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How to rank up Valorant Battle Pass fast: Level guide

Published: 4/Jun/2020 18:00 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 15:13

by Brad Norton

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With each new Act in Valorant comes an all-new Battle Pass filled to the brim with exclusive items. Here’s a full rundown on the most effective ways to rapidly boost your experience gains throughout the latest Act.

From unique weapons skins to a heap of Radianite points, there’s plenty up for grabs in the Act 3 Battle Pass. Players that grind experience will gain access to over 50 unique items from both the premium and free tier unlocks.

If you’re consistently playing every single day throughout the next few weeks, you should have no issue maxing out your Battle Pass. However, if you’re looking to get the most XP out of every moment you have with Valorant, here’s a full guide on how you can quickly unlock tiers.

Valorant Act 3 guide with Skye
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The Act 3 Battle Pass comes boasting new skins, sprays, gun buddies, and plenty more.

Daily and Weekly Missions in Valorant

The first step to maximizing your experience might seem obvious. But if you want to reach tier 50 as soon as possible, completing Daily and Weekly Missions should be your top priority. Act 3 allows for two Daily Missions and three Weekly Missions. These can differ wildly in terms of difficulty and time to complete.

Some might require you to play a certain number of games in a week, others might ask for a set amount of kills in 24 hours. Each Mission comes with a ton of experience though, so you never want to miss out on these. Most Daily objectives provide 2,000XP each, while Weekly Missions can range from 8,000XP to 12,000XP. 

Daily Bounties can often be blitzed through in a game or two. If you’re able to log on and grind every night in a week, you’re looking at 28,000XP just from dailies. With an additional 28,000 or so experience from the weeklies. That’s enough in and of itself to push you through multiple tiers of the Episode 1 Battle Pass.

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Pay close attention to your Daily and Weekly Missions in Valorant.

What exactly impacts experience gains in Valorant? 

Whether you’re playing subpar or top-fragging every single game with MVP-caliber performances, XP gains remain the same. While you’ll definitely be cruising through Missions a lot quicker with better games, the experience is entirely determined by the rounds played and rounds won.

For each round in Valorant’s Unrated playlist, you’ll net 100XP no matter what. If you happen to win that round as well, you’ll earn an additional 200XP. Therefore, the longer the game, the more experience you’ll earn overall.

In the absolute best-case scenario, where a game goes the distance into overtime, you’ll walk away with 5,100XP. 2,500 for the 25 rounds played and 2,600 for the 13 rounds won. Focus on winning each round with your team instead of looking for kills or flashy plays. A quad spray or an ace won’t change your XP gains, but winning every round certainly will.

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The absolute best-case scenario for XP gains is a sudden death victory.

Which Valorant game mode is the most efficient?

Valorant launched with an all-new Battle Pass, but it also came boasting an entirely new game mode in Spike Rush. The fast-paced mode offers a less intense option and matches are over in just a few quick rounds. However, experience gains are mostly balanced out.

While Spike Rush can be blitzed through in around 10 minutes on average, a typical game may only net you 1,000XP. Compared to the potential gains in Valorant’s standard mode, it’s not the most effective use of your time. 

That’s not to say that Spike Rush is entirely useless though. The mode can come in handy when warming up. The same can be said for the Deathmatch mode as well. Instead of shooting bots in the Practice Range for no XP at all, you could play a few games of Spike Rush or Deathmatch. Even if you’re just refining your aim for the day, you’ll still be racking up XP with each ‘warm-up’ round. Below is a list of total XP gains for each mode in Valorant.

XP gains for each mode in Valorant:

  • Unrated – 100XP per round played + 200XP per round win
  • Competitive – 100XP per round + 200XP per round win
  • Spike Rush – 1,000XP
  • Deathmatch – 900XP
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Playing to win will see an uptick in XP gains.

Playing longer games and always gunning for the win is how you’ll maximize XP gains in Valorant. Don’t be discouraged by a negative KD or a lack of highlight-worthy plays. 

So long as you’re always striving to win each and every round with your team, experience will come quicker than ever.

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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

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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
Fnatic
OG

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!