How to Unlock Ranked Play in MW3

how to unlock ranked play in mw3

So, you fancy yourself as a skilled competitor in Modern Warfare 3, do you? Well, it’s time to step up to the plate and prove your talents in Ranked Play, the most challenging, competitive mode in Modern Warfare 3. This is where the best players flex their in-game skills, playing with a ruleset that matches the top-tier esports tournament, the Call of Duty League. In this guide, we’re breaking down how to unlock ranked play in MW3.

When Is Ranked Play Coming to MW3?

Ranked Play will be landing in Modern Warfare 3 on January 17, 2024. Its launch coincides with the release of the Season 01 Reloaded update, and it’s something that players have been waiting for since the game launched in November 2023.

In Ranked Play, players are tasked with completing matches across a restricted range of maps and modes, and with limited weapons, attachments, perks, and killstreaks. It features just Search and Destroy, Hardpoint, and Control, and it’s a much tougher playlist than your standard multiplayer modes.

Ranked Play puts players through their paces, that’s for sure.

How to Unlock Ranked Play in MW3

If you want to learn how to play Ranked Play in MW3, you’ll first need to reach LL55. That’s not such a huge ask, as you can play either Warzone, Zombies, or standard multiplayer matches to get there. If you throw on some double XP tokens and grind the game, you’ll be there in just a few hours.

Once you’ve hit Level 55, you’ll unlock access to the Ranked Play menu. Typically, you’ll need to complete a few matches to earn your placement, which will decide the level of players you should be matched against. This is a rank that can change over time, and you’ll drop down the leaderboards if you lose matches – but you’ll rise if you win.

This is the start of your competitive journey. Note: when every new season arrives, you’ll need to ‘re-place’ in Ranked Play, as the progress isn’t carried across seasons.

Have fun out there!

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