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How does Valorant Deathmatch work? Weapons, how to win, more

Published: 10/Aug/2020 7:37

by Andrew Amos


Valorant’s new FFA Deathmatch mode has finally arrived. However, how does it work, and is it worth playing? We’ve got a guide to everything you need to know about the new game mode.

The long-requested FFA Deathmatch mode is here in Valorant. Sick of shooting bots in The Range to warm up? Want a bit more of a challenge? Well, this is probably the best chance you’ll get.

Valorant’s Deathmatch works similarly to those in other games like CS:GO and Call of Duty. However, Riot has put their own few twists on the mode to ensure players get the most out of their warm up. Here’s everything you need to know.

Valorant duel in Split B main
Riot Games
Deathmatch has arrived in Valorant.

What is Valorant Deathmatch?

Valorant’s Deathmatch mode is a free-for-all version of the popular game mode in other games. 10 players, all playing for themselves, trying to kill everyone else on the map. Everyone has full health and Heavy Armor. First to 30 kills wins. Seems simple enough.

There’s a bunch of additional features in Valorant’s Deathmatch though. When you kill an enemy, they’ll drop a health pack you can pick up to get back up to full health. This is similar to the Medi-Shot in CS:GO, which heals you for 50 HP after racking up three kills in a row.

There’s also a “UAV” that reveals everyone’s position on the map every five seconds. You can’t just camp corners in Deathmatch ⁠— you have to actively hunt for kills. If you get gunned down, you can’t be killed immediately after respawning thanks to an invulnerability feature ⁠— so don’t worry about getting terrible spawns.

Valorant deathmatch scoreboard top 3
Riot Games
The first to 30 kills wins in Valorant Deathmatch.

If no one gets 30 kills within the six minute time limit, the player with the most kills will win by default. Overall, it’s meant to be a short-and-sharp game mode where players can warm up their aim and spray control before jumping into Ranked. It’s better than just shooting bots in The Range, that’s for sure.

What guns can you use in Valorant Deathmatch?

Every gun in the game is available in Valorant Deathmatch. However, not all guns were made equal. You can choose to run around the map with a Classic or a Stinger, but it’s going to be hard to rack up wins.

You’ll most commonly see players with either the Sheriff, Phantom, Vandal, or Operator. All of these guns are pretty commonplace in regular games, and are good for trying to replicate what you do in a Ranked game in terms of aim and spray control.

The sky’s the limit though. Want to set yourself a challenge? Feel free to run around with a knife-only Deathmatch game ⁠— although we doubt you’ll get far.

Jett header art for Valorant
Riot Games
Want to set yourself a challenge? Do knife-only DM. Jett knives don’t count.

How to win Valorant Deathmatch

There’s two win conditions in Valorant Deathmatch ⁠— getting 30 kills, or running down the time limit. If you hit 30 kills within the six minutes allocated, you’ll win the game automatically.

However, if no one hits 30 kills by the end of the match, the player with the most kills will be handed the victory. Obviously, winning in this way is probably going to be more difficult unless people abandon the game midway through.

There’s only really one way to guarantee your wins though, and that’s by just out-aiming your opponents. Deathmatch is very fast-paced, and unforgiving to just holding corners thanks to the “UAV” flushing out campers.

Valorant death match radar
Riot Games
You can see where your enemies are on the radar.

Winning isn’t everything in Deathmatch though. You don’t get any extra experience, and it doesn’t affect your MMR for ranked. It’s better to take Deathmatch at your own pace to practice on your gun skills ⁠— whether that be slamming headshots on the Vandal or bodying opponents with the Operator.

Using better guns like the Phantom, Vandal, or Operator will definitely help you win. However, nothing beats good aim in this game mode.

FFA Deathmatch is now available in all regions. There’s currently no plans to add Team Deathmatch, but Riot could be looking into it soon.


Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal


A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

Riot Games
Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

riot valorant map selection

As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

csgo map selector matchmaking
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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.