The latest major update for CS:GO came with its fair share of tweaks, mainly it’s massive changes to the way that the ranking system works. It’s safe to say that most of the CS:GO community has been de-ranked pretty harshly. I, for one, went straight from Legendary Eagle Master to unranked from my first loss after the update which is utterly crazy! However, are the new changes to the way the ranking system works a good thing?
Personally I think that they will be, but not immediately. In a few months’ time, the ranks of players will balance out and the only thing that will have changed will be the skill level required to enter higher ranks, which I think is a good thing. However, as it stands, the changes to the ranking system is really hindering competitive play mainly due to the imbalance of the skill levels on each team.
Legendary Eagle Masters are being teamed up with, or are put against, Master Guardians and this sever disparity between the members in each team is just no fun. On top of this, I seem to be placed in games in which my team just completely dominates the enemy, and the whole game is a utter whitewash, only to find out they are either all my rank or a mix between highs and lows and this, again, ruins the experience and challenge in CS:GO.
Before and after and ranking changes.
Brian Lev stated this on Reddit:
We did initiate a slow shift of the Skill Group boundaries recently, due to an increase in players and a substantial upward drift over time in the skill groups distribution. While this won’t impact the quality of your matches (you are matched based on an underlying rank value and not the visible Skill Group), many players will experience a change in their Skill Group as the distribution returns to a bell curve centered approximately at Gold Nova 4. We also shipped a recent update that will automatically monitor and maintain consistency of the players skill groups distribution. That should eliminate the need to make such disruptive boundary adjustments in the future.
For me, it’s clear to see that Valve is trying to make Counter Strike the best it can be and this change is something that will really forward this goal. All that’s needed is some time. Time for the ranks to balance out. Time for players to truly find their skill groups and then I think that this change will benefit CS:GO immensely.
If you want to see how much the ranks have changed, check out this website which monitors the percentage of the community in each skill group.
If you go back to before the update, you can really see how much the ranks differ from what they are now.