August 1 CSGO patch resets all player ranks with matchmaking fix

. Last update: August 02, 2022

CS:GO is once again undergoing a major ranking reset after Valve made “several changes to the competitive matchmaking algorithm” in the game’s August 1 patch. All players will need to win a game to see their new rank, which probably changed a few levels.

in-game matchmaking queues of CS:GO, especially for competition, are considered a bit of a meme. The matchmaker can often struggle to find balanced plays, and player ranks are often skewed downwards.

This is not helped by the presence of third-party programs like FACEIT or ESEA which often remove highly competitive players from public queues.

However, Valve is trying to entice players to push for Global Elite in CS:GO by making major adjustments to competitive matchmaking in the game. In doing so, everyone has had their ranks reset somewhat.

“Usually when we ship changes to the CS:GO matchmaking system, the adjustments are small enough that we don’t include them in our release notes,” the developers told players on August 1. “However, today’s update affects all CS:GO players, so it needs some explaining.”

“When you launch CS:GO you will notice that your skill group is not displayed – you will need to win one more match to reveal your skill group. Most of you will notice a change in your skill group, but some of you may find that you were already in the right place.

Although Valve hasn’t specified the exact matchmaking changes ⁠ – only that there have been “several changes to the competitive matchmaking algorithm” ⁠ – players are hoping this can fix some of the issues with how rankings are biased.

This isn’t the first drastic reset of the CS:GO leaderboard either. Valve advanced one very early in the game’s existence after players found themselves with very inflated ranks. Since this adjustment, players have been very heavily skewed towards Silver and Gold Nova.

To know exactly where you will land, you need to win a competitive game. After that, your new skill group will be revealed.

In addition to the matchmaking changes, Valve also updated the canons on Ember as part of August 1st CS:GO Patch. You can find the full notes below.

August 1 CSGO Patch Notes



  • Cannon Changes
    • Changed the angle the North Cannon faces
    • Cannons can now be aimed upwards and are now 2x faster
    • Now have 3 fire speeds (change with mouse2)
    • Reduced inaccuracy multiplier
    • Killfeed now shows weapon icon
    • Produce beefy screen shake and more particle effects
    • The base model now also runs
    • Added damage reduction to cannonballs after their initial collision
    • Fixed being able to get away from the cannon and maintain control
    • Fixed cannons continuing to spin when no longer in use
  • Bus added to bus stop outside industry


  • Multiple changes to the competitive matchmaking algorithm, which will require recalibration of skill groups for accuracy. Your skill group will not be visible until you win your next match.
  • In-game instructor should now properly reload the saved state if disabled and re-enabled.
  • Game Instructor floating hints are disabled in competitive matches.


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