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Dafran reveals why he’s “disappointed” with Valorant’s ranked system

Published: 25/May/2020 11:30

by Andy Williams


As Valorant looks to transition from its closed beta to full launch, former Overwatch pro Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca has explained why he’s “extremely disappointed” in Riot’s ranked system.

Overwatch pros making a transition over to Valorant seems to be a recurring theme, with the most successful OWL star in Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won being the most recognizable name to do so.

And up until late, dafran had been grinding the FPS title like any other former pro making their transition. However, following an incident which saw the Twitch streamer receive a lifetime ban from a tournament and suspended from Amazon’s streaming platform, he has been vocal about his stance on Riot’s tactical shooter.

Dafran competing in Overwatch.
Dafran competed at the very highest level as an Overwatch pro.

While fundamentally, the 26-year-old believes the game is “so close to being perfect”, his statement was anchored by the fact that there are issues which are holding it back.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Valorant ranked system,” dafran said. “What to do after grinding to Valorant? No solo/duo [queue]?”

Alongside believing that there is a distinct lack of incentive to play after achieving the maximum rank, he also highlighted the FPS issues which have plagued the latter half of the closed beta’s lifecycle.

While the drops in frame rate are supposedly being patch for launch, Riot have stood firm (so far) in their rationale for excluding solo/duo queuing from Rated — stating that their primary objective is to have a competitive environment that is “focused on teamplay.”

Former Counter-Strike pro, Jacob ‘pyth’ Mourujärvi, echoed dafran’s thoughts, stated that ranked was “not what he expected it to be” and extended his disappointment.

Of course, it is worth noting that the game is merely just coming to the end of its closed beta cycle. It is highly likely that the developers (who have already been extremely reactive in their approach), will have something up their sleeve for when ranked eventually launches after the official release.


Valorant cosplayer re-invents herself as quirky genius Killjoy

Published: 28/Nov/2020 7:00

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Killjoy might be the inventive genius in the Valorant roster, but one of her biggest fans deserves the title too after she dished up a remarkably accurate cosplay. 

Valorant’s Agents are all unique. They have different strengths and weaknesses in certain situations. Killjoy, for example, is an absolute menace to face due to her ability to crowd control using gadgets.

However, that’s not the only reason fans love her. She’s hip, quirky, and a genius both on and off the battlefield. Interestingly, she’s a popular choice among cosplayers too, probably because something is alluring about her vibrant style.

Valorant Killjoy Cosplay
Riot Games
Killjoy might be a genius, but she acts and dresses in a way that many people can relate to.

Luminavira recently shared a picture of her incredible Killjoy cosplay on the Valorant subreddit, and it made quite an impression. It’s only been up for several hours and has already gained more than 500 upvotes and received plenty of positive feedback.

“Everyone makes fun of German efficiency,” she said, reiterating one of Killjoy’s lines. “Just keep laughing as you use all my gear.”

“I can finally show you some Killjoy pictures,” she added. “I am so proud of this Cosplay, and I love this girl so much. I know a lot of you guys don’t know Valorant, but I hope you like it anyway.”


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Luminavira made the costume herself, and she has done a fantastic job. The beanie, glasses, jacket, t-shirt, ripped jeans, gloves, and shoes all look like the real deal. It’s a perfect blend of green, yellow, grey, and purple.

The accessories were a nice touch as well. She included the bracelet, hip bag, leg strap, and even a replica rifle. What’s more, the attention to detail is second to none, and people were quick to notice.

“Wow, that’s amazing!” said the top comment in the Reddit thread. “You got even the tiniest details right. Even the pants are ripped in the same place. You look fantastic!”

“Introducing the real-life killjoy. This is seriously amazing!” said another. It’s a sentiment that others have shared, and for a good reason. Luminavira managed to bring her to life in the most incredible way.


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Luminavira is all smiles, and rightfully so. Like many cosplayers dedicated to the craft, she put in a lot of time and effort, and it shines through. Capugraphy’s top-notch photography played a part too.

It’s always nice to see your favorite characters come to life. Valorant players, especially those who love Killjoy, have been truly mesmerized by this piece. Luminavira deserves all the praise she’s getting.