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Riot dev teases future Valorant Agent pick-ban system

Published: 12/Sep/2020 11:13 Updated: 12/Sep/2020 11:16

by Andy Williams


With Valorant’s Agent pool set to expand exponentially over the next few Episodes, Riot have hinted towards the potential introduction of a character drafting system, as seen in Dota 2.

While raw gun skill will get you so far in Future Earth, the difference between good and great players is often their ability to utilize their Agent effectively.


With each Agent having four abilities and unique traits at their disposal, being able to appropriately use these in the most critical portions of a round is often the difference between winning and losing.

And with far more Agents set to be added into Valorant’s roster of characters, it looks like a drafting system of sorts might be in the pipeline to help manage the ever-expanding pool of Agents.

Valorant Agent silhouettes.
Riot Games
As it stands, you can’t see your opponents’ Agent picks until you’ve already selected your character.

Riot tease Agent drafting

As it stands, building the optimal Agent composition is mainly reliant on map choice. While this differs slightly at the pro level, there is no direct way of strategizing your Agent pick to counter your opponent.

But with Riot looking to add more characters into each role — with five to six per category on the cards — having the ability to plot against your opposite number before you’re even in the server would add an extra tactical layer to Future Earth’s action. And it looks like Riot may be turning to Valve’s MOBA for inspiration in this department.

“Dota 2 is a great example to me, because each unit is unique, but drafting at the highest levels is about building the right toolbox (or so I think from my armchair),” Pwyff opened. “If you have a good, winning strategy, you can draft the S-tier Hero for that strategy, but if it’s banned, you start picking up the A and B-tier Heroes who, when put together, can still do that function.If Valorant is more like that, I can see it supporting a much larger ecosystem of Agents.”

Drafting Heroes in Dota 2.
There is an entire meta just in the Hero picks and bans within Dota 2.

The concept of Agent drafting via a pick-ban system was met with open arms by one Redditor, who replied: “Great to hear you’re pro for drafting in this game. I love drafting and [in my opinion] it’s a pretty undervalued skill in games. It’s also fairly neglected, which is sad.”

Of course, we’re a long way before the sheer volume of Agents is remotely close to the number of Heroes in Dota. But with that said, having a pre-game drafting system is a feature that could work in Valorant as soon as each Agent category begins to fill out a little more.


Andbox wins NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational: final results

Published: 19/Oct/2020 1:40 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 1:45

by Andrew Amos


Nerd Street Gamers partnered up with Renegades to put on a Valorant Invitational tournament that featured 16 of the best North American teams. With $10,000 up for grabs, there was more than just pride on the line.

Waiting for First Strike and need a healthy dose of competitive Valorant action? The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational was full of insane highlights and crazy results. It should be plenty to hold you over until the next Riot-backed event.


It was the first time fans of North American Valorant were able to see the new-look rosters after the Ignition Series shuffle.

The all-new T1 squad with DaZeD and Spyder made its debut, as well as Immortals after some of their stars took off to NRG and 100 Thieves.


For everything you need to know about the NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational, from who won, to where you can rewatch specific maps, we’ve got you covered.

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational recap

Ahead of Riot’s First Strike event, this 10K Invitational gave us our first look at a number of overhauled rosters. Perhaps the most intriguing of all, was T1’s recently finalized lineup boasting Counter-Strike Veterans and one of the best aimers in Overwatch history. Their run could not have started any better.

They closed out both of their matchups in Group D without dropping a map. From here, it was straight onto the quarterfinals, though they couldn’t quite keep the momentum up on day two of the competition. Immortals came through with a swift 2-0 before advancing all the way through to the grand finals.


Ultimately, the final showdown in the Invitational put the Immortals roster against Andbox. Bind was the map in the series and it was over in a flash as Andbox cruised through to a  13-7 victory. Up next came Split as things were a little closer this time around.

While Immortals put up more rounds in this map, even taking things to overtime, it was still Andbox that secured the win and therefore, took home the trophy.

