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Riot clarify how Valorant ranks are affected by KDA, wins, and losses

Published: 13/May/2020 20:09

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Games developers have revealed the biggest factor for moving up and dropping down the ranks of Valorant’s competitive mode, and some players might be surprised to learn KDA is less important than they think.

Ranked play in Valorant was released at the end of April for Europe and North America, but since its launch, some players have been a bit confused about how things like kill/death ratio, wins, and losses affect their rank.

As with most other FPS games, Valorant fans treasure a high KDA, but Riot has revealed that a consistent, picture-perfect ratio might not help you rank up any quicker.

In an effort to clear things up, product manager of the Valorant competitive team, Ian Fielding, laid out the quickest way for players to rank up: winning games.

“We’ve heard some concerns from players who feel they need to maximize their KDA (kill-death ratio) to boost their performance evaluation,” Fielding said. “And how doing so is not always aligned with their team winning.”

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Moving through the ranks of Valorant will take more than a nice KDA ratio.

“Let’s be clear: Winning or losing a match has the biggest effect on your rank,” he explained. “If you aim for something other than winning (like KDA), and you lose matches because of it, your rank will trend downward.”

FPS games, including Valorant, are way more fun when you’re playing with a group of friends, but some still feel that the real test of skill lies in solo play. However, Fielding also addressed how Riot is trying to keep solo and group queues on a level playing field.

“If you are playing solo or with smaller group sizes, we’ve worked to make it so our matchmaking will favor placing players against similar premade team sizes,” Fielding wrote. “Also, outside of playing at the highest rank, we’ve included measurement on a small degree of ‘performance’ in determining how your rank increases or decreases. So if you perform exceptionally well and have an outsized contribution to your team’s win, you‘ll rank up faster.”

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Fragging out is definitely fun, but if you’re not working with your team, it won’t make ranking up any easier.

But Riot’s approach to ranked in Valorant, and the lack of a separate solo queue, has rubbed some top-level players the wrong way, including Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca, who had to deal with a similar problem while he was a top-tier Overwatch star.

Dafran does have a point – a lack of a separate queue for solo players means that, at high ranks, you’ll inevitably have to go up against a full squad that’s more familiar with one another than a group of random single players could ever be.

The Overwatch community has had to deal with this issue since release, and a lot of veteran players from other games are disappointed that Riot seems to be taking a similar route. There’s plenty of time left in the beta, but whether or not the Valorant devs decide to change their mind on a separate solo queue remains to be seen.

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All Valorant skin bundles: tiers, weapons, prices

Published: 25/Nov/2020 16:59

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the coolest things about Valorant is the range of beautiful and expertly-crafted skins that you can equip to make your weapons stand out. Here’s a rundown of every skin in Riot Games’ FPS, as well as everything you need to know about them.

Valorant has become one of the most popular FPS games in the world. Drawing influence from games like CS:GO and Overwatch, the game and its esports scene have been an instant success.

Alongside the colorful abilities that make Valorant stand out among competitors, another aspect of the game is its skins. Riot Games have always had a knack for developing beautiful skin designs and executing them flawlessly, and Valorant is no exception.

Below you’ll find a detailed list of what skins are available in Valorant, how they are priced and how to get them. However, we need to start off slow, so let’s begin with the skin tier lists.

Skin Price tier in Valorant

Valorant-skin-tier

Just as in other Riot Games series, skins in Valorant are ranked by tier. Select tier is the lowest and therefore cheapest skin line, with Exclusive sitting at the other end of the scale. Let’s dive right into the base prices for each tier and their associated icons in the store:

  • Select Edition (SE), blue circle: 875 VP (~ $7) per individual skin, 3,500 VP (~$32) per bundle.
  • Deluxe Edition (DE), green rhombus: 1275 VP (~$12) per individual skin, 5,100 (~$47) per bundle.
  • Premium Edition (PE), upside down pink triangle: 1775 VP (~$17) per individual skin, 7,100 VP (~$75) per bundle.
  • Ultra Edition (UE), yellow diamond: 2475 VP (~$25) per individual skin, 9,900 VP (~$100) per bundle.
  • Exclusive Edition (XE), upside down orange pentagon: Varies.

Each skin has its own custom animations, reload, sound effects and death animations. Some can even evolve as you level up your weapon, changing the way that the look and react.

Wait, Valorant has evolving weapon skins?

Oni-Skin-Transformation

The short answer is yes, Valorant has evolving skins, but these are only available for some weapons and skin lines. In order to start levelling up your skins you need to partake in the Battle Pass Challenges and start earning Radianite Points.

We’ve got an extensive guide on Radianite skins right here for you, so make sure you’re up to speed before you start deciding which skins to save up for.

As you level up skins they’ll start to do different things, such as include new animations, sounds and more. The higher your weapon’s level, the cooler the skin, so it’s absolutely worth the grind to be able to flex how hard you’ve worked.

