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Riot reveal plans for practice modes in Valorant while queuing

Published: 8/Oct/2020 21:09 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 21:15

by Alan Bernal


One of the most requested features in Valorant is queuing up for matchmaking while warming up in The Range, but Riot have other plans as it pertains to practice modes leading up