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Crazy Valorant “rocket ride” trick sends you flying like Fortnite

Published: 16/May/2020 19:51 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:25

by Alan Bernal

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A technique in Valorant propels players forward at an incredibly high pace, reminiscent of Fortnite’s “rocket rides” that let players fly across wide areas of the map.

Esports commentator Grant Haynes and many others were revelling in the Viper trick that they say will surely get patched by Riot, though players are finding a ton of enjoyment while the fun lasts.

Viper comes equipped with a Toxic Screen that can be invaluable for zoning off entire sections of a bombsite. The screen she has requires her to drop a line of gas emitters that will summon the wall and, with slight coordination with a teammate, can make for a bizarre boost.

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The bug with Viper’s wall lets her give anyone a quick trip into a site.

In Haynes clip, it showed Viper preparing to lay down a straight line of emitters into the B site of Split from Garage. With a friend as a Jett, the players synced up to launch Viper’s wall as the other hit the apex of a jump.

After timing it right, laying down the groundwork of the wall will cause the mid-air ally to ride along the placement of the emitters.

The way the clip shows Jett moving can remind some CSGO veterans of a run-boost that would typically be employed for passing through sketchy angles where someone could be scoped in to.

But because of the nature of Viper’s Toxic Screen, instead of it being a short-distance leap, it took them all the way down the trajectory of the emitters up until the player met the first obstacle in their way.

This trick doesn’t seem to be an intended outcome of the wall, so not many people are expecting Riot to allow players to utilize the tech much longer.

Until then, like in Fortnite, using this as a viable way of executing on a site might not be ideal or possible in most instances due to the time it takes to set up and how vulnerable it leaves Viper and the wall riding teammate.

However, if a round is down to, for instance, a 2v2 this can actually be a good way to just barrel into a site since the defender on there will only be able to cover so many angles.

With Valorant still in beta, there’s bound to be more executables like this in the game, but don’t expect the devs to keep them in for long.

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Riot dev promises action to tackle sexist toxicity in Valorant

Published: 21/Jan/2021 13:36

by Lauren Bergin

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As players call for stricter toxicity punishments in Valorant, one Riot dev has reassured her fellow female players that they have a plan of action. 

There’s no denying that Valorant has a problem with in-game toxicity. Players have been calling for Riot to take more action since the game’s release, but sexism in voice communication is still especially pervasive.

After one female streamer went viral for supposedly being boosted by teammates, as well as Pokimane’s recent complaints about the title, conversation has swung back to the issue: why can’t women and girls play games in peace?

One Riot dev has reached out to a whole host of players who have been struggling to find their place on Future Earth, and has ensured them that fixes will be coming soon.

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Cloud 9 White recruited an all-female Valorant roster.

Riot devs looking to combat sexism

It only takes one glance at the Valorant subreddit to see a collection of women explaining that they’ve experienced some sort of toxicity while playing Riot’s flagship FPS. These comments prompted a response from Riot Aeneia, who is involved in Insights and Strategy for Valorant.

“I have played so many games where women don’t speak up until after I start talking,” Aeneia commented. “Once they hear my voice, and they see that no one is giving me crap, they know it’s safe.”

She continues: “I cannot wait for the day when I get into agent select and hear other women (or kids, or anyone with a targetable voice) pipe up and say hello first. Because they’ll know it’ll be safe to do so. Because we’ll have cut this obscene sh*t out of our game.”

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She goes on to ensure players that, “I promise, we’re working on it. I can’t speak to any details right now, but if all goes to plan, you’ll be hearing from us in the near future with actions and updates.”

So while it may be a little far off on the horizon, it’s reassuring to know that changes are coming to make Valorant a more welcoming space for all players. Not only that, it’s nice to hear the voice of another woman, part of the development team, who is committed to helping others out.

Valorant’s executive producer Anna Donlon has also spoken in the past about her desire to clamp down on this issue.