Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play: Release Date, Modes, Maps, Rewards & More

Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play is finally here, bringing intense 4v4 competition and a chance to prove your skills against the best. But before you jump in, let’s break down everything you need to know, from ranks and rewards to modes and restrictions.

Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play Release Date

Ranked Play will be available in Modern Warfare 3 on January 17, 2024, with the release of the Season 1 Reloaded patch.

Modes & Maps

Ranked Play features three intense CDL-approved modes: Search & Destroy, Hardpoint, and Control. Each mode has its own dedicated map pool, so strategize and master them all for maximum success.

For a detailed breakdown of maps associated with each mode, check out this guide.

Rules & Skill Divisions

Ranked Play is a 4v4 mode that is available to players who have reached level 55. In Ranked Play, you will play using the same settings, maps, and modes as the Call of Duty League (CDL). This means that certain weapons, Killstreaks, and Equipment are restricted, and friendly fire is enabled.

Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play
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Everyone starts in Bronze I, and by winning matches and earning Skill Rating (SR), you’ll climb through eight divisions: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Crimson, Diamond, Iridescent, and the coveted Top 250. Remember, each season starts fresh with a three-tier drop, and Diamond I is the highest you can start, giving everyone a chance to fight for the top ranks.


Victory brings sweet rewards! Just for participating, you’ll earn exclusive Weapon Stickers, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, Decals, and Loading Screens for reaching specific win milestones. But the real bragging rights come from climbing the ladder.

Participation Rewards:

  • Win 5 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

Exclusive Skill Division Rewards:

  • Bronze & Silver: Season 1 Emblem
  • Gold through Crimson: Operator Skins, Weapon Charms, and Animated Emblem rewards
  • Iridescent: “MWIII Season 1 Iridescent” animated Calling Card, Skill Division’s Operator Skins, Animated Emblem, and Weapon Charm rewards
  • Top 250: Exclusive Operator Skins, Weapon Charm, unique Animated Emblem and Calling Card
  • Number One: All of the above, and a one-of-a-kind Animated Emblem and Calling Card for the ultimate champion

So, are you ready to face the competition and etch your name in Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play history? Sharpen your skills, strategize with your squad, and claim your place among the best!