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How Valorant contracts will work following Battle Pass release

Published: 29/Apr/2020 20:40

by Bill Cooney

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Riot has given us more information about how Valorant’s upcoming Battle Pass will work alongside Agent contracts when it’s eventually released at launch.

In Valorant, like most other online games, players receive experience points based on how well they and their team do in each match. There are also a few daily challenges that award bonus XP when completed.

This XP is used to unlock new content through the contracts system and will also apply to the battle pass when it eventually gets released, according to Riot.

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Agent contracts give players the chance to unlock cosmetics for their favorite character.

What are contracts in Valorant?

All Valorant players have two contract slots that progress at the same time, so all the XP you earn applies equally to both without having to prioritize say, a new agent, over the battle pass or cosmetic rewards.

The first contract, for new players, will be the “onboarding pass” which comes with 10 tiers to unlock. Completing it rewards two new Agent unlocks, along with a number of cosmetics. After that’s done, players can equip a specific Agent contract to unlock their special rewards.

You can unlock new Agents you don’t have yet by equipping and working your way through their contracts to tier 5, or just purchasing the first five levels to unlock them outright if you want to drop the cash. If you do decide to just purchase a new character, you’ll still have to work your way through tiers 6-10 of their contract, which also contain their unique weapon skins.

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Several agents, including Omen, need to be unlocked before you can play them in beta.

How will contracts work along with the Battle Pass?

We know that Valorant will be getting a Battle Pass, but it won’t be coming out until the game releases from beta sometime during Summer 2020.

When it does release, it will also offer a route to progress and unlock cosmetics by playing Valorant, with both a paid and free option for players.

“The optional extras are designed to personalize your gameplay moments without affecting gameplay,” Valorant’s revenue lead Joe ‘SWAGGERNAU7’ Lee told fans in a blog post, reassuring them that the game won’t be pay-to-win.

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Valorant players are eager to see what’s coming in the battle pass.

One final, important note for new players: you don’t have to be playing as the Agent whose contract you have currently active to earn XP.

So,if you’re grinding your way towards Sage’s Classic pistol, you don’t have to try and lock her in every round to get experience points.

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Summit1G explains the biggest issue with Valorant’s Stinger

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:09

by Jacob Hale

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Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar is a fairly accomplished gamer in many realms and genres — but he has vowed to never use the Stinger SMG in Valorant ever again after a rough go of it.

Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre has been a success, with many top streamers and pro players from other games immediately falling in love with the gameplay and making the switch to it.

Obviously, while the game is fun, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, as any player will attest to, whether it be the Agents’ abilities, bugs, or weapons in the game.

Now, Summit has had it with one particular gun: the Stinger SMG. And he’s promised to never use it again.

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The Stinger is commonly regarded as one of the worst weapons in the game.

While playing as Omen on Haven, Summit’s team was taking a beating, down 11-3, and he decided to buy the Stinger to see if it can help turn the team’s fortunes around.

As luck would have it, his team did actually win the round — no thanks to Summit’s Stinger, though.

“That’s not my aim, that gun sucks d**k,” he said, as his chat started laughing at some of his missed shots. “You shoot that gun for three bullets before it just does what it wants. I will never buy that gun again, dude. I don’t know how people play like this.”

As specified in our guide to the very best weapons in Valorant, the Stinger is arguably one of the worst guns in the game.

The Spectre SMG is far more favorable in its class, so we’ll likely see Summit opt to use that more in the future if he wants a submachine gun and to rush into the thick of the action. At the very least, we know full well that he won’t be touching the Stinger again unless it gets a considerable buff.