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Dafran explains why he’s back to streaming Overwatch instead of Valorant

Published: 27/May/2020 19:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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Legendary Twitch streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca returned to the platform following a one week ban and explained why he will not be playing Valorant unless its ranked mode receives significant changes.

The former Overwatch League pro, who recently started restreaming the Blizzard title after spending a lot of time on Valorant, was asked by his chat why he had stopped playing Riot Games’ tactical FPS.

In typical Dafran fashion, the DPS superstar pulled no punches and explained his position. “The ranked system is sh*t,” he blasted. “I reached the highest rank, so why even play?”

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Dafran played one stage in the Overwatch League before retiring.

Unlike Overwatch, Valorant’s beta doesn’t feature a leaderboard or ranking system for individual players. Once you reach the rank of Valorant, there’s nothing else to achieve.

“There’s no solo or duo queue, and the highest rank is Valorant. That’s it!” Francesca continued. “What do you do after reaching Valorant? Nothing.”

Dafran then issued a very stern warning to Riot: “Imagine thinking that people are going to play your game just for fun. No one is going to play your f**king game if you can’t climb higher than Valorant. Everybody can reach Valorant. It’s not that hard.”

He raged on, stating that the lack of Top 500 leaderboards will hurt the game at the highest levels.

“They said they didn’t want solo or duo queue, and they never said anything about changing the ranked system,” he added after his chat reminded him the game was still only in beta. “They think their game is ready to go for launch, and that means they are satisfied with their ranking system mode.”

“I’m simply just not going to play Valorant,” the hitscan specialist concluded. “A lot of people aren’t going to play it either.”

This isn’t the first time the streamer has complained about Valorant either: On Twitter, he took issue with the game releasing early, stating it didn’t make him “hype,” but instead “sad” due to the lack of ranked options.

While Dafran may not want to play Valorant anymore – at least after reaching the highest rank again when the game releases on June 2 – fans of his Overwatch gameplay will get to see him shine, once more.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”