How to improve your aim in Valorant

Published: 9/Jun/2020 18:14 Updated: 30/Jan/2021 20:29

by Andrew Amos


“In Valorant, shooting matters.” Those were the words of Riot Games’ CEO when the game was announced — and it couldn’t be more true. If you are struggling to get good at aiming in Valorant, here’s a few tips to get you on your way.

Valorant is no different from any other FPS title: you have to be able to aim to get kills. While tactics can help you win rounds, it’ll all be for nothing if you can’t click heads.

If you are struggling to pick up the basics of aiming, there’s a few things you can do to help yourself out. From figuring out crosshair placement to training your aim, getting good at shooting in Valorant is easy ⁠— it just takes a bit of time, practice, and patience.

1. Perfect your crosshair!

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You can design your crosshair however you like in Valorant.

The first thing you’d want to do when looking to improve your aim is to design the perfect crosshair. When you want to nail down your crosshair placements, being able to see your cursor at all times is key.

Typically, FPS veterans will tell you a few things about crosshairs. One, it should always be static. This means that when you are running or shooting, your crosshair doesn’t change size. You can set this in Valorant by turning off movement and firing errors in your crosshair settings.

The second is that the color should always be high-contrast. Green and purple are the two colors of choice for most pros. A quick tip is to run an outline outside your crosshair, too. This also helps if you are colorblind and can’t use certain crosshair colors, but need the contrast. You can set this in Valorant by turning outlines on in your crosshair settings.

After that, it’s really up to you. Some prefer crosses. Some players prefer dot crosshairs. Others prefer a mix of both. If you haven’t played an FPS before, it might take some time to find what suits you. Nail this down, though, and it’ll help you immensely.

2. Crosshair placement is key

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The Range in Valorant is a perfect place to get used to your new crosshair, while perfecting aiming at head height.

The biggest downfall of newer FPS players is where they hold their crosshair. Often, new players will aim at the toes of enemies, and struggle with juggling depth. You’ll always want to be aiming at head height — especially in a game like Valorant, where one-shot headshots are key.

The only way you can really fix this is with time and practice. Thankfully, there’s some handy tools that you can utilize within Valorant itself to help to get used to aiming at head height.

In the Shooting Range, you can run through a shooting test to get used to the character model sizes. You can either challenge yourself by doing the test ⁠— where enemies appear one-by-one at a set speed ⁠— or you can run through a practice run. Try and complete these challenges using one-taps only, practicing your trigger discipline and your first shot accuracy.

The practice run is handy for trying to keep up aim over extended periods of time, bouncing from one target to the next. Meanwhile, the test is good for testing reaction times and your flicks. You can adjust your sensitivity up or down with the interactive display if you notice yourself missing targets consistently.

3. Third-party aim trainers

Aim trainers like Kovaak’s and Aim Lab won’t just help you for Valorant, but will translate to any FPS that you play.

While the in-game practice mode is good, it can only do so much. If you really want to take your aim to the next level, you’ll want to use an aim trainer.

Aim trainers can be found on Steam, and there’s a bunch of free (or very inexpensive) options to pick up. They are bare-bones compared to fully fleshed out titles, but they give you the chance to practice certain drills to get better at all aspects of your aim.

If you are looking for something free, Aim Lab (available on Steam) is one of the best on the market. The Valorant Challengers NA series partnered with Aim Lab as the official FPS training partner of Valorant. Expect to see “specialized training programs” for Valorant in the near future to really take your aim to the next level.

If you want to dish out a bit of cash, Kovaak’s is the tried-and-true aim trainer, with many pros using it on a daily basis. You get a ton of features and trainers with this service, which can benefit those that stick with it.

Using these programs on a daily basis is key, too. It’s one thing to use an aim trainer once and be done with it. But if you want to get noticeable, long-lasting results, you want to throw yourself into an aim trainer for at least 15 minutes every day. Like any skill, practice makes perfect.

4. Does scoping help?

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You should try to avoid using ADS in Valorant unless necessary.

Unlike CS:GO, Valorant gives you the option to aim-down-sights and scope in with almost every weapon. If you are coming from a title like Call of Duty or Rainbow Six: Siege, scoping in to shoot will feel very natural.

But in Valorant, it’s not as pressing. While scoping will give you a slight zoom-in on your enemies, there’s a trade-off, as it does slow down your rate of fire. You’ll notice watching top-level Valorant players that most of them don’t scope in whatsoever.

