How to find the perfect mouse sensitivity in Valorant

Published: 11/Jul/2020 17:51 Updated: 6/Jan/2021 13:27

by Andy Williams


While Agent abilities and movement is important in Valorant, aiming is king. Here are the key points you need to consider when finding your mouse’s sweet spot in Future Earth.

There are a ton of variables to account for when perfecting your aim in a first-person shooter. While perfecting your crosshair and learning when to scope is great, these don’t count for much if you don’t have the fundamentals locked down.

At the core of improving your aim, is finding the sweet spot on your mouse sensitivity. And while it’s all well and good checking what a high-profile pro uses and plugging in those numbers, you’ll never truly feel comfortable until you tailor yours to suit.

Luckily, there are some tried and tested methods that will help with that — and popular Valorant YouTube channel, ‘SkillCapped,’ has broken this down into the most key points.

Valorant gameplay on Ascent.
Riot Games
Finding the optimal sensitivity can be overcomplicated, so it’s easier to stick to the basics.

Best mouse sensitivity for Valorant

First of all, you’ll want to understand that your sensitivity in Valorant is determined by two things: your mouse’s ‘dots per inch’ (DPI) setting and your in-game sensitivity setting. It’s the combination of these which will affect your crosshair movement speed… and ultimately your aim!

There are a plethora of conversion equations available from a variety of popular FPS titles, but each of these negates the movement mechanics of Valorant in the sense that you will almost always be rewarded for good positioning over superior movement.

Since movement takes a back seat, higher mouse sensitivity isn’t necessary for a game like Valorant. Smoother, more reliable crosshair movement should be prioritized. So with that in mind, you’ll want to select a DPI in the region of 400-800.

After you’ve selected your DPI, you can now begin to experiment with your effective DPI (eDPI). To calculate that, you’ll simply want to take your chosen DPI (lower the better) and multiply that by your in-game sense. As a basic example, 400 DPI x 0.50 Valorant sensitivity = 200 eDPI.

While there is no magic number here, it is recommended that players fall somewhere between 200 – 400 eDPI when starting out. A tried and tested method to figure this out is the simple 180° test.

To do this, take your mouse to the left-most side of your mousepad and drag it horizontally across to the right-most side. Your character will want to complete a 180° turn from one side to the other.

Player in The Range in Valorant.
Riot Games
Trying out a variety of methods in The Range will help you get to grips with finding the best sensitivity.

If you’re experimenting with either DPI or your in-game sensitivity, make sure that you either gradually increase/decrease the variables mentioned above, to ensure you don’t find yourself in ‘no man’s land’ and struggle to find your feet.

While the eDPI range is recommended (and most professional players fall somewhere within that), just know that this all comes down to preference. For example, T1’s Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce has an eDPI of 141.6, whereas 100 Thieves’ Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin runs a staggering eDPI of 576.


How to watch Valorant Twitch Rivals Series 1: Stream, Schedule, Teams, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 11:15 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 11:18

by Joe Craven


Valorant’s Twitch Rivals Series 1 event gets underway on February 24, with a host of popular streamers and content creators taking part. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the event unfold live on Twitch, as well as the schedule, teams and more. 

  • Matches start on February 24 at 3PM PST/6PM EST/11PM GMT, Finals on March 10
  • $50,000 Prize Pool
  • Team captains include aceu, fearitself, and sonii

Twitch Rivals tournaments have become common in a number of esports, including Warzone and Apex Legends. Valorant is now joining those titles, with Series 1 kicking off on February 24.

The next Twitch Rivals Valorant tournament will feature eight teams, battling it out for a $50,000 prize pool.

Valorant Twitch Rivals Series 1 Stream

The stream will be live in its entirety on the official Twitch Rivals’ channel, which you can watch below.

As with other Twitch Rivals events, fans can expect the individuals competing to be broadcasting their gameplay on their own channels. So, if you want to watch a particular POV, it’ll be best to track down the individual and go from there.

Valorant Twitch Rivals Series 1 Schedule

The action kicks off on Wednesday, February 24. The stream will begin at 3PM PST/ 6PM EST/ 11PM GMT/ 10AM AEDT. Note that, depending on your time zone, the tournament may actually kick off on the morning of February 25.

The schedule for the next few weeks is below:

  • February 24 – Group Stage Day 1.
  • March 3 – Group Stage Day 2 & Quarterfinals.
  • March 10 – Semifinals & finals.

Valorant Twitch Rivals Series 1 Teams and Team Captains

There are a number of prominent streamers and content creators taking part. These include acue, fearitself and sonii, who will captain squads. They are joined as captains by moczy, quarterjade, ray__c, ploo and tiffae.

Former Valorant and CS:GO pro players TenZ, n0thing and seangares are also featured.

The full list of teams participating in the Series 1 Group Stages is listed below:

Valorant Twitch Rivals
The teams and their captains, in full.

Valorant Twitch Rivals Series 1 Format

The format will be Round Robin to begin with, before progressing into an elimination playoff. The full format, as described by Twitch, is as follows:

Day 1-2 will feature a group stage with 4 teams in each group playing a Round Robin tournament format. Each team will play two matches on day 1 and 1 match on day 2, until each team has played each other team in their group. All matches are Best of 3. The top 3 teams from each group will advance to a 6-team Playoff bracket starting on Day 2, with the bottom team from each group being eliminated. The 1st place team from each group will receive a bye to the Semifinals on Day 3, while the other 4 teams will play in the Quarterfinals on Day 2.

We will, of course, keep this page updated with new information as it becomes available, and with the tournament results and standings when it gets underway.