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What’s the most common rank in CS2? It’s not what you think

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Players may think that competitive mode Counter-Strike 2 is simple to rank up in, but the most common CS2 rank proves that isn’t the case.

With the release of CS2 in 2023, Valve changed many rules, including how ranks worked. Instead of an overall rank that depicts player skill, the game now requires players to grind across all maps to get an exclusive rank badge for each location. This change aimed to force serial Dust 2 and Mirage players to get out of their comfort zones and prove their mettle in all CS2 maps. However, progressing in ranked mode was much harder than the players expected, as most found themselves stuck in lower levels for months on end.

It turns out rank progress wasn’t acting as intended, as a new update has allowed players to level up much faster and gain decent ranks. But it has also proved that CS2’s ranked mode is a tough nut to crack as Global Elite still eludes all players.

What’s the most common rank in CS2?

In 2024, Gold Nova is the most common rank in CS2 with the vast majority between Silver Elite Master and Gold Nova Master.

On June 25, Valve updated the requirements to unlock ranks, and Leetify shared the latest CS2 rank distribution reflecting these changes. According to the data site, the new stats are based on average rank across all maps from June 25 to June 2. While this timeframe may not be sufficient to claim that reaching the Global Elite rank is impossible, it does provide enough evidence to demonstrate the typical skill level of most CS2 players.

CS2 rank percentile most common

Over half of CS2 players are at the Gold Nova level, 54.3% to be precise. Gold Nova 1 is the most populous tier in the main rank, with 14.6% of players. As the ranks go up, the player population appears to go down, and it becomes very quiet at the Supreme Master First Class and GE levels.

Perhaps the CS2 rank distribution will start to look more scattered in the upcoming days as a few players manage to make the cut for SMFC. Still, it’s clear that ranked play is no walk in the park. Regardless, players are thrilled with the update, which has finally helped them escape the Silver ranks after being stuck there for almost a year.

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