Skill Rating Gains and Losses Adjusted in March 2 Vanguard Ranked Play Update

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Treyarch Studios has released their latest update for Call of Duty: Vanguard Ranked Play in Season Two, making three fairly significant changes to the mode's Skill Rating (SR) system.

Here's a breakdown of the March 2 patch notes for Call of Duty: Vanguard Ranked Play Season 2.

Here are the official changes Raven have now made to Call of Duty: Vanguard's Ranked Play Beta:

  • Adjusted how SR gains and losses are calculated to make them more predictable (no more -50 SR after a loss)
  • Addressed an issue where some players could lose considerably more SR than they gained after completing their 5 Skill Evaluation matches
  • We've adjusted SR disconnect/quit penalties. The first player to disconnect from a game now receives a -50 SR penalty, and additional players who disconnect past that point are penalized -25 SR

Additionally, Treyarch added that more penalties for quitters are "in the works."

Ultimately, losing in any competitive mode sucks, and especially so when a teammate leaves early. With these changes, perhaps less players will be willing to take the SR hit and quit mid-game.

Meanwhile, these other two changes seem promising to make the SR progress system feel more streamlined and predictable, which is exactly what you want in a ranked mode.

After suffering a brief delay, Call of Duty: Vanguard's Ranked Play Beta went live on Feb. 18, 2022.

At launch, there are seven Skill Divisions in total, and each Skill Division has five Tiers within it. Each Season, players will compete in five Skill Evaluation placement matches to earn a starting SR and Skill Division ranking.

With each match won, players will earn SR Points towards higher Skill Tiers and Divisions. Winning has the biggest impact on how much SR players receive per match, however, their personal performance is factored in as well.

At the end of each season, all SR and Divisions are reset and players will have to compete in a new set of five Skill Evaluation placement matches.