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Riot Games reveal Competitive Valorant changes for Act 2 ranks

Published: 27/Jul/2020 16:59 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 17:06

by Michael Gwilliam


Riot Games have announced major changes to Valorant’s Competitive mode ahead of Act 2, along with some significant rank upgrades.

In an official blog post, Riot revealed that going forward, your ninth best wins of the act along with total wins will determine your ‘Act Rank.’

Basically, if you’re in Diamond but end up dropping down to Gold, you’ll still be listed as Diamond for you’re Act Rank — as long as you held Diamond for a minimum of nine wins.

Your Act Rank will also now be a badge on your player card while your “proven skill” will be your ninth-best ranked win of the Act.

Valorant Act Rank
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A mock-up of what your Act Rank will look like.

What is Act Rank?

“As you play, your Act Rank fills with smaller triangles. Each triangle represents your ranked match wins (Gold, Diamond, etc.) over the course of an Act based on the rank you entered the game with,” Riot Senior Producer, Ian ‘Brighteyz’ Fielding, explained.

Wins at higher levels will ultimately push out lower-ranked ones — with the border changing on the thresholds of 9, 25, 50, 75 and 100 wins.

Act 2 will also be introducing an Act Rank badge based off your top nine ranked wins.

Valorant's act rank badge
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Your Act Rank badge is based off your 9 best wins.

What happens at the end of an Act?

Finally, Riot delved into what will happen as an Act concludes. For one, your Act Rank will be saved in your career tab along with all Act One Competitive data.

Now, players will be put back into abridged placements — needing three games to complete instead of five. These placements will reference your MMR from the prior act.

Additionally, your rank will be a “conservative placement” of where the game thinks you’re able to compete.

“Typically, your Match Rank will land a couple of tiers below where you ended the prior Act, but we’ll be increasing how heavily we weigh performance in your early games so you can quickly improve your matchmaking rank if you play well and win.”

Placement games will not have any impact on earning your Act Rank.

Valorant Act One is set to conclude on August 4, 2020.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.