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How CS Rating Works in Counter-Strike 2

What Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) players need to know about the new CS Rating system for Premier Mode.
How CS Rating Works in Counter-Strike 2

With Counter-Strike 2, Valve has created a new, accurate CS Rating system, accompanied by Leaderboards for players to compete in. This all-new rating system is a breath of fresh air for gamers who have disliked CS:GO's ELO. 

In this article, we will explain what the CS Rating system is in Counter-Strike 2, how you can earn points, and the requirements, so let's jump in.

CS Rating Counter-Strike 2 System Requirements

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In this example, a player has earned CS Rating points for winning a Premier Mode match in Counter-Strike 2. (Picture: Valve)

You can only earn CS Rating in Premier Mode. This is the top competitive mode, where players can earn CS Rating and climb the regional/global leaderboards. You can play it solo or with a group of friends. 

It is important to note that only those with Prime Status and who play Premier Mode matches are eligible for display on the public CS2 Leaderboards.

The outcome of your Premier Mode matches will drive a new, precise Counter-Strike (CS) Rating. This new CS Rating feeds seasonal leaderboards. Valve announced CS Rating, stating that:

Your CS Rating is a visible measurement of your Counter-Strike performance, and it will determine where you stand on global and regional leaderboards. To get your CS Rating, play matches in the updated Premier mode (our Active Duty Pick-Ban competitive mode) either on your own or with your friends.

Remember, the Premier Mode in Counter-Strike 2 also features the new match rule, MR12. Teams will swap sides after 12 rounds are played, and the match ends after 24 rounds of play. Six additional rounds of overtime are still active in case of a tie.

The exact number of points or scaling structure for CS Rating has not been revealed at the time of writing. Even so, it is still already in a much better place than CS:GO's ELO system and we can't wait to test it out for ourselves.

In case you've been living in some reactive smoke and haven't watched it yet, check out the exciting Counter-Strike 2 video below, entitled "Going Global," where Valve announces Premier Mode, Leaderboards, Inferno overhaul CS Rating!

That's everything we know so far about CS Rating in Counter-Strike 2. As more information becomes available, we will endeavor to update this article with the latest details, so stay tuned!