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Interactive Valorant map gives a full overview of the first battlefield

Published: 23/Mar/2020 3:08 Updated: 23/Mar/2020 20:02

by Brad Norton

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Valorant’s first battlefield has been turned into a highly detailed interactive map that allows players to familiarize themselves and get an early edge on the competition ahead of the game’s full release.

While the release of Riot’s FPS title could still be quite a ways off, players eagerly anticipating the release of Valorant have been breaking down every frame of footage and every scrap of new information with a fine-tooth comb.

As a result, Blitz has released an early overview of the game’s very first map in association with Riot Games, allowing players to mull over the layout and plan some early strategies.

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Valorant could still be a ways off, but players are already able to take a deep dive into the game’s first full map.

Before you can physically step foot into the world of Valorant, Blitz is allowing you to take in the landscape of the first map in the game.

From an overhead perspective, you can tell the bomb sites are much closer to the defending side of the map than the attacking.

Differing from CSGO in two key ways, defenders are dropped onto the battlefield 30 seconds before the attacking team, and three bomb sites are scattered across the map as opposed to just two.

This allows for a period of fresh strategy as defenders map out exactly where they want to position themselves to best get the jump on advancing enemies.

Additionally, as a 5v5 game, having three bomb sites also means that players will be scattered across larger maps than they may be used to in other titles.

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A full overview of the first map in Valorant.

The sprawling map is labeled in great detail already, giving players an early indication of callouts and hotspots to easily communicate with their teams.

From easily distinguishable ‘connectors’ and ‘tunnels’ to the more original ‘Heaven Stairs’ and even a spot featuring a ‘Gong,’ there’s plenty for players to grow familiar with.

Of note, however, this map overview does not appear to indicate any form of teleporter existing on this particular map. 

Only time will tell just how significant a feature they will become, though based on this official overview, it appears as though at least one map at launch will be free from teleporters.

While Riot has only revealed a single game type for Valorant, focusing around bomb-defusal and round-based action, a number of additional modes will supposedly be in the works shortly after its release

Perhaps the future developments might see the introduction of entirely new maps as well, but for the time being, you can start developing your strategies for the first Valorant map.

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Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos

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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.