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Riot reveal how many maps and Agents Valorant will have at launch

Published: 9/Apr/2020 1:23 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 17:07

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Games have revealed the total number of maps and playable agents that will be included in Valorant at launch, which beta players could see arrive any time over the next few months.

Valorant’s closed beta launched on April 7 with 10 agents (five being available straight away) and three different maps for players to try out.

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One of the agents available on day one was Raze, who came out the same day with little fanfare attached, but an incredibly powerful kit.

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Raze won’t be the only new agent added to Valorant before launch.

Riot revealed on April 8 that, in addition to the current characters, players would also see two more arrive by launch, but when that will happen or what they’ll be like is unknown.

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That means we’ll have 12 total agents when Valorant comes out of beta sometime this summer. That’s more than Apex Legends had at launch (eight) and slightly less than Overwatch’s 21 heroes at release.

As players learn more about Valorant’s cast of characters and the ways their abilities can be used to determine the outcome of fights, new ones being added will definitely shake things up, even still in beta.

In addition to the new agents, Valorant will also get one more new map before its summer 2020 release date, for a total of four.

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That might not seem like a lot if you come from a game like Overwatch with more than 20 maps, but Valorant’s movement and gunplay are much more similar to a game like CS:GO, which forces you to learn every angle, corner, and detail of each stage.

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Valorant will come with four different stages at launch, with three available at the beta release.

As we said before, an exact timeframe for this new content is unknown, but Riot’s new team-based FPS is set for a 2020 release date, so expect to see them sometime before then.

This could mean that we’ll see less new maps than agents when it comes to Valorant, in the long-term. For now, players will probably just be hyped for any and all new additions.

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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.