Below is Total CS:GO's list of all ranks in CS:GO matchmaking, with rank distributions and percentages. Our rank percentage data is automatically updated every hour. Click on the name of a rank to view more information it, including other names it is called, how good it is and more.
The rank group that currently contains the most players is Gold Nova III.
Below is Total CS:GO's rank table, ordered from lowest (Silver I) to highest (Global Elite). List includes rank names and the percentage of the playerbase in each rank. Updated hourly (2018).
|Rank Icon||Rank Name||Percentage of Players|
|Silver Elite Master||7.78%|
|Gold Nova I||8.76%|
|Gold Nova II||8.79%|
|Gold Nova III||9.05%|
|Gold Nova Master||8.08%|
|Master Guardian I||7.55%|
|Master Guardian II||6.61%|
|Master Guardian Elite||5.24%|
|Distinguished Master Guardian||4.15%|
|Legendary Eagle Master||3.2%|
|Supreme Master First Class||2.64%|
Below is a bar chart that shows how the ranks in CS:GO are distributed.
Below is a pie chart of the distributions of ranks in CS:GO, ordered (clockwise) by lowest to highest.
The CS:GO ranking system can be a confusing topic to tackle for new players to the game. You start off without a rank, and after a set number of matchmaking you’ll receive one relating to your skill. But what exactly does this rank mean? What decided it, and where can you go from there?
In this detailed guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about CS:GO ranks including a list of all 18 ranks in the game and what you can do to rank up quicker. Use the buttons below to quickly jump to a section that you need help with:
Starting things off at the beginning is how to get your first rank in CS:GO matchmaking. To get your rank, you first need to be level 2 to queue for competitive. You can increase your level by playing the more casual game modes in CS:GO such as deathmatch and casual. Doing so will equip new players with the basic skills they need to play in the more serious matchmaking.
Once you’re level 2, you need to win 10 games of matchmaking to be placed into a rank. While you’re collecting these wins you’ll be classed as unranked. After you’ve won those 10 games, you’ll have earned your first rank. This will usually be somewhere on the lower rungs of the list of ranks, but could be higher if you’ve played some form of Counter-Strike before.
Silver I is the lowest rank you can receive, and The Global Elite is the highest rank in the game. From that you can see the flow of how the rank system works in CS:GO.
There’s no set time where you should earn any of the ranks. Generally speaking, though, beginner players should be somewhere in the Silver ranks, intermediate players should be high Gold Nova/low Master Guardian, and experienced players should be anywhere from Legendary Eagle to Global Elite.
Above is an image of all 18 ranks in the game.
Ranking up in CS:GO is simple, though the algorithm behind it isn’t. To put it plainly, the more matchmaking games you win the faster you’ll rank up. As you’d expect though, there is more that goes into it than just that. Here is what will influence the speed in which you rank up.
This is what affects your rank in CS:GO, but what can you do to ensure you rank up quickly?
Well, the best way to rank up fast is to take the time to practise and hone your game. This means instead of jumping into match after match, take some time between them.
If you're stuck in a "rank plateau" (unable to move up in the rankings for a long time), or just want to progress through the ranks at a faster rate than you currently are, we have a collection of tips and suggestions to help you rank up.
Playing with a friends in a party is a great way to assure that your teammates cooperate and want to win. Starting a solo game, or game with just a single friend, is like playing Russian Roulette - but instead of a bullet firing from a gun, it's whether or not you're queued with a griefer, bad player, or player who doesn't want to play with your team.
By playing with your friends, you can assure that everyone has a microphone and wants to play with the team. You can employ strategies like rushes and executes together, and won't have people running out onto bombsites alone with the bomb on terrorist side!
Often after losing a game, players immediately rush into another game straight after out of frustration, and hope to win back their lost elo. This is bad because you play a lot worse when frustated (you are less patient, more likely to annoy your teammates, less focused), and also (most imporantly) because you haven't worked out what went wrong in the last game.
Instead of playing another game straight after losing a game, take a short break from competitive matches to work out what went wrong in the previous match. You can do this by watching back your game demo via the "Watch" option from the main menu. Below are some things you might realise went wrong in the previous game, and pointers/advice to improve:
Everyone has a favorite map on CS:GO. One where they know a few more strats than they do for other maps, or a few more smoke lineups. It only makes sense then that if you’re trying to rank up as fast as possible then you should play these maps the majority of the time.
Even better, if you’re a master of one of the maps the community doesn’t play as often like Cobblestone or Train, then you’ll likely be playing against players who don’t know the map quite as well. This is just another small thing you can do to ensure you get the most matchmaking wins possible where you shine as much possible, thus accelerating your climbing of the CS:GO ranking system.
Even after thousands of hours, players are still far from mastering CS:GO. There are lots of different aspects and skills required to be good at Counter-Strike (or any FPS), but there are a few crucial skills that you need to practice. Two of those skills are training your aim and practicing smoke grenades.
Aim is an important, perhaps even the most important, skill a player can have. Every role in the game requires a reasonable ability to aim in order to succeed. Entry-fraggers have to have amazing aim to out-aim players on bombsites, support players have to have good aim to trade the entry fraggers out, and lurkers have to have good aim to kill players in unexpected parts of the map.
There are many ways to train your aim, here are just a few:
Would a football player play with incorrectly sized studs? Or, a tennis player play without the perfect racket? No! There are lots of optimizations, changes, and personalized adjustments you can make to greatly improve your game and peripheral setup.
Firstly, make sure that you have HRTF enabled in your audio settings. HRTF allows you to better hear where sound comes from - this comes in especially handy when pinpointing footsteps that you're not too sure of the exact location of.
Everyone has different optimal mouse settings, but there are a few things you can do to help find those optimal settings:
Most graphics settings don't make all that much difference to how the game plays out, but a few can completely hinder your ability to play well. Here are our graphics settings tips: