Easy Valorant trick lets players avoid repeatedly getting the same maps

Published: 6/Jul/2020 21:57 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 22:33

by Alan Bernal


There’s a simple trick in Valorant that changes up the maps in matchmaking to prevent players from getting stuck with the same locales in consecutive games.

While there’s been key adjustments to some of Valorant’s less favorable maps since the beta, playing on the same battlefield for five or six games in a row can make the tactical shooter feel stagnant.

It’s because of this that the game’s community has been wanting the devs to look into the map rotation of matchmaking so that there’s a better chance at landing at any of the other locations that are currently available.

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The map selection in Valorant can lead to people landing in the same place for consecutive matches.

Until Riot Games manages to come out with a fix, people have noticed that there’s a small workaround that’s reportedly been paying dividends when addressing the problem.

“People complaining about getting the same maps in Valorant: remake your lobby,” Alex ‘LeX’ Deily said on Twitter. “This has been a bug since the beginning of beta. You’ll almost always get a new map.”

Apparently, when Valorant’s matchmaking is set on its way and consecutively picks the same map, resetting the lobby introduces a chance to get on a different setting. Simply refrain from clicking ‘Start’ to queue up for another game, and leave your current party.

Remake the lobby with the same people that were in it, and the game should “almost always” give you a new map.

“Nah, just when you’re in your lobby screen,” the former CSGO and CoD pro said. “Instead of queueing again and getting split for the 13th time in a row, remake a lobby with the same people in it. Boom new map guaranteed.”

This workaround has been prevalent since the beta, but as more people are discovering Riot’s new shooter, the tip can offer a bit of respite for people stuck on Haven all night. While this isn’t a permanent fix for the lack of map diversity in the queue system, it’s at least something to break the cycle if you’re getting Ascent over and over again.

Until Riot can come out with a meaningful change to prevent these kinds of map streaks in Valorant, this trick can be a good way to break the chain on your own.


Riot responds to surge of cheaters in Valorant and promises bans are coming

Published: 5/Jan/2021 13:35

by Lauren Bergin


In response to an increased wave of cheaters in Valorant, Riot devs have taken to Reddit discuss a fix for the ongoing issue. 

Valorant has become synonymous with a lot of things: cool skins, a new breed of esports and interesting Agents. Sadly though the game has become associated with cheating and smurfing, two aspects that Riot are still trying to grapple with fixing.

A recent tweet from Team Liquid’s headshot king Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom warned players to “be careful, lots of cheaters right now” and has subsequently brought the debate about how best to punish these users back into the forefront of the Valorant scene.

In response to continual issues with player misbehaviour, one fan took to Reddit to demand a response from Riot about how they plan to combat the issue. In a series of responses, the devs have provided us some clarity on their future plans.

Valorant match cancelled due to cheaters
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People want to be seeing more punishments, but less of this screen in-game.

Riot devs respond to Valorant cheating

The Reddit thread, started by user PeteyySD, asked if “anyone was going to talk about the surge in cheaters” that has plagued the FPS title of late.

They go on to complain that they had fallen victim to cheaters using aimbots in multiple games, and noted that they’d seen the same user twice despite reporting them. This prompted a response from Riot dev RayKay, who implements anti-cheat measures.

It says: “While we can never stop all cheating we want to make sure that it does not effect your ranked progress. Our team is looking to make many improvements this year based on the feedback we received and hard lessons we learned last year. Keep those reports and feedback coming.”


A follow-up question asked if players will be able to get back lost MMR from games where cheaters had been found, or even have their ranks altered to where they were before.

Raykay replied by stating “that is a cool idea, that is something we would like to do but got some bigger priorities in front of it right now.”


So, while it’s clear that Riot are aware of the recent tidal wave of cheaters that have been ruining Valorant games across Future Earth, it seems like a quick fix isn’t in the works.

While this may be frustrating, it makes more sense for the developers to work out a long term solution to what has become a particularly prevalent.

Only time will tell what fix will be but in the mean time, in ScreaM’s words, “be careful” Valorant fans, there’s some mischief afoot.