How to perfectly line up Sova’s Shock and Recon Bolts in Valorant

Published: 11/May/2020 13:14 Updated: 11/May/2020 14:35

by Andy Williams


A savvy Valorant player has created the ultimate tool for Sova mains, breaking down some of the most popular arrow spots so you can make full use of your trusty bow.

Katniss Everdeen. Legolas. Sova… Each have one thing in common — their bow. But while Everdeen and the Sindarin Elf are masters of archery in their own right, Sova mains are still continuing to learn their craft.

Equipped with both a Shock Bolt and Recon Bolt, Sova can use their bow and arrow to open up a Reactor Site on the offense or to gather crucial intel on defence – but that’s providing you know how to get the best out of your bow.

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Sova is an Agent that is thirsty for intel and fits well into a squad on both offense and defence.

So just how do you embrace your inner Legolas and become one with the arrow? Well, the bad news is that it requires a bit of revision… The good news is that one Reddit user has done all the hard work for you!

Given that there are no sky boxes in Valorant, there is a seemingly endless amount of possibilities of how you can use your arrow to your advantage.

Whether you’re lining up your Shock Bolt to maximise damage or aligning your Recon Bolt to get as much info as possible, ‘Sec-Student’ has created the perfect application to help you learn those all-important lineups.

I created an application for viewing Sova arrow setups from VALORANT

Right now, the application comes complete with a conveniently interactive map of Bind, which allows you to select your location along with screenshots and instructions to help understand exactly how to perfect each lineup.

But, per the Redditor’s comment, they’re looking to expand beyond just Bind while also including support for other Agents. “I guarantee you that by the end of the week, I will have all three maps up, and support for other Agents.”

To top things off, they have pledged to include links to YouTube clips for those looking to get a live preview of what each lineup looks like and where it lands.

Regardless, having a plethora of predetermined locations is a fantastic resource for all of the Sova mains out there looking to get the full use of their utility.


Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos


Smurfs in Valorant are increasingly becoming more of a problem. With it being free to make an account, and the conditions for ranked being easy to hit, smurfs are swarming the ladder. Riot are introducing new measures to hopefully curb their impact though.

The smurfs have Valorant’s ranked system all figured out. With no leaderboard to grind for yet, once you hit a high rank and the queue times get long, all you have to do is start a new account, AFK or surrender 20 unrated games in a row, and you’ll be back in the queues in no time.

20 games might sound like forever, but when you’re practically hands-off keyboard for the entire run, it’s a small price to pay to restart the grind. However, it makes the experience unenjoyable for the nine other players in every game on the way up.

Sova standing in Bind defender spawn in Valorant
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Valorant smurfs have been AFKing in spawn for 20 unrated games to unlock their accounts for ranked play.

In the unrated games, it sucks constantly playing 4v5. When the smurfs hit ranked, they’re often miles better than the players they are matched against early. It ruins the game for hundreds of people for every account made.

Riot is aware of this issue, and is looking at closing the loophole in patch 1.14. They want to at least make smurfs work for their alternate accounts by forcing them to win games, not just play them.

“You’ll notice that we are implementing an update in 1.14 that changes the requirements to unlock ranked mode to ‘games won’ rather than ‘games played.’ We hope this will force players who are just spam farming matches to actually participate in play and strive for wins,” developer Sara Dadafshar said in the latest Ask Valorant.

This is coming as Riot launch a mutli-pronged attack on AFK punishments. Queue cooldowns are no longer enough, with Riot considering rank penalties, and even bans, for players who consistently AFK in their games.

“We’re looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

“We want to distinguish between disruptive behaviors that stem from comms and gameplay, and then penalize accordingly.”

They are also keeping their eyes on “intentionally feeding” players, who are just losing 20 games in a row to get their accounts ranked-ready. Riot urged players to report any players that are doing this, as it’ll most likely lead to punishments.