Do you lose more elo for surrendering Valorant Ranked games?

Hitting that surrender button might seem like the easy way out of a bad situation, but is it really worth it?

Do you lose more elo for surrendering Valorant Ranked games?
Do you lose more elo for surrendering Valorant Ranked games?

Everyone that have played competitive multiplayer games or has done any online gaming has at some point felt the sting of a clearly lost game due to various circumstances.

Regardless if it's due to AFK players, a griefer that trolls, or just skill level difference when facing smurfs, everyone wants to hit that surrender button sometimes. But how a Valorant ranked game works is different from other multiplayer games.

When designing their tactical shooter game, Riot Games had in mind some of the issues that they faced with LoL players in their MOBA. And with a careful approach, they managed to create a ranking system, that would lessen the toll on the players stuck in this bad position. In this article, we’re going to discuss how surrendering in Valorant’s Competitive mode works, and how you can play around it to your benefit.

Why you shouldn’t surrender in Valorant

The main issue when you agree to that surrender vote is that the game registers that you have lost all of the rounds you forfeited. When you FF a Valorant game you lose more elo because the game thinks you have lost all those rounds because you played bad.

  • If the game is 7 to 5 and you surrender, the server will register the game as 13 to 5. And that’s bad for all of the above-mentioned reasons. Losing by 7 rounds instead of 5 or 3, will cost you more elo. Regardless if you played goor or bad, the system Riot game has installed rewards teams over individual performance.
  • When you forfeit the match you also rob yourself of the opportunity to improve your performance. If you have a bad start to the game with a KDA of 0-6-0 and forfeit, you will lose more elo than ending a full match with 5-15-5. 
  • Even though the game might be doomed, you still have a few rounds and a few chances to get some kills and improve both your ACS and  KDA. And if you managed to do that, that also improves your grade when compared to the MVPs in the lobby. 

How does the elo system work in Valorant?

So to be able to answer your main question, we need to understand how Valorant's Ranked system actually works. The short answer is yes. Surrendering in Valorant losses you a lot more elo than losing a full game. But if you want to know why and how you can navigate around it, stick with us.

There are a lot of factors that weigh in on how much elo, MMR, or RR you will lose or win after a game, and we don't know them all. This is normal because if everyone knew how the system works, everyone would find a way to abuse it. But through our experience as a community playing this game, we've managed to figure some of them out. These are the most important factors that decide your elo gain or loss.

Average Combat Score

If we take a step back from all of the discussion that surrounds Valorant, in the end, the only way to win a round is to eliminate all your enemies or detonate the spike. And both of those tasks are made easier if you can shoot the enemy team. Average Combat Score is the main statistic that quantifies how much damage you did per round(including shields). If you did 400 damage and got no kills, you will still be the MVP of the round.

And this is the most important statistic when the game decides how much elo you will win or lose. In a game that finishes properly, your ACS will be compared to the rest of your team, and you will be graded accordingly. The main issue about surrendering is you not giving yourself a shot, to improve your performance. We'll talk more about this later.

How does winning rounds affect elo gains?

So Riot Games thought that players in losing situations would abuse this and play selfishly. Getting meaningless kills, racking up statistics, baiting your teammates without actually trying to win the game. So a big part in the equation of how much elo you lose is the round differential.

Losing 13 to 3 with 15 kills will lose you more elo than losing 13-10 with 10 kills. And this is very important because when you agree on that surrender vote, the game automatically recognizes that you lost all of the following rounds.

How does individual performance affect elo loss?

To create a safer environment for new players and also protect the existing ones from smurfing, Riot Games also implemented this feature in their grading system. In Valorant you can queue up with your friends who are of the same rank or one rank difference. And in 5 stack queues, you can queue up with any rank and be matched up versus any rank.

The game will try its best to even out the team's MMR by matching them versus similar opponents even though it hurts the queue time. And after the game is done, the system will grade your performance compared to the best performing players on both teams. A Bronze player who bottom frags in a Platinum average MMR 5 stack game, will lose less elo than bottom fragging in a Silver game.

How do KDA, First Bloods, and Plants affect MMR?

The least impactful metrics that the game uses to grade your performance are these three, even though they are very important. Your KDA is a reflection of your effort to try and perform. Someone who sits AFK in spawn to hostage their teammates and dies every round without getting a kill or assists will be heavily punished.

In theory and in high elo, first bloods are some of the most important statistics because it puts the other team at a major disadvantage. Good luck trying to win the round if your Controller or Sentinel defending the site, gets first blooded. And lastly, planting the bomb means you made an effort to try and complete the tasks to win the game, even though your shooting wasn’t up to par that day.

Every game is winnable

So the only difference in playing out a possibly awful situation and using your surrender option is that you get absolutely nothing from surrendering in Valorant.  And that’s just the statistics of the game and how the system functions. As players sometimes it's hard to remember that you are playing against other players and not the game.

The opposing squad can make mistakes, your team composition is better on the other side, someone on their team might AFK, they might start acting cocky and throw easy rounds. Anything can happen. You might win a round or two of flanks, rotations, or if someone on your team heats up and the comeback is underway. Their economy will be ruined, they might force buy out of ego and you get more free rounds, free ultimates, and get momentum.

And once that happens and their confidence gets rattled, every game is winnable. The more resilient team wins. Nothing guarantees that the next match will be a competitive game, so try your hardest now. But if you want to get onto the next game fast and your teammates vote on that surrender option, we have an entire article that explains how you can surrender a Valorant game.