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CSGO pro ScreaM proves he’s already a Valorant headshot machine

Published: 8/Apr/2020 17:31 Updated: 8/Apr/2020 17:45

by Andy Williams

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Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom is known by many as Counter-Strike’s ‘headshot machine’ – and it appears that his inhumane accuracy has followed him to Valorant.

With Valorant’s closed beta underway, plenty of esports’ biggest names are trying their hand at Riot’s tactical shooter.

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As the game is hailed to be an Overwatch/Counter-Strike hybrid, players from both corners have been taking their talents to Riot’s servers since April 7.

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Valorant’s gameplay mechanics are compared with CS 1.6, whereas the Agent abilities share similar characteristics to Overwatch’s Heroes.

From CS:GO’s corner, content creators like Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar and Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar have been joined by plenty of pros in their Valorant venture.

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Despite not being CS:GO’s most decorated player, ScreaM is a human highlight reel who is ‘known for his one-taps’, to paraphrase the Belgian. And it appears that mantra is following him into yet another tactical shooter.

First up is an incredible four-man killing spree to retake B-site on Haven. Armed with a Guardian, the Belgian star took out four enemies with four headshots, as his pinpoint accuracy shone through.

With Valorant’s answer to the AK-47 from CS:GO in-hand, ScreaM swept aside a four-man push on Bind while aiming down sight. While the enemies appear to lineup at a choke point, this play is just as much about ScreaM’s precise aim as it is positioning.

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The CS pro proved that there are more strings to his bow than just holding chokepoints, though, as he used both of Jett’s Updaft and Tailwind abilities to swiftly maneuver behind an enemy squad. After peeking Split’s deathly mid-map, he quickly polished off three opponents before dispatching the last with his Vandal to earn himself the 4k.

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While ScreaM is noted for his crazy aim, he has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with — within a mere 24 hours of picking up Riot’s competitive shooter no less.

Although some former CS:GO pros have already revealed their plans to take Valorant seriously, for now ScreaM is just playing for fun, as he’s dedicated to his main game. But if he was to make the switch, he’d certainly have no trouble finding a top team.

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Valorant leak reveals new “Snowball” game mode coming for Winter event

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:22

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are reportedly planning a new mode for Valorant called ‘Snowball,’ according to new leaks that could suggest the developers are planning content geared toward a Winter event.

Now that the Act 3 patch update has hit the live servers, the content dump also gave dataminers troves of files to sift through for any clues on unannounced features or assets.

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Of course, with the launch of Act 3 came the new map called Icebox, which followed in the same snowy aesthetic that could align with a Winter event.

In the Valorant files, dataminer ‘ValorantLeaks’ found strands of code that contained a couple of recurring keywords that directly pointed to a new mode possibly in the works along with a few details of game mechanics it could feature.

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Icebox might not be the only snow-centric content in Valorant this season.

The words “Tag=Modes.Snowball” were found in four different instances. This is the best indication that a mode of the same name could soon arrive later down the line in Act 3.

Additionally, different lines reference words like ‘Bouncy,’ ‘Growball,’ ‘RapidFire,’ and ‘Skate,’ which could hint to features or even different Orbs that could be in the mode.

It’s possible that these are in reference to new modifiers along the lines of those found in Spike Rush or other effects that would be organic to the ‘Snowball’ mode.

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Spike Rush is the only game type that makes use of round-modifiers in the form of special powerup orbs placed throughout the map. The only other mode for Valorant so far has been a traditional Deathmatch mode, that could be seeing upgrades in early 2021 that would let players join a match that’s already underway.

If Riot does go ahead with plans on a new mode, then it’s unclear if it would be available alongside Spike Rush or the devs would opt down the road of a rotating playlist.

The Valorant team previously said they prefer to bring more modes as soon as they could to players, though these would “evolve” along with the players. “We want to bias toward putting new modes in the community’s hands as fast as possible and evolving those modes along with the players,” Riot said in a blog.

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As the holiday season nears, eager players will await official word from the devs for seasonal content in Valorant that could be on its way.