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Riot dev reveals plans for ranked mode in Valorant closed beta

Published: 11/Apr/2020 10:33 Updated: 12/Apr/2020 9:09

by Andy Williams


Valorant Game Developer Joe Ziegler has revealed Riot Games’ plans to incorporate a ‘Rated’ mode in their tactical shooter during the closed beta.

With big names from all corners of the esports world flooding into Valorant’s beta servers, Riot’s new tactical shooter has quickly become the hottest new FPS on the market months before its official launch.

While high-fidelity, tactical gameplay is at the forefront of Riot’s priorities, there have been some complaints about their skill-based matchmaking system and its consistency from game-to-game.

Valorant gameplay on Bind.
Riot Games
Valorant’s in-game mechanics reward skill over luck/better internet, as Riot have tackled online gaming’s biggest task head on.

One match you could be facing an evenly matched team, while in the next you could completely flush your opponent out of the server.

Of course, the unpredictability of matchmaking with a casual player baser is hard to factor into that, so players looking for a more challenging and competitive experience would usually turn to a competitive or ranked playlist.

Of course, with Valorant still not Riot’s finished product, there are plenty more features to come both throughout the beta and at launch.

But a ‘Rated’ playlist could be in the works much sooner than anticipated, as Ziegler revealed that testing for the mode is “coming in a couple weeks.”

As of right now, all players are pooled into one matchmaking queue, which means that those looking for a more competitive experience are having to rely on luck of the draw, since a global SBMM algorithm has so many more variables to factor.

But with a Rated mode in the works, plenty of Valorant’s player base will be keen to sharpen up their skills to earn the best possible rank before the game’s official launch. Progress is unlikely to carry over from the beta into the full game however.

Valorant rating system.
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Each of Valorant’s ratings come with their own distinct badge to sport inside the server.

Those keeping tabs will have already clocked that the Valorant ‘ratings’ have already been released, with Riot ranging players from ‘Mercenary’ all the way up to ‘Immortal.’

If you’re still looking to get into the Valorant closed beta, check out our guide on how to get a Valorant closed beta drop on Twitch.


G2 Mixwell explains how Valorant saved his career

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:11

by Nate Searl


G2 Mixwell has discussed how he went from the top of the CS:GO scene to almost losing his career, and then to becoming a Valorant pro. 

Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Canellas was once a household name in the CS:GO community. The former pro for OpTic Gaming won the ELEAGUE Season 2 Championship back in 2016. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst when OpTic tried to rebuild its roster around him.

OpTic would go on to release Mixwell and his career never quite recovered. He attempted playing for multiple teams after this, including Cloud9, but was never able to succeed as he did with OpTic. He took a break from CS:GO in 2020, and that’s when he discovered Valorant.

G2 Mixwell
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Mixwell playing Valorant for G2

Mixwell switches to Valorant

The former CS:GO pro discovered his love for Valorant in the beta. “The game was really fun to me, I could play 10 hours a day like I used to play CS before and I wasn’t tired of playing it, and that’s a thing I couldn’t do in CS anymore,” he said in an interview with theScore esports.

Valorant helped reignite Mixwell’s love for gaming and esports after burning out on CS:GO. So, he decided to make the decision to retire from CS:GO and make the switch to Valorant. “I think I decided pretty early but I didn’t want to say it because I wanted to shock people more.”

It didn’t take long for esports organizations to notice how good Mixwell was. He then helped form the G2 roster, which absolutely dominated the early Valorant professional scene in Europe. G2 swept both Fun Plus Pheonix and NiP to win the Blast Twitch Invitational, with none other than Mixwell at the helm.

In the final match, G2 beat Fun Plus Pheonix again to take the crown. Mixwell had a great 1 v 2 clutch in the final game that helped secure the win for his team. While his Valorant career is just beginning, it looks like he’s going to have a bright future in the game.

One thing is certain, Valorant helped the former CS:GO pro revitalize his career in an exciting fashion, and you can expect to see a lot more jaw-dropping plays from him in the future.