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational results

Saturday, October 17

Group A

Round Match PT ET BST
Opening Round Gen.G 1 – 0 beastcoast 10am 1pm 6pm
Opening Round Immortals 1 – 0 Rise 10am 1pm 6pm
Winners’ Match Gen.G 2 – 1 Immortals 11am 2pm 7pm
Elimination Match beastcoast 1 – 0 Rise 11am 2pm 7pm
Decider Match Immortals 2 – 1 beastcoast 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm

Group B

Round Match PT ET BST
Opening Round Cloud9 0 – 1 Andbox 10am 1pm 6pm
Opening Round Equinox 0 – 1 Complexity 10am 1pm 6pm
Winners’ Match Andbox 2 – 0 Complexity 11am 2pm 7pm
Elimination Match Cloud9 1 – 0 Equinox 11am 2pm 7pm
Decider Match Complexity 0 – 2 Cloud9 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm

Group C

Round Match PT ET BST
Opening Round FaZe 1 – 0 Mamba Mode 10am 1pm 6pm
Opening Round Luminosity 0 – 1 Spacestation 10am 1pm 6pm
Winners’ Match FaZe 2 – 1 Spacestation 11am 2pm 7pm
Elimination Match Mamba Mode 1 – 0 Luminosity 11am 2pm 7pm
Decider Match Spacestation 0 – 2 Mamba Mode 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm

Group D

Round Match PT ET BST
Opening Round T1 1 – 0 Time In 10am 1pm 6pm
Opening Round Renegades 0 – 1 Moon Racoons 10am 1pm 6pm
Winners’ Match T1 2 – 0 Moon Racoons 11am 2pm 7pm
Elimination Match Time In 1 – 0 Renegades 11am 2pm 7pm
Decider Match Moon Raccons 2 – 0 Time In 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm

Sunday, October 18

Round Match PT ET BST
Quarter Final Gen.G 0 – 2 Moon Racoons 10am 1pm 6pm
Quarter Final Andbox 2 – 0 Mamba Mode 10am 1pm 6pm
Quarter Final FaZe 0 – 2 Cloud9 10am 1pm 6pm
Quarter Final T1 0 – 2 Immortals 10am 1pm 6pm
Semi Final Moon Racoons 1 – 2 Andbox 12:30pm 3:30pm 8:30pm
Semi Final Cloud 9 1 – 2 Immortals 12:30pm 3:30pm 8:30pm
Grand Final Andbox 2 – 0 Immortals 3pm 6pm 11pm

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational final placements

Placing Team Prize Money (USD)
1 Andbox $6,000
2 Immortals $3,000
3-4 Cloud 9 $1,000
3-4 Moon Racoons
5-8 Gen.G Esports
5-8 Mamba Mode Gaming
5-8 FaZe Clan
5-8 T1
9-12 beastcoast
9-12 Complexity
9-12 Spacestation
9-12 Time In
13-16 Rise
13-16 Equinox
13-16 Luminosity
13-16 Renegades

NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational stream

The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational was streamed on the Nerd Street Gamers Twitch account. The action kicked off at 10am PT / 1pm ET on both October 17 and 18. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.


NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational teams

The NSG x Renegades Valorant Invitational featured some of North America’s best talent. The stacked T1 roster, Cloud9, Gen.G, FaZe Clan, and Immortals were the definite headliners. Renegades, of course, sent their own squad as well.


There was also some rising stars that looked to disrupt the power rankings. Andbox and Spacestation Gaming made it through the open qualifiers, while Luminosity looked to build on a solid run against the best of the best.

Team Players
Renegades retrQ, Cp2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP
Cloud9 TenZ, Relyks, mitch, shinobi, vice
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
Luminosity Gaming thief, aproto, Venerated, Ksiaze, stellar
Rise riku, Spirit, ChurmZ, anger, Ange
Gen.G effys, gMd, huynh, MkaeL, PLAYER1
Equinox Esports DXN, Dcop, Paincakes, cute fat boy, mina
Complexity ohai, agm, Xp3, sharky, JonahP
Mamba Mode Gaming chase, zecK, Critical, Osias, TBD
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Spacestation Gaming kaplan, roca, sSef, insky, Boostio
beastcoast Elevate, jammyz, TiGG, bdog, YaBoiDre
Moon Racoons Rebo, Temperature, Fiend, aleksandar, Shawn12590
Andbox ANDROID, yay, b0i, seb, POACH
Time In Ninja, Kurt, Morg, Grego, Dani

While this tournament may be over, be on the lookout for plenty of top-level Valorant action coming up soon. Riot’s First Strike event is right around the corner.