Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Overview

Do you feel like you’re the cream of the crop when it comes to online Call of Duty players? Well, Advanced Warfare has a place where you can prove your skills to the world. It’s a playlist called Rank Play. It’s designed for more competitive players and teams that want to show everyone just how badass they are.

Advanced Warfare Ranked Play

Ranked Play Rules

So, just how does this playlist work? Well, it matches you and/or your teammates with similarly skilled players in 4v4 competitive matches. Each match consists of an objective-based gametype such as Hardpoint or Capture the Flag. These game modes work exactly like the standard playlist equivalent but have eSports settings enabled.

eSports rules vary a bit depending on what gametype you’re playing. Below we’ve provided a breakdown of the general settings that apply to every match and then the specific rules that apply to each gametype that is played.

NOTE: We will be providing full coverage of BO3 competitive gaming as well. We’ve already developed an awesome Black Ops 3 guide that will help gamers dominate in multiplayer. More coming soon.

General Settings

Here are the general settings that are in use for every Ranked Play match:

  • Pre-Match Timer: 15 Seconds
  • Pre-Round Timer: 5 seconds
  • Map Dynamic Events: Enabled
  • Map-Specific Scorestreaks: Enabled
  • Team Switching: Enabled (Available to Spectators only, spectator cameras are set to first-person view)
  • Killcams: Enabled
  • Mini-Map: Normal
  • Battle Chatter: Disabled
  • Announcer: Enabled
  • Force Respawn: Enabled
  • Wave Span Delay: None
  • Suicide Penalty: None
  • Team Kill Penalty: None
  • Hardcore Mode: Disabled
  • Health: Normal
  • Health Regeneration: Normal
  • Friendly Fire: Enabled
  • Explosive Delay: None
  • Scorestreak Delay: 10 seconds
  • Class Selections Allowed: 13

These rules are consistent with those seen in Ranked Play matches. You can, however, practice with friends, teammates, and other individuals in custom private matches with the above settings on to get used to how matches are played.

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Gametype Settings

The settings listed below are applied to each specific gametype. These vary slightly depending on what kind of game it is.


  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 250 Points
  • Activation Delay: None
  • Location Order: Normal
  • Respawn Delay: 2.5 Seconds
  • Maps Played: Bio Lab, Detroit, Retreat, Solar

Search & Destroy

  • Round Length: 1.5 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 6 Rounds
  • Bomb Timer: 45 Seconds
  • Plant Time: 5 Seconds
  • Defuse Time: 7.5 Seconds
  • Multi Bomb: Disabled
  • Round Switch: Every Round
  • Silent Plant: Enabled
  • Number of Lives: 1
  • Maps Played: Bio Lab, Detroit, Recovery, Riot, Solar, Terrace


  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 20 Points
  • Satellite Count: 1
  • Carrier Armor: Normal
  • Carry Score: 2 Points
  • Throw Score: 1 Point
  • Reset Time: 15 Seconds
  • Respawn Delay: 5 Seconds

Capture the Flag

  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Capture Limit: Unlimited
  • Winning Condition: Flag Captures
  • Flag Auto-Return: 15 Seconds
  • Pick Up Time: None
  • Enemy Carrier Kill Icon: Delayed
  • Respawn Delay: 5 Seconds

Again, these settings can be applied to private matches for practice.

Loadout Restrictions

As with most competitive-style game modes, Ranked Play does feature some restrictions when it comes to class setups. Below we’ve listed the items you can’t equip to a class for this playlist.



  • Grenade Launcher is Prohibited
  • Akimbo is Not Allowed
  • Tracker Attachment Not Allowed

Exo Launcher

  • No Tracking Drones Allowed
  • No Explosive Drones Allowed

Wild Cards

  • Cannot Equip Bombardier


  • UAV is Not Allowed
  • Orbital Care Package is Not Allowed
  • System Hack is Prohibited

Scorestreak Mods

  • Care Package Module for Bombing Run Not Allowed
  • Recon Module for Goliath Not Allowed
  • No Support Modules Are Allowed

Exo Abilities

  • Ping is Prohibited

Ranked Play Divisions

For each season of Ranked Play gamers will be able to compete for spots within 7 different divisions. These divisions represent overall player skill and also determine the opponents you’ll face off against.

 Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Divisions

Here are the divisions in descending order:

  • Grand Master (Reserved for Top 100 Overall Players)
  • Master
  • Diamond
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

In order to climb the ranks and reach higher tier divisions players have to participate in Ranked Play games during the season (generally 3-4 weeks long) and win matches. Every win will give players a set amount of points that contribute to their division rank. If you lose a match, however, you will lose points.

Generally speaking, if you win a match you’ll typically be awarded 15 to 25 points. Losing a match will deduct roughly 10 to 20 points each time. Each division has a total of 100 points. Once you reach 100 points you’ll be required to participate in a Division Promotion Challenge where you have to win enough matches (2-3 out of 3) to get promoted to the next tier.

Ranked Play Division Gear

The developers at Sledgehammer Games have gone above and beyond the call of duty (ha, punny!) to give players even more incentive to participate in this competitive game mode. On top of getting a fancy division title players will also receive a special set of gear that represents the division they’re in.

 Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Division Gear

These gear items vary wildly in style from fairly basic to incredibly extravagant. The most interesting of which is the Grand Master gear we mentioned a while back. This particular set is given only to the top 100 players overall. So, in order to get it, you’ll truly have to be the best of the best.

Ranked Play Seasons

As mentioned above, Ranked Play is setup to be played in seasons. The first season is set to begin on January 9th and extends through January 31st. Following season dates have not been announced but will be posted on this page once the information is available.

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  1. Rank is bs I played 2 out of the three games needed to go into platinum and It booted me to bronze division

    1. that happened to me too, 3 times now.

      1. they need to fix it

  2. @Kimo Okamoto -I agree with you totally bro they’ve to fix whatever bugs or problems that we as the gaming community are receiving on “Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare” immediately! It’s not fair for us to struggle climbing the ladder to Diamond to just be booted all the way back to Bronze! That my friends is unjust and completely unfair to each and every one of us as a Call Of Duty Franchise contributor..

  3. Armour not coming on time some pple got their armour and I didn’t get it

    1. I honestly just got armor I should have had 6 months ago today.

  4. Honestly i always find it hard to get out of bronze because i get matched with diamond players and always get dropped to 10 points.

  5. practice don’t start competing with the best till you are ready prepare yourself then you will be able to compete with diamond. also patients you will get no where with out it so get to know your weapons there strengths and weaknesses hint: gun game

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