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Ranked Play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

An overview of how Ranked Play seasons work and how to earn Ranked Play rewards

With its overhauled Rank and Division system, greater emphasis on Skill Ratings, and more rewards, the latest edition of Ranked Play for Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II offers a streamlined online competitive experience for the most skilled and dedicated players.

Winning matches is the key to this revamped Rank system, offering more rewards and ranking opportunities for victories. In addition, the Rank system also introduces Skill Rating (SR), SR Forgiveness, and Demotion Protection.

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1. How does Ranked Play work?

Ranked Play is the official competitive 4v4 Multiplayer experience for Modern Warfare® II, using the official rules, restrictions, maps, and modes from the Call of Duty League. Whenever the Call of Duty League rules are updated, those changes will also be reflected within Ranked Play rules.

Check out the latest rules for the Call of Duty League.

Players must be at least Level 16 to access Ranked Play. All unrestricted items – including weapons and attachments – are automatically unlocked within this mode to ensure a level playing field for all players.

All Ranked Play matches will be played on a set list of modes and maps:

CDL Hardpoint

  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • Embassy
  • Mercado Las Almas
  • Zarqwa Hydroelectric

CDL Search & Destroy

  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • El Asilo
  • Embassy
  • Mercado Las Almas

CDL Control

  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • El Asilo
  • Himmelmatt Expo

2. What is Skill Rating (SR)?

Playing Ranked Play matches grants Skill Rating (SR), which is used to determine where players fall in one of the eight Skill Divisions:

  • Bronze: 0-899 SR
  • Silver: 900-2,099 SR
  • Gold: 2,100-3,599 SR
  • Platinum: 3,600-5,399 SR
  • Diamond: 5,400-7,499 SR
  • Crimson: 7,500-9,999 SR
  • Iridescent: 10,000 SR minimum
  • Top 250: 10,000+ SR

The Top 250

The 250 best players with the highest SR above 10,000 will place on the Top 250 Leaderboards. The Top 250 will be active at the beginning of each Season and start to fill as the best players climb above 10,000 SR and qualify for Leaderboard recognition.

To help keep track of your favorite CDL Pros who qualify for the Top 250 Leaderboard, each Pro who reaches the Top 250 Leaderboard will have their CDL team affiliation and player profile displayed on their ranking.

3. How do you earn Skill Rating (SR) to climb the Skill Divisions?

A player's Skill Rating (SR) is based mainly on the result of every match played: win the match to gain SR, or lose the match and lose SR. Individual performance and your team's overall performance will impact the amount of SR gained or lost each match. More emphasis will be placed on team performance within higher Skill Divisions to ensure all winning playstyles are appropriately rewarded.

Every Skill Division lower than Iridescent has three Tiers to progress through, giving players more milestones to reach as they progress through each Division.

Everyone will start as a Bronze Ranked player, which means you can play at any time and compete with everyone else across Ranked Play, without placement matches. This more straightforward overall experience excludes Ladders and Ladder Points, so you can focus on winning matches and gaining SR.

4. Can I party up with a squad to play Ranked Play matches?

You may bring up to three squadmates into matches if they fall within a certain Skill Division threshold, with the highest Skill Division in the party determining the restriction rules:

  • Iridescent (Including Top 250) & Crimson: Can party with players within 1 Skill Division
  • Diamond: Can party within 2 Skill Divisions
  • Bronze through Platinum: Can party up without any restrictions

5. How do Ranks work?

The Rank represents your cumulative progress in Ranked Play, starting at Rank 1 and going through Rank 50. You will earn a Star for each Ranked Play match win. Keep earning Stars to progress to the next Rank in your journey to Rank 50.

Every five Ranks awards a new symbol that appears in the color of your Skill Division, such as a Wolf for Ranks 11–15 or the Silverback Gorilla for Ranks 31–35. Unlike Skill Divisions, Ranks do not reset between Ranked Seasons.

Each win also counts toward a Seasonal Win Challenge, which will offer new rewards each Ranked Season.

