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How to improve your aim in Valorant

Published: 9/Jun/2020 18:14

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 to 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 with aim, 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 colour 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 a 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 getting 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 in front of you, if you notice you are 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… With a bunch of challenges that’ll test your tracking, flicking, reaction times, and even audio-spatial awareness (responding to audio cues), this is as comprehensive as it gets. 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.

Using it 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.


How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 9:38

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour
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A step-by-step guide to the VCT format.

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour
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Qualifying for Valorant Champions isn’t easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.