After the release of the patch, users have lost their ranks, and to get it back, you need to have one victory. Developers say that players need to undergo recalibration for the correct system operation, and most nerds will have a lower rank. Rank changes are made regularly, but unlike the current patch, in most cases, they are not so significant to talk about them separately. However, today's update affects all players, so some explanation is required.
When you start CS: GO, you'll see that your rank is not displayed - you'll need to win one more match to get it again. Most will see their rank change, but some will be in the right place. For several years, CS:GO ranking system has been visibly broken, affecting different regions in different ways. In North America, more than 50% of players are in the silver rankings. This means that gamers can set up CS:GO for the first time, get paired with the lowest-ranked players, and encounter one-sided smokes, flares, and other advanced techniques without qualifying as «smurf».
The problem is so serious that even the highest-ranked players fall into the average category. Former CS:GO professional player, and current star streamer Michael «shroud» Grzesiek was recently promoted to Gold Nova 4, a rank that in theory should be given to the most mediocre players. CS:GO fans have spoken out about the recent update, which redesigned the ranking system in the shooter. Some users have shared the results of the recalibration in Twitter posts. One of the fans noticed that the ratio of wins and losses now plays not the most important role in determining the rank. According to the gamer, he and his friend constantly played together and had approximately the same difference, but with the update, his teammate was promoted from Master Guardian to Global Elite, while the narrator himself did not receive a promotion.
Many users also reported significant promotions. Some fans went from «silver» ranks to Legendary Eagle or higher thanks to the new system. The main point of the update is to equalize the ranks of the different regions. In NA, they used to be much lower than world ranks. Now they are boosted. CSGO has long been in need of a massive update of the matchmaking system, and the new release is supposed to fix the situation.
«Usually, when we make changes to the CS:GO player selection system, the adjustments are so minimal that we don't include them in our releases. However, today's update affects all CSGO players, so it requires clarification... Most of you will notice a change in your skill group», - said the organization in a blog on the official website.
The update about the recalibration of competitive ranks comes just days after the wave of mass bans in July 2022.
From July 23 to 30, Valve has blocked more than ten thousand accounts in CS:GO. Statistics published on the site ConVar, which tracks nearly 9 million accounts in the shooter. Game developers have not commented on the situation. Last CS: GO ban wave took place from July 14-18. Then Valve has banned more than 8,000 users.
In May 2022, it was reported that the developers of the shooter updated the anti-cheater neural network VACnet. It allows you to look for cheaters based on patterns and features in their behavior. While it remains to be seen exactly how Valve changed the game in this update, the community seems to have been pleased. For a long time, players had asked Valve to fix the player matching system, complaining that they were often matched up with higher or lower ranked players.