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

Published: 4/Jul/2020 11:08

by Andy Williams


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.

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.

Valorant's Competitive ranks.
Riot Games
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.”

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.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.