There are some situations where scoping is good. Obviously, if you’ve got a Sniper, you’ll want to scope in to shoot. But if you are holding a long angle with a rifle for a long period of time, it might be worth scoping to just have that extra bit of zoom, and easier recoil control at distance.

If you are getting to grips with aiming in Valorant, these tips should set you on your way. There are obviously more technical things you can work on – like learning spray patterns – but these tips should help set you on the right path to getting your aim pixel perfect.


Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Challengers 2 EU and NA: Envy 3-0’s Sentinels in Finals

Published: 23/Feb/2021 21:34 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 22:29

by Andrew Amos


With Challengers 1 out of the way, Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 is continuing with Challengers 2 in Europe and North America. With Masters spots on the line, be sure to tune into the action across the coming days.

  • Envy take a 3-0 win against Sentinels in the Grand Finals.
  • Envy only dropped 1 map in the entire Challengers 2 run.
  • Alliance and NiP are the first to qualify for EU Masters after beating Wave and G2.

Challengers 1 in the Valorant Champions Tour is now behind us. This event marked the first step in global competition for the year but this past weekend was all about North America and Europe. Now, Challengers 2 is underway, and the first spots at the end-of-stage Masters tournament is up for grabs.

If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here. If you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need! For now, here’s a complete rundown on the NA and EU competition.

VCT Stage 1: Stream

VCT Stage 1 NA: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 3 – 7
  • Masters: March 13 – 21

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Sentinels $20,000
2nd Immortals $10,000
3rd Luminosity Gaming $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Team Envy $3,000
Gen.G Esports $3,000
7th-8th NRG $1,000
Andbox $1,000

As action got underway, two teams were quickly knocked out of the running. Both Andbox along with NRG were eliminated without having won a map. Meanwhile, it was Immortals who blitzed through the upper bracket, taking down XSET, Gen.G, and Luminosity on their path to the Grand Finals.

There they would meet Sentinels who had already been put through the wringer. Having lost their first matchup, Sentinels had to win four consecutive series to complete the lower bracket run. In the ultimate rebound, they pulled it off and took out Immortals 3-1 in the closing showdown to cement their place atop NA.

  • Challengers 2: February 20 – 23
Place Team Prize money
1st Team Envy $20,000
2nd Sentinels $10,000
3rd Immortals $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Luminosity Gaming $3,000
100 Thieves $3,000
7th-8th FaZe Clan $1,000
Gen.G Esports $1,000

Top teams like FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves once again struggled in Challengers, failing to make deep runs to qualify for Masters. But the event saw teams like XSET and Immortals get through to the next stage of VCT.

The biggest headline was Envy’s incredible run throughout the upper bracket. The team only dropped one map in their campaign, beating the likes of XSET, Sentinels, Immortals, and a 3-0 win in their rematch with Sentinels in the Grand Finals.

VCT Stage 1 Europe: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 4 – 7
  • Masters: March 12 – 21

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Ninjas In Pyjamas €4,375
2nd Monkey Business (now OG) €4,375
3rd Wave Esports €4,375
4th FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
5th-6th G2 Esports
Guild Esports
7th-8th Fnatic
Team Liquid

On the European side of things, teams only had to play one match each to lock in their spot at Challengers Stage 2. Some big upsets came through during these matches as a number of huge names were knocekd out by relative underdogs.

G2 Esports, Guild Esports, Liquid, and Fnatic’s brand new Valorant team were all taken out of the EU tournament. Instead, it was FunPlus Phoenix, Wave Esports, Ninjas In Pyjamas, and an orgless team in Monkey Business, that closed the show as winners.

  • Challengers 2: February 18 – 21
Place Team Prize money
1st Alliance €4,375
2nd Ninjas in Pyjamas €4,375
3rd FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
4th Team Heretics €4,375
5th-8th Wave Esports
G2 Esports

Yet again Challengers 2 of the Valorant Champions Tour EU saw some familiar faces suffer some similar losses. With G2 Esports and Fnatic failing yet again to make it into the top four, we saw some of the scene’s rising stars dominate instead.

With Alliance topping the charts after failing to make Challengers 1, they move onto the Masters with NiP, FPX and Team Heretics.

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
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The VCT promises to be a year-long Valorant fiesta!