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Riot explain why Valorant won’t be getting Agent & map bans for now

Published: 3/Jul/2020 2:54

by Andrew Amos

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Will Valorant be getting Agent & map bans? Not for the foreseeable future, with Riot ruling out the possibility on July 2, saying that without them “the game state is healthier.”

Agent and map bans have been a contentious point of discussion in the Valorant community. With only 11 Agents to choose from right now, and four maps, there’s little room to fit a proper drafting system.

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However, as the game expands, and the system becomes more complicated, things might change. The devs have been quizzed on this numerous times, notwithstanding a July 2 dev post asking the same question ⁠— “Will there be a pick and ban system with Agents and maps?”

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Agent bans have been leveled as a possible counter to broken characters.

Riot has knocked back both suggestions for now though. “We’ve considered a draft phase for Agents, but the current thinking is that we would not have bans,” said Senior Game Designer Trevor Romleski.

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Romleski outlined Riot wants players to express themselves in different ways, especially during the early days of Valorant. This skill expression, and testing with certain Agents, would be lost if bans were implemented.

“We expect teams to have set plays and strategies that will require very specific Agents. Banning an Agent would invalidate that entire strategy, and we don’t want to discourage practice.

“Bans often remove a players’ star Agent and we want players who are exceptional at certain Agents to be able to play them and show off their skills with them,” he added.

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He also stated the devs want to take a different approach to Agent balance, rather than giving players the tools to take them out of every game. Instead of forcing players to ban overpowered Agents, they will be constantly monitoring how each agent is shaping up.

“Because Valorant doesn’t have hard counters in the form of Agents, we think the game state is healthier if we’re held accountable to ensuring no Agent or Agent-facilitated strategy becomes so oppressive or unsolvable that a ban is the only choice,” he stated.

While he didn’t touch on map bans in the question, it seems like for now, there won’t be any in-client support for changing what maps you can queue up for. This might change in the future, however.

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Similar systems have been implemented in rival titles to Valorant. Overwatch’s hero pools and ban system looked to curb some of the game’s balance issues, but only seemed to exacerbate them.

Map-wise, CS:GO players can choose what maps they’d like to queue for when they line up for Competitive games. Rainbow Six: Siege is also implementing a map ban system later in 2020.

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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.