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Aceu explains why he “can’t stand” Valorant’s ranked system

Published: 12/Aug/2020 10:16

by Jacob Hale

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Popular Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Aceu’ Winn has explained why he “can’t stand” the Valorant ranked system, which is making it hard for him to enjoy the game at all.

Once one of the top Apex Legends players, Aceu has made a name for himself as a streamer of some of the most popular FPS games, regularly competing across various titles.

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Since the launch of Valorant, though, that game has been his main focus, and he has clearly been enjoying it more than any other of late.

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Act 2 brought a number of changes to Valorant casual and ranked play, including the introduction of Agent Killjoy.

That said, he’s also taken issue with a certain aspect of Riot Games’ debut FPS: the ranked mode.

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While casual play is always important, a good ranked mode can greatly improve a game’s viability as an esport, as well as provide competitive players somewhere to hone their skills and prove that they’re among the very best.

So, while the inclusion of a ranked mode is good, Aceu isn’t entirely impressed with the execution, as he has explained during a broadcast.

“Ranked games are a shambles”

“It’s so stupid that ranked games are a shambles,” he said, “just because ranks are so inflated by people who should not be at the rank. They simply are because of 5-stacking. It’s so stupid.”

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Winn went on to say that he “can’t stand it” and that, although he wants to “play this game and have a good time,” the ranked system is making it much harder.

Aceu isn’t the only one that doesn’t think Valorant’s ranked system is up to par, though. Back in June, Shroud said that he believes the system will “never be good,” while, in the game’s early days, Myth simply said that it’s ranked system is “dumb”.

Of course, being able to stack ranked matches with your friends is one of the highlights of most games, but Aceu’s frustration is understandable, if it is, in fact, amplifying players to ranks higher than they perhaps should be.

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If you’re looking to get your Valorant rank, or improve your game, you should have a look at our guides for best weapons or best Agents to use in ranked.

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Shroud explains how Valorant will become the number one FPS esport

Published: 19/Oct/2020 11:50

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes Valorant is going to “easily” surpass Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the top FPS title around when it comes to esports.

When Valorant launched back in June, players and esports organizations alike quickly moved to show their skills off and create rosters in a bid to get ahead of the curve. 

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Even in its infancy, pros from CS:GO, Overwatch, and other games decided to hop aboard the Valorant hype train and for some, it worked out as they’ve been able to rack up wins in online tournaments and build audiences on Twitch.

With the first-person shooter being backed by Riot, there are plenty of expectations surrounding its eventual growth in the esports world – with some, including Shroud, backing it to knock off the likes of CS:GO and perhaps even League of Legends.

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Many have tipped Valorant to be the next big esport. But is there a world where both CS:GO and Valorant can both thrive?

During a recent stream, the former CS:GO pro had been discussing the landscape of Valorant’s esports scene – noting that the best teams in Europe and North America haven’t had the chance to do battle yet. Once that happens, and the game goes to LAN, Shroud believes it’ll pop off. 

“Dude, Valorant is just going to hit and it’s going to hit hard. Like, it has the perfect recipe right now, right,” he said. “It’s just like, CS numbers are dipping, but to be fair CS strives on LAN so that’s why they’re dipping, obviously once LAN comes back, it’ll be a little different. 

“But still, if Valorant nails the timing of coming to LAN and tournaments are popping off, it’s going to blow the f**k up – even more than it already has.” As someone suggested that Valorant will take the top spot in the first-person shooter esports ranks, Shroud added: “Oh yeah, easily.” 

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The growing intrigue surrounding the world’s best teams not being able to play each other will, undoubtedly, work in Valorant’s favor. 

It just remains to be seen as to whether or not it can cement itself at the top of the esports world. Plenty of games have come along and tried to do so, but the titans of CS:GO and LoL still reign supreme. For now.

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