OK great, so where can I buy Valorant skins?

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Skins are available through Battle Pass missions as well as in the store, and often come as all-inclusive bundles upon release.

Individual skins rotate every 24 hours, so if you see something you like it may be worth adding it to your collection.

However, most skins never leave the store so there’s no rush. After all, Riot drop new skins semi-frequently so you never know what’s around the corner!

All Valorant skins from the highest to lowest tier

Below is all of the skins in Valorant listed from highest to lowest tier in alphabetical order. The weapons these skins are available for are beneath each picture.

Exclusive

Singularity (Evolves)

Valorant-Singularity-Skins

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Phantom
  • Sheriff
  • Spectre
  • Melee

Ultra

Elderflame (Evolves)

Elderflame skin collection in Valorant.

Available for:

  • Frenzy
  • Judge
  • Operator
  • Vandal
  • Melee

Premium

Glitchpop 

Valorant-Glitchpop-Skins

Available for:

  • Bulldog
  • Frenxy
  • Judge
  • Odin
  • Melee

*  The Glitchpop bundle costs 8,700VP (~$85), placing it somewhere in between Ultra and Premium tier.

EGO by Onetap (Evolves)

Valorant-Ego-Bundle

Available for:

  • Ghost
  • Guardian
  • Stinger
  • Vandal
  • Melee

G.U.N (Evolves)

GUN-Skin-Bundle

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Classic
  • Operator
  • Spectre
  • Melee

Ion (Evolves)

Valorant-Ion-Collection

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Operator
  • Phantom
  • Sheriff
  • Melee

Nebula

Valorant-Nebula-Bundle

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Guardian
  • Phantom
  • Sheriff
  • Melee

Oni (Evolves)

Valorant-Oni-Skins

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Guardian
  • Phantom
  • Shorty
  • Melee

Prime (Evolves)

Valorant-Prime-Bundle

Available for:

  • Classic
  • Guardian
  • Spectre
  • Vandal
  • Melee

Reaver (Evolves)

Valorant-Reaver-Bundle

Available for:

  • Guardian
  • Operator
  • Sheriff
  • Vandal
  • Melee

Sovereign (Evolves)

Valorant-Sovereign-Skins

Available for:

  • Ghost
  • Guardian
  • Marshal
  • Stinger
  • Melee

Spline (Evolves)

Valorant-Spline-Skins

  • Classic
  • Operator
  • Phantom
  • Spectre
  • Melee

Deluxe

Aristocrat

Valorant-Aristocrat-Bundle

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Bulldog
  • Sheriff
  • Stinger
  • Vandal

Avalanche

Valorant-Avalanche-Skins

Available for:

  • Classic
  • Marshal
  • Phantom
  • Spectre
  • Vandal

Prism

Valorant-Prism-Bundle

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Ghost
  • Operator
  • Phantom
  • Stinger
  • Melee

Sakura

Sakura-Bundle

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Classic
  • Sheriff
  • Stinger
  • Vandal

Select

Convex

Valorant-Convex-Skins

  • Bulldog
  • Judge
  • Operator
  • Sheriff
  • Spectre

Galleria

Valorant-Galleria-Skins

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Classic
  • Guardian
  • Marshal
  • Phantom

Luxe

Valorant-Luxe-Collection

  • Ghost
  • Judge
  • Operator
  • Spectre
  • Vandal

Rush

Valorant-Rush-Skin

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Bulldog
  • Frenzy
  • Judge
  • Phantom

Smite

Valorant-Smite-Bundle

Available for:

  • Classic
  • Judge
  • Odin
  • Phantom
  • Melee

Battlepass Skins

Battlepass skins are earned by purchasing the Battlepass and earning XP. These cannot be bought, so get them before they’re gone!

Act 1

DOT EXE

dot-exe-valorant-skins

Available for:

  • Ghost
  • Judge
  • Odin
  • Vandal

Couture

Valorant-Couture-Skins

Available for:

  • Bulldog
  • Frenzy
  • Marshal
  • Stinger

Kingdom

Valorant-Kingdom-Skins

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Classic
  • Phantom
  • Spectre
  • Melee

Act 2

Hivemind

Valorant-Hivemind-Skins

Available for:

  • Ares
  • Shorty
  • Spectre
  • Vandal
  • Melee

POLYfox

Valorant-Polyfox-Bundle

Available for:

  • Bulldog
  • Guardian
  • Judge
  • Sheriff

Red Alert

Valorant-Red-Alert-Skins

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Classic
  • Operator
  • Stinger

Act 3

Electroflux

Valorant-Electroflux-Skins

Available for:

  • Bucky
  • Classic
  • Sheriff
  • Stinger

Jade

Valorant-Jade-Skins

Available for:

  • Ghost
  • Judge
  • Phantom
  • Spectre

Ruin

Valorant-Ruin-Skins

Available for:

  • Guardian
  • Marshal
  • Shorty
  • Vandal
  • Melee