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Riot Games dev confirms changes coming to Valorant’s top rank

Published: 4/Jul/2020 11:08

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games are working on a way of recognizing Valorant’s cream of the crop, as more players push towards the highly coveted Radiant rank in Competitive.

After the introduction of a fully-fledged Competitive mode in Patch 1.02, Valorant players have been grinding their way towards the top rank.

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Radiant rank is a way of recognizing the very best in your Valorant region. While only a select few have managed to achieve Radiant status, some are beginning to raise concerns that the rank itself is flawed.

As it stands, there is no way to filter between different skill levels within Radiant (which will be comprised of both recreational and professional players alike). Essentially, this issues a distinct skill-gap within the very highest rank.

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After hitting Radiant, players have essentially hit their ‘Valorant ceiling.’

One player who shared these concerns was G2 Esports’ captain, Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañellas. The Spaniard raised his concerns about a number of missing features in a Tweet, one of which was to include an “Elo system in Radiant like in League of Legends.”

Valorant’s Game Director, Joe Ziegler, responded to Mixwell’s request to implement an Elo system — a formula which calculates the relative skill level of players, to ensure games are evenly matched (even at the highest rank).

“We’re working on plans for something like this but don’t have an ETA. Definitely interested in giving players a chance to see who’s the best of the best.”

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Given the disparity of skill within Radiant, it comes as no surprise that Riot are already looking into introducing a system that filters skill level within the highest rank.

While Ziegler didn’t specifically give an indication of how long we’ll have to wait before such a feature is added, Valorant’s cream of the crop will take comfort in knowing that it’s on the developer’s radar at the very least.

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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.