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Riot details Valorant’s Competitive changes coming in Act 3 & beyond

Published: 5/Oct/2020 17:17

by Tanner Pierce

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Riot Games have announced some brand new changes and options coming to their competitive/ranked modes in Valorant and it seems like they’re all going to be popular additions.

Ever since launch, Riot Games seems to be dedicated to changing up Valorant in every way they seem fit, especially with the game’s competitive settings. For example, when Act II started, the developers changed up how the ranked system worked by introducing “Act Ranks”, which were determined by your past nine wins.

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Now that Act III is just around the corner, with the new season releasing on October 13, it’s only fitting that the developers would announce some new features coming to the game’s ranked/competitive modes.

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Riot has announced some major changes to competitive/ranked play in Valorant Act III, including the inclusion of server choice.

On October 5, 2020, Riot Games announced two major changes coming in Act III during a video update released on the game’s official YouTube channel.

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The first is that it is reducing the ranks that you have the possibility of matchmaking with. Currently, you can queue up with players that are six ranks higher and six ranks lower than your current rank. After this update, however, the developers are reducing both of those numbers to three, restricting the pool of players.

This means that players of similar skill levels will be more likely to matchmake with each other, at least in competitive/ranked modes.

The second major change coming to these modes is the ability to choose the server you want to join. The developers did clarify in the video that it won’t “guarantee” that you’ll join the exact server that you wanted, but it does increase the chance.

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Finally, the developers also revealed that they are working on a public, region-based leaderboard for competitive play. Although there’s currently no date for the feature, Riot did confirm that it wouldn’t be coming until at least the start of Episode II of the game’s lifecycle, which is currently on track for launch next year.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.