Note 1: I think this question is the same for csgo or valorant, but if you want I can double ask this question, 1 for each game. It'll have the same answers anyway I believe. Up to you. To avoid such closure you may assume this is csgo. (And treat 'Gold 3' as 'Gold Nova 3'.)
Is it impossible (except I guess when the game was 1st released) to be Gold 3 without having won or drawn against an opposing team where at least 1 player was (at the time) peak-ranked at least Gold 2?
If someone, call this person Alice, has a certain rank X at time T then, among all the opponents in all the games Alice has played up to time T (excluding possible ongoing games), where the result was win or draw for Alice, at least 1 person should have at least peak-rank X-1 (as of the start of the game) right?
- I mean I think Alice can't be, say, Gold 3 on 2022Jan01 12am and then ALL Alice's opponents in ALL Alice's games up to 2021Dec31 11:59pm (excluding a possible ongoing game that passes through 2021Dec31 11:59pm - 2021Jan01 12am), where the result was win or draw for Alice, were ALL Gold 1 or lower.
Note 2: If it makes a difference, then you may answer
for the cases of then peak-ranked Gold 2 or higher (but may be ranked lower at the time) vs of then-ranked Gold 2 or higher (but may have been ranked higher before)
for the cases of all players that Alice's team won or drew against were Gold 1 or lower vs of all players that Alice's team played against (including possibly lost against) were Gold 1 or lower
Looks like 4 possible cases total (8 if you do the 4 cases for each of the 2 games), but I don't think it really matters.