Updated on January 19, 10:25 a.m. (GMT+8): Updated release date and time.

The much-awaited Ranked Play is finally coming to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 with the launch of Season 1 Reloaded.

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Here’s everything you need to know about MW3 Ranked Play, including its release date, modes, maps, and rewards.

What is MW3 Ranked Play?

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Ranked Play is the competitive 4v4 Multiplayer playlist that allows you to play like pros, using the same settings, maps, and modes as the Call of Duty League (CDL).

Players can access Ranked Play when they reach level 55. All unrestricted gameplay items are unlocked in this mode.

However, some weapons, killstreaks, equipment, and gameplay content are restricted in ranked matches to match CDL rules. Additionally, friendly fired is enabled.

MW3 Ranked Play release date and time

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Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play finally goes live on January 18, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) following a launch delay.

For the other time zones, see list below.

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Mountain Time (MT)11:30 a.m.
Central Time (CT)12:30 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET)1:30 p.m.
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC)6:30 p.m.
Central European Time (CET)7:30 p.m.
Eastern European Time (EET)8:30 p.m.
Indian Standard Time (IST)12 p.m.
China Standard Time (CST)
Singapore Time (SGT)
2:30 a.m. (January 19)
Japan Standard Time (JST)3:30 a.m. (January 19)
Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)5:30 a.m. (January 19)

Initially, Ranked Play was set to start along with the arrival of Season 1 Reloaded on January 17.

However, Activision decided to postpone its launch due to a “critical issue”.

MW3 Ranked Play modes and maps

Here are the modes and maps available in Ranked Play.

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  • CDL Search & Destroy: No respawning; 1.5-minute round timer
  • CDL Hardpoint: 5-minute time limit; 250 score limit; 60-second objective rotation
  • CDL Control: 30 lives per team; 1.5-minute time limit; 3-round win limit


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MW3 Rank and Skill Division

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In Modern Warfare 3, rank and skill division are two different categories.

You rank represents your Ranked Career, since it is permanent and persists across seasons. All players start from Rank 1. Winning matches give you stars to rank up.

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Meanwhile, skill divisions rate players based on their skill in a particular season. You can advance through the following eight skill divisions by earning skill rating (SR) depending on your personal and team performance.

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Crimson
  • Iridescent
  • Top 250

In subsequent seasons, you will be dropped back three tiers, with Diamond I being the highest skill division that you can start with in a new season.

MW3 Ranked Play rewards

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Season and skill division rewards are up for grabs in Ranked Play.

Season 1 rewards

  • Win five matches: “MWIII Season 1 Competitor” weapon sticker
  • Win 10 matches: “Pro Issue Gutter Knife” weapon blueprint
  • Win 20 matches: “Script Writer” weapon charm
  • Win 30 matches: “Built Different” large decal
  • Win 40 matches: “MWIII Ranked Play Season 1” loading screen
  • Win 50 matches: “MWIII Season 1 Ranked Veteran” weapon camo

Season 1 skill division rewards

  • Bronze and Silver: “Season 1” emblem
  • Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Crimson: Ranked Play–themed operator skins, weapon charm, emblem
  • Iridescent: Calling card, operator skins, weapon charm, emblem
  • Top 250 (ranked 2 to 250): Top 250 operator skins, calling card, operator skin, weapon charm, emblem
  • Top 1: One-of-a-kind animated emblem and calling card, Top 250 operator skins, weapon charm

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