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Absurd Valorant ‘runboost’ trick lets Jett launch allies across the map

Published: 12/May/2020 7:44 Updated: 12/May/2020 9:22

by Brad Norton

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Valorant players have uncovered a ridiculous ‘runboost’ movement trick that allows Jett to launch her teammates across huge chunks of any given map.

Tactical movement is key in Riot’s new FPS. Peeking around a corner at the wrong moment or sprinting through the middle of the map could cost you a round.

However, a new trick involving Jett appears to buck all trends and throw caution to the wind. Here’s how you can launch your teammates across the map in Valorant.

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Jett’s unique movement abilities have a surprising benefit.

While jumping in front of an allied Jett as she activates her Tailwind ability, Agents can be sent forward with a great deal of momentum.

From the moment barriers drop at the beginning of a round, this surprising interaction can boost players straight towards enemies.

If your reactions are on point, you can keep the momentum going forward with pinpoint bunny hops. Allowing you to zoom around corners and aggressively push through choke-points like never before.

There’s an expected timing that comes along with attacking teams. A few seconds after each round begins, players are often lining up their sights and holding a certain angle.

Very rarely would anyone have the reaction speeds to adjust their aim and snap onto a Jett-boosted enemy. There’s simply no other way to match this movement in Valorant.

While the unexpected play could land you a few early picks, it will leave you out in the open. Don’t expect any supporting fire or healing from teammates for at least a few seconds after the crazy burst of speed.

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You can easily boost through to Haven’s garage using this trick.

The term ‘runboost’ was popularized in Counter-Strike as players stand atop one another to gain increased movement. While Valorant does take inspiration from Valve’s FPS title in many ways, there’s no telling if this similar Jett boost is intended or not.

Perhaps it will be patched out in the near future. Or, maybe it’s here to stay as some high-level tech for Jett-mains. Here are 15 of our own tricks that you can employ to help rank up in Valorant’s competitive playlist.

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Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.