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17 Valorant weapons revealed in gameplay preview trailer

Published: 2/Mar/2020 10:32 Updated: 2/Mar/2020 12:21

by David Purcell

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Riot Games have finally released the first gameplay preview for Valorant, formerly known as Project A, and a number of brand new weapons have been spotted already. 

The game developers have revealed that their next major project is going to be made available in Summer 2020, leaving those who can’t wait to play it sniffing around for any information they can get about how things will work in the game – and weapons will play a huge part in that learning curve.

While an official list and breakdown of guns and items haven’t been unveiled just yet, a fair few have been spotted in the trailer, giving us an idea of what’s to come from potentially the next big first-person shooter.


Riot posted an alpha gameplay preview on March 1 to the Valorant YouTube channel, insisting that a lot could still change in the period between then and release, but just like many trailers of this type, a number of new weapons were staring us right in the face. So, let’s break them down.

Valorant weapons list: What we know so far

Straight off the bat, we’re introduced to a full set of guns, all of which have been given names. Whether or not these titles will stick it out for the launch of Valorant remains to ben see, but here’s what we could see for a split second.

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17 weapons were revealed in total for Valorant, and the trailer even gave us information on three abilities too.

As seen in the screenshot above, we now know the potential names for 17 of the game’s weapon list. It’s unclear as to whether or not this is the complete list or just a section of it, at this stage, but there’s a fair bit to talk about with this alone. There is also a tactical knife for players to use, too.

There are five sidearms, with primaries including: two submachine guns, two shotguns, four rifles, two snipers and two heavy pieces of weaponry. A full list of which can be found below.

What weapons are in Valorant?

Pistols:

  • Classic
  • Shorty
  • Frenzy
  • Ghost
  • Sheriff

SMGs: 

  • Stinger
  • Spectre

Shotguns: 

  • Bucky
  • Judge

Rifles: 

  • Bulldog
  • Guardian
  • Phantom
  • Vandal

Snipers: 

  • Marshal
  • Operator

Heavy: 

  • Ares
  • Odin

Closer look at Valorant’s weapons

Some weapons were showcased more than others in the trailer, however, giving us a better insight into how a few of them work.

The Vandal, seen below, takes up the majority of the gameplay footage and seems to have a decent rate of fire for a rifle.

Vandal weapon in Valorant
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The Vandal featured heavily in Riot Games’ first gameplay preview.

Aside from that, we also saw quite a bit of the Operator sniper rifle towards the end of the clip, and it looks like it’s going to be a bolt-action weapon in a similar vein to CS:GO’s iconic AWP.

Operator sniper in Valorant
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The Operator Sniper rifle in Valorant.

With that being said, will the other sniper – the Marshal – also be bolt-action or semi-automatic? We’ll have to wait and see, and that goes for many of the weapons we know about so far.

Valorant gameplay preview

If you haven’t yet seen the first footage revealed of Valorant gameplay, the trailer can be found below.


So, there you have it! Those are all of the weapons we could see in the first Valorant gameplay preview and hopefully as time goes by, we’ll be filled in on more each gun’s specifics by Riot Games.

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Valorant dev explains why kills aren’t the most important for ranking up

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:48

by Luke Edwards

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A Valorant dev has explained how the game’s ranking up system means kills are far from being the only factor in determining player’s ranks.

As it’s an FPS, you’d expect kills to be the undisputed most important part of the game; after all, the more heads you click, the more games you win, right?

Well, not quite. While players ranked at Immortal 3 and above have their ranks based purely on whether they win or lose a game, at lower levels you can still improve your ELO rating whether you win or not. This is because your performance has an influence – and performance isn’t all about kills.

A Valorant dev has explained why your level of performance can mean so much more than how many kills you pick up.

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In patch 1.11, which saw the introduction of Icebox, Riot adjusted the Combat Score system to factor in non-damaging assists.

Valorant dev explains why performance is not just kills

Valorant’s new Senior Competitive Designer EvrMoar explained how factors outside of kills impact players’ ranks.

“Performance isn’t just kills, it looks at things like assists, flashes, smokes, utility, entry fragging, etc. so players that play a supportive role also see performance % increases for playing utility,” they explained to players.

“Being the top killer doesn’t always mean you were the highest performer on your team.”

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Duelists like Jett have more raw killing ability than utility-based agents like Cypher.

In Valorant specifically, this makes sense. While on games like CS:GO, where every player starts the game with access to the same tools, putting more weight on kills in determining a player’s rank works, this doesn’t quite copy over to Valorant.

For example, it’s harder to compare the performance of a Jett player to the performance of a Cypher player is performance is based purely on kills.

If both players are of equal ability, it’s likely the Jett will frag out more due to her kit allowing more way of outdueling enemies in raw damage. Meanwhile, the Cypher player is likely to get fewer kills as his kit is centered more on providing information and utility for his team.

This means at ranks below Immortal, where individual performance plays a bigger part in determining where players are ranked, a multi-factored performance calculator means agents with more utility than raw killing ability aren’t completely ignored.