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How to use the Ares: Valorant weapon guide

Published: 25/May/2020 17:04 Updated: 15/Jun/2020 15:04

by Bill Cooney


Valorant’s Ares is a machine gun that definitely punches above its relatively low price tag. We have all the info you’ll need on one of two Heavies in the game, so you can be prepared for when you eventually take it into a round.

There are 17 different weapons in Valorant, and Riot’s new FPS is already shaping up to be one of those games where you have to know your way around each and every one of them to be able to really compete.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the Ares to see why you shouldn’t let its low price point of 1,600 Credits fool you, as well as giving you all the info you need to mow down enemies in the early rounds when they won’t be expecting it.

What is the Ares?

The weapon is one of two Heavies in Valorant, the other being its much more expensive counterpart, the Odin. But you won’t have to break the bank in order to unlock the Ares and its destructive potential.

It’s magazine holds 50 rounds, which makes it one of the largest in the game. Combine this with a high rate-of-fire and great wall penetration, and it’s easy to see how the Ares can be punishing in the right hands.

Ares’ damage stats

Like its big brother Odin, the Ares is most effective at closer ranges – ideally within 30 meters – because anything longer than that will be affected by the weapon’s damage dropoff. So, each shot to a target’s head at 5 meters away will deal 72 damage, while at 30+ meters the same shot will only deal 67 damage.

You’re not going to be relying on your pinpoint accuracy when using the Ares, either. Full-auto means it’s a bit of a “spray and pray” type of weapon, but you can increase your accuracy by intermittently tapping your fire button instead of holding it down.

That said, the Ares is fairly forgiving as far as Valorant guns go. If you whiff on your first shot or two, you can still have a chance to redeem yourself thanks to its high fire rate (up to 13 rounds/sec) and large magazine. As long as you’re aiming in the general area of their upper torso and head, a good group of shots will seal an opponent’s fate.

Ares’ spray pattern

Being a weapon that relies more on its rate of fire than pure marksmanship, aiming down sights isn’t really necessary with the Ares. While it does provide a hint more accuracy when ADSing, this generally goes unnoticed beyond 15 meters.

In the video below you can see the Ares’ fire pattern, which sways back and forth from left to right as you empty the clip… This happens whether you’re shooting from the hip or aiming down the sights, so if you do open it up and go full auto, be sure to keep a steady hand and pull down slightly on your mouse as you fire to counter the recoil.

As with every other weapon in Valorant, the Ares’ accuracy suffers heavily if you fire it while on the move. The fire rate and large magazine means you could stop moving once you begin firing, but if you can, you should use it from a standstill position — or even attempt to counter-strafe to mitigate the effects of movement inaccuracy!

When to buy the Ares

At only 1,600 credits, the humble Ares is what we like to call a ‘transition weapon.’ By that we mean it can be purchased as a follow-up to pistol rounds, before teams have the opportunity to full-buy.

The machine gun can handle itself just fine during Attacking rounds, but it’s on Defense that the weapon really shines. Its wall penetration paired with the scouting ability of say, Sova, makes it possible to hold doorways and key choke points without ever putting yourself directly in the enemy line of fire.

Best Agent to use the Ares

Knowing where your enemies are coming from is crucial when using the Ares, given its devastating potential to penetrate nearby surfaced. As we just mentioned, Sova is a good fit for the weapon, but nothing can beat Cypher when it comes to keeping track of the enemy team.

Using his camera, you can keep an eye for flanking enemies, while his tripwires will alert you and your team to any opponents getting too close for comfort.

For instance, a few well-placed tripwires in Bathroom near Reactor Site A on Bind, could allow you to take out advancing enemies before they even realize what’s going on.

Cypher’s Ultimate almost makes using the Ares too easy. Once you know the whereabouts of the enemy team, you can find a nice secure place and wait for them to waltz into range before opening up — making this sneaky character an unlikely fit for the loudmouth gun.

Valorant's Cypher. Ares tactics

You’ll usually find yourself choosing between the Spectre and the Ares, since both weapons will set you back 1,600 credits, and are both good alternatives when your team is on a half-buy round.

It’s definitely no Operator, but the Ares does actually have a longer effective range than the Spectre. Plus the weapon’s fifty-round magazine will let you keep firing once your enemies have run dry.

It’s best to let enemies come to you when using the Ares… So locking down choke points from a good, solid position where you can maximize the high fire rate is key!

The Ares is loud above all else. So if you prefer to keep a lower profile, it might be wise to go with the Spectre, given the silenced audio cues (versus being heard halfway across the map). Saying that, if you’ve already ploughed through all your foes, it really doesn’t matter if they heard you or not.


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.