief of many that idolise the purple emblem players, the lower ranked champ players are just more refined versions of diamond players, with small margins separating them. This might be players that are flawless in their speciality and this has carried them to champ status. Though they will struggle to achieve much higher than this.

This is where teamwork and fluidity become essential. You need to be great communicators in matches to progress higher. You need a great sense of the game and be able to read situations and you need a series of skills rather than one very polished one to rely on. This is where you begin to see well rounded and well-structured teams begin to form.

Champ 3 and GC

Last but not least, we have the cream of the crop. This is where almost all mechanical mistakes are ironed out and missing the ball in any situation is a rarity. Every touch, boost, redirect or bump is planned and dare we say, calculated.

Players will have assuredness and with a proactive positioning. Every player knows their job and can do it flawlessly almost every time. No player is perfect obviously but this is as close to perfect as you’re likely to see.

Esport Level

The best of the best are playing in big Esport tournaments with prize pools of over 1.000.000. It’s hard for us to say what differentiates a normal Grand Champions from an Esport GC. Just take a look at this video to see the difference:

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How to rank up in Rocket League

Although there is no set formula to success in ranked matches, all ranks provide different scenarios and there are ways to be more consistently successful. Each game mode offers a different challenge and different players will have alternative play styles you will have to adapt to. Though overall, there are tips and tricks that will give you the edge in most in-game situations.

One of those is working as a team. Whether this is in doubles, standard or more eclectic game modes, will fall into place much more often. This means partnering up with players that can play together well. If two players are on the same wavelength there is more chance of pinpoint passes, smooth rotations and ultimately, more wins. Also, we would advise you invest in a headset to talk to your teammate during play. Further encouraging great communication on the field of play.

Secondly, what is essential for any player that wants to achieve consistent results in ranked matches is having their map preferences sorted. If you’re playing ranked, you want to have the maps that you play best on come up as often as possible. So make sure you upvote your favourites and downvote those maps that cause you stress and lose you matches. Playing on your preferred maps is liking playing with home advantage, so don’t leave it up to chance.

Our next step to climbing the ranks and achieving your potential is learning to fly. Now we aren’t asking you to hurl yourself out your window right now. We simply mean that in-game, those that can use a boost to dominate aerial duels and even dribble to the goal from the sky usually come out on top. Through taking to the air you negate all players who can’t quite match your aerial prowess. Meaning that if you can master the art of rocket-propelled shots and passes, you’ll see better results. So if you need to train you can do so in the training option, through steam workshop maps which specialise in aerial skill training. Or if you think you already have what it takes, adapt your style and play matches with your wheels off the ground.

Then our last tip for aspiring players looking to break the mould and push for grand champion status. When you are playing ranked matches, it’s essential that you play to your strengths. So if you are a wonderful playmaker but suck with the final finish, then play the role of the midfield general. If your attacking play is weak but you read the play expertly well, then you may be a fantastic defensive player.

This works even if you are playing one on one games. If you are better dribbling on the ground then try to create scenarios that allow you to take on opponents head-on. Or if you work better on the counter-attack, invite shots and pressure on, then break toward their goal at breakneck speed. Allowing play to be dictated by the opponent is a sure recipe for disaster. So find your strong points and utilize them frequently for the most wins possible.

If you’re still a little unsure of the key ways to get consistent wins, here is a visual of the best ways to achieve your true potential. Study it, learn it and put it into action.

Rocket League Season Rewards

So you might be wondering, with all these ranks and the hard work it takes to get them, why do it. There are bragging rights to be hard sure, plus the pride and joy feel with each new rank is a special feeling. Though there are rewards to be had as well. Specialist items that are exclusive to the participants of the current season.

To earn these rewards, you will have to participate in ten matches and earn your rank for the season. Those who remain unranked do not qualify for the rewards. So make sure you at least get yourself the minimum requirements to earn something.

Though, if you are an avid collector and want to earn every reward that you possibly can. Then you’ll have to play more matches. Players who play ten matches will get the bronze ranked rewards as standard. Then players will need to accumulate wins at different tiers to get higher quality loot. So if you win ten matches at bronze rank, then you move to the next tier. Though if you want to keep advancing, you need to be winning games within that tier to advance. So if you want platinum tier rewards, you’ll need ten wins while ranked within that tier and so on.

Thankfully, losses within this run do not cause any penalties. Players will retain the same number of wins that they had going into their last game. So if you slip up and lose a few games on the bounce. Provided you are still ranked high enough to keep pushing that win count up, then you have nothing to worry about.

If you aren’t ranked in every single game type, don’t panic. As long as you have earned a ranking in at least one game type, earned wins to get to the reward tier you deserve and maintained it for the season, you will get the rewards.

One important caveat of the ranking system is that it requires the player to regularly return to the game. If a player doesn’t play ranked matches for 30 days, the game types that they have neglected may reset to unranked. Meaning that players would be required to play ten ranked matches again if they wanted to receive rewards linked to that game type. So be sure to make an appearance in each game type now and again if you want to keep your rank.

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The Rocket league ranking system is one that is very intuitive, easy to understand and most importantly, is a fair and balanced challenge. Those who work hard, win games and work well as a solo competitor or teammate will ascend the ranks fast. While those who have more to learn to master the game will perhaps rank somewhere amongst the majority of players within silver and gold.

It’s a system that offers players the chance to know their worth within the community. It allows the player to show off their prestige through emblems in matches. Then perhaps most importantly, it allows players to gather wins and collect loot for their grind and hard work. It forces players to compete against players of a similar calibre and pushes them to become better than they already are. It’s the ultimate motivational tool. So if you want to be a grand champion, get out there, get ranked and win some games!

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