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4 things you might have missed in Valorant’s Sova teaser trailer

Published: 23/Mar/2020 16:14

by Andy Williams

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While Riot Games gave fans a sneak peek into another Valorant Agent during their March 19 Sova trailer, there might have been a few tidbits of information that you missed.

Riot have continued their weekly pattern of releasing information pertaining to their characters, and this time it’s their Russian Agent, Sova, who’s stepped into the limelight.

Sova’s teaser trailer showcased two of the recon expert’s abilities, alongside some of their in-game quips, and a glance (albeit brief) at Valorant’s mysterious Agent, Omen.

Valorant's Omen. This is our first full view of Omen, who was eliminated by Jett in Sova’s teaser trailer.

More to Sova’s Owl Drone than meets the eye

There is plenty more that can be learned from our look at Sova’s scouting abilities, though. And with a little help from one of the game’s alpha playtesters, Qwixzo, we can begin to dissect the trailer. Firstly, when a player lands a dart from their Owl Drone on an enemy, the location of that enemy is revealed to all of Sova’s teammates.

Secondly, the YouTuber breaks down the HUD which Sova players will need to get to grips with. Positioned at nine o’clock is the health status of the drone (meaning that it can be destroyed by the enemy).

At six o’clock is the remaining flight time of the drone, while at three o’clock is the number of bolts left to use (appears to be two, per the trailer footage). After revealing the location of the enemy Jett, Sova peeks the corner with their Operator sniper rifle and lands a clean shot.

Sova’s Recon Bolt can wall-bounce?

Third, the Russian Agent then pulls out their Recon Bolt, which requires a charge by holding down the left mouse button. Per Qwixzo, the amount of charge you give the arrow dictates how far you can shoot it.

Finally, the solar emitter can bounce off of a number of walls, which can be done by pressing down the right mouse button. Given the power of the recon bolt, the enemy Sage immediately destroyed the arrow. But this proved too late, as a solar ping already dispersed through the map — revealing Sage’s location.

What’s perhaps most alarming about the Sova trailer is that the Agent failed to use two of their abilities: Shock Bolt (an explosive bolt that emits a damaging pulse of static energy) and Hunter’s Fury.

The latter ability (Sova’s Ultimate) could prove to be the most devastating, as it equips the character with the power to shoot three deadly energy blasts across the map, which deal heavy damage to enemies while revealing their location.

Of course, this is yet to be showcased in any clips, so we’ll have to wait until Riot unveils more on the Russian recon specialist.

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Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos

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Smurfs in Valorant are increasingly becoming more of a problem. With it being free to make an account, and the conditions for ranked being easy to hit, smurfs are swarming the ladder. Riot are introducing new measures to hopefully curb their impact though.

The smurfs have Valorant’s ranked system all figured out. With no leaderboard to grind for yet, once you hit a high rank and the queue times get long, all you have to do is start a new account, AFK or surrender 20 unrated games in a row, and you’ll be back in the queues in no time.

20 games might sound like forever, but when you’re practically hands-off keyboard for the entire run, it’s a small price to pay to restart the grind. However, it makes the experience unenjoyable for the nine other players in every game on the way up.

Sova standing in Bind defender spawn in Valorant
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Valorant smurfs have been AFKing in spawn for 20 unrated games to unlock their accounts for ranked play.

In the unrated games, it sucks constantly playing 4v5. When the smurfs hit ranked, they’re often miles better than the players they are matched against early. It ruins the game for hundreds of people for every account made.

Riot is aware of this issue, and is looking at closing the loophole in patch 1.14. They want to at least make smurfs work for their alternate accounts by forcing them to win games, not just play them.

“You’ll notice that we are implementing an update in 1.14 that changes the requirements to unlock ranked mode to ‘games won’ rather than ‘games played.’ We hope this will force players who are just spam farming matches to actually participate in play and strive for wins,” developer Sara Dadafshar said in the latest Ask Valorant.

This is coming as Riot launch a mutli-pronged attack on AFK punishments. Queue cooldowns are no longer enough, with Riot considering rank penalties, and even bans, for players who consistently AFK in their games.

“We’re looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

“We want to distinguish between disruptive behaviors that stem from comms and gameplay, and then penalize accordingly.”

They are also keeping their eyes on “intentionally feeding” players, who are just losing 20 games in a row to get their accounts ranked-ready. Riot urged players to report any players that are doing this, as it’ll most likely lead to punishments.