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Hastr0 explains why Valorant is “killing” CSGO

Published: 14/Sep/2020 12:37

by Andy Williams

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Team Envy owner, Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail, has delved into why he believes Valorant is “killing” CSGO in North America after a plethora of former pros have fled over to Riot’s shooter.

It’s no secret that Valorant is on the path to becoming a tier-one esport. At its core, Valorant puts competitive integrity first. From the 128-tick servers to sophisticated anti-cheat, Riot has provided players with the closest thing to a level playing field as possible.

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It’s no surprise, then, that a good chunk of Counter-Strike players have fled from Valve’s first-person shooter over to Valorant. Since both games are mechanically similar in terms of gunplay, the urge jump ship has never been more appealing.

And Riot’s excellent reputation gained off the back of creating a thriving esport — with League of Legends — is just the icing on the cake.

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Up until this point, no game in its class has really come close to Counter-Strike’s esports prowess. It’s unquestionably the premier title in its field and is arguably the only tier-one shooter in esports.

But hastr0 thinks that times are changing and that Riot are shooting their shot at the perfect time. “If Riot does for Valorant what they do for League of Legends, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be huge… I’m in it because I think what they’ve done with League of Legends is fantastic for esports, so I’m just putting my faith in Riot to replicate that for Valorant.”

When prompted by Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez on the amount of players transferring from CS:GO, hastr0 claimed that it’s “killing NA CS” — and this is primarily due to some of the biggest personalities, such as Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won and Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin, making their move into Valorant early.

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In terms of H3CZ and hastr0’s rationale for big names hopping over to Future Earth from the likes of CS:GO, they believe that Valve is the biggest part of the problem.

Between the combination of over-saturated events and the lack of direct developer support for Global Offensive’s esports scene, the pair believe that players shifting over to Valorant is only natural.

With Valorant’s Ignition Series drawing to a close and viewership skyrocketing to over 100,000 concurrent spectators, it’s no wonder why plenty are looking for their slice of the Valorant pie.

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Valorant pro Sinatraa left temporarily blind after nasty eye injury

Published: 15/Oct/2020 17:28

by Michael Gwilliam

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Valorant prodigy and former Overwatch League MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Jon has revealed he suffered a brutal-looking eye injury that left him temporarily blind and unable to stream.

On October 15, the Sentinels star explained how he hit his left eye really hard with a 50-pound resistance band while working out.

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According to Sinatraa, he tried tp curl the band, but it slipped from his feet and shot up, hitting him right in the eye.

The injury was so serious that the esports pro found himself needing to go to the ER and “went fully blind for three hours.”

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Sinatraa won the 2019 Overwatch League Playoffs with the San Francisco Shock.

Despite fearing worst, Won is expected to make a full recovery, but noted he was very lucky.

“Got lucky and only a lot of scratches, bruising/blood on my retina and they said I would most likely recover in a week or two,” the Sentinel explained, adding that he will be unable to stream for a bit.

In a photo, the 20-year-old showed how his eye looks blood-red and definitely in need of some recovery.

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Organizations and players across the esports scene wished Jon a speedy recovery, including his former Overwatch League team, the San Francisco Shock.

“Sending love from the Shock Fam, and wishing you a quick recovery,” the Shock Twitter account replied.

“Glad it’s just a few scratches and not anything permanent, get well soon, brotha,” another former Overwatch pro turned Valorant star, FaZe Corey, said.

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Sinatraa has become quite the gym-goer in recent weeks alongside his teammate Jared ‘zombs’ Gitlin. The Valorant star would frequently post photos of his gains on Twitter to document his progress.

Hopefully, the injury doesn’t sideline the star for very long and he can get back to streaming, competing and hitting the gym sooner rather than later.

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