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Cloud9 TenZ becomes first NA Valorant player to reach highest rank

Published: 2/May/2020 23:41 Updated: 2/May/2020 23:53

by Michael Kelly


Cloud9 streamer and former Counter-Strike pro Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo became the first player in North America to reach the highest rank in Valorant.

TenZ became the first player to reach the highest rank in Valorant on May 1. After spending the early stages of ranked play largely at the ‘Immortal’ rank, TenZ was promoted to the game’s ultimate pinnacle, the ‘Valorant’ rank.

He achieved the tier after a game that saw him drop 33 kills on Sage.

Last year, TenZ was surprisingly benched from Cloud9’s CS:GO roster, and rumors had been circulating that perhaps he was going to be picked up by another team in professional Counter-Strike.

However, C9 locked up their prospect and converted him into a full-time streamer before any other organization could swoop in.

Needless to say, the move has been paying massive dividends for Cloud9 as TenZ has risen to extreme prominence in Riot’s next promising esport title.

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With Valorant taking the FPS world by storm, TenZ has emerged as one of the most notable names in the game’s budding community.

However, he’s not the first to achieve the ‘Valorant’ rank on a global scale. Prior to him becoming the first North American player to reach the game’s apex, multiple European players had reportedly reached the rank, as well.

Regardless, the achievement warrants praise and recognition, nonetheless. Even the official social media team congratulated TenZ on his accomplishment.


What makes this feat even more impressive is that ranked play was only enabled on April 30. It took TenZ just over 24 hours to climb to the top.

In the coming days, it’s possible that we might see more players on the North American servers reach the ‘Valorant’ rank, but for now, he stands alone atop the ladder.


Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal


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.