Riot dev promises “top to bottom” overhaul of Valorant ranked system - Dexerto

Riot dev promises “top to bottom” overhaul of Valorant ranked system

Published: 14/Aug/2020 6:03

by Andrew Amos


Despite getting a revamp in Act 2, Valorant’s ranked system is still coming under wide-spread criticism. Riot are vowing to rework the system again though, promising a “top to bottom” overhaul soon.

Valorant’s ranked system has come under a lot of fire. The first system in Act 1 was criticized for not being clear to players how close they were to promoting or demoting, and feeling like an endless grind near the top.

In Act 2, Riot tried to clear things up with a more visual representation. This hasn’t helped though. Pros and casuals alike have shunned the system for being meaningless and messy.

Valorant Act 2 rank system
Riot Games
Valorant’s reworked ranked system has come under fire for not fixing most of the community’s issues.

There’s been plenty of solutions in the past. Introduce a visible SR system like Overwatch, or Siege MMR. Have a League of Legends-style solo queue separate from ranked to avoid five-stack boosting.

None of these have been implemented yet, and with the negative reception to recent changes, Riot are going back to the drawing board again.

Lead developer Joe Ziegler has vowed to players that redesigning the ranking system ⁠— again ⁠— is their top priority. This time though, they are tackling it from “top to bottom,” and they are looking for more community feedback.

“Hey everyone, on the design side we are currently analyzing the ranking system top to bottom. We’re looking into changes that will improve many aspects of competitive, but have not committed to any solutions yet. Thanks to everyone for their feedback,” he said on August 13.

Ziegler didn’t share any of the ideas currently in consideration. It could be yet another total overhaul, or some fine-tuned adjustments to make the experience better.

However, the mere concept that Riot are looking at competitive again has got players excited. Pros and casuals have put in their own recommendations, from post-Act rewards, to leaderboards, and solo queue.

“I’m not sure if this question was ever addressed but do you guys plan on introducing end-of-act rewards outside of the border we receive in our career tab,” T1’s Sonii asked.

“Please bless the pros with a leaderboard or something, solo-duos, and please let me play [with] Immortal players and not wait two hours,” TSM’s Subroza added.

Riot don’t have a timeline for when the ranked changes will be shipped. The ranked update could come later in Act 2, although it’s more likely Riot are looking at yet another change for Act 3, or even beyond the Ignition chapter. We will update you once more information arises.


Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.