6. How do Skill Divisions work from season to season?

Your highest Skill Division placement for the Season determines where you start for the next Season:

  • Bronze will start with Bronze Tier I.
  • Silver through Crimson players will start one Skill Division back with Demotion Protection enabled for their first three matches.
  • Iridescent and Top 250 players will start at the Diamond Tier I Skill Division with Demotion Protection enabled for several matches.

7. What is SR Forgiveness?

To help manage ranking issues that can arise from player disconnects, Ranked Play now includes SR Forgiveness.

Initially, a Ranked Play match will not start if a player in the lobby disconnects or quits, or if teams are uneven.

If a player disconnects or quits during a match, team members outside of that player's party will not lose Skill Rating (SR). For example, if that 4v4 becomes a 3v4 due to a teammate disconnecting or quitting, you can still earn SR if you overcome the disadvantage and win the match, but you will not lose SR for losing the match.

Like previous Ranked Play iterations, penalties and suspensions can be given to those who quit, disconnect, sit idle, or commit friendly fire too often. Players who show repeated bad behavior will be handed more severe punishments. The system used to evaluate repeated bad behavior has been overhauled in Modern Warfare II to punish bad actors and avoid harsh punishments for players who consistently play the game the right way, or who change their ways after being penalized or suspended more consistently.

8. What is Demotion Protection?

Demotion Protection is a new feature that helps players avoid falling back to their previous Skill Division after advancing to a new one. After reaching a new Skill Division, players will not lose any Skill Rating (SR) in the first three matches within the new Skill Division. Then, after the first three matches, if a player loses enough SR to fall back to their previous Skill Division, they must lose two consecutive matches to be demoted out of their Skill Division. Demotion Protection also applies to the first three matches of every Season.

9. How do I earn Ranked Play rewards?

Similar to how Skill Divisions are determined, your highest Skill Division placement for the Season determines what rewards you earn:

Winning a Ranked Play match also counts toward two other systems: your Rank and Seasonal Win Rewards.

10. What kind of rewards can I earn?

Skill Division Rewards

For Skill Division Rewards, it's not about where you finish the Season, but the highest Skill Division reached during it.

Reaching Bronze and Silver Ranks awards a new Emblem, while reaching any other Skill Division – including the Top 250 – grants two new special Operator Skins, an Animated Emblem, and a Weapon Charm. You can earn the other Skill Division rewards by finishing at a higher (or lower) Division in the following seasons.

Iridescent and Top 250 members also get an Animated Calling Card. The #1 Ranked Play player will receive a special, one-of-a-kind exclusive Animated Calling Card and Emblem, which can be considered the ultimate bragging rights from Ranked Play.


Seasonal Win Rewards

Whether you're in the Top 250 or have only ranked up a few times, there is plenty that comes with winning Ranked Play games to show off within Ranked Play, Modern Warfare II Multiplayer, or Warzone 2.0.

First, there are several Seasonal Win Rewards for the first Ranked Season, starting with a Sticker at five wins and a Pro Issue SMG Blueprint awarded at 10 wins. Additional rewards along this progression path include a Charm, Decal, and Loading Screen, all the way up to a Weapon Camo, which can be used on any weapon and is awarded after winning 100 matches.


Rank Rewards

Rank Rewards a new Calling Card every five Ranks as well as some additional, competitive-focused cosmetics, including:

  • Rank 5: "Ranked Competitor" Operator Skin Pack, one "Home" version and one "Away" version awarded for both the Male and Female CDL Operators.
  • Rank 15: Pro Issue Sidearm Blueprint, which has similar attachments to those used at the highest level of competitive play.
  • Rank 30: New Gun Screen that tracks Ranked Play wins.
  • Rank 40: Pro Issue Combat Knife Blueprint, another popular competitive Secondary weapon.
  • Rank 50: "Ranked Veteran" Operator Skins (Home and Away) awarded to Male and Female CDL Operators.

11. I didn't get a reward I earned though Ranked Play. What should I do?

If you are missing a Ranked Play reward that you earned, please try restarting the game and looking again. If your reward is still not showing up, please reach out to us for assistance.

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