Riot Games announced the upcoming changes for Valorant's ranked ladder and its inner workings and one of them is that players will need to be closer skill-wise in order to queue up together.
Act III of Valorant will be kicking in on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. There will be several major changes to ranked that will accompany the new arrival, such as the fact that skill disparity between players will need to be tighter if they want to play together.
Currently, players need to be within six tiers of each other in order to have the ability to go ranked together but this will be halved in Act III. With three tiers between players, games should feel a bit more in harmony as matchmaking will not be all over the place anymore.
Speaking of troubled matchmaking, Riot is well aware of the problems with the peak of the ladder where not many players can reside which causes their queues to be extremely long and possibly mismatched. One of the ways to combat this issue is apparently to switch rating gains and losses in Immortal and higher ranks to being based exclusively on winning or losing .
Furthermore, players will be able to set their preferred servers now, which should help with ping issues. Choosing servers closer to one's region will yield better latency but they will not be guaranteed to play on that particular server. The chance of playing there will increase though.
In other words, high ping will still sometimes be an issue but not nearly as often as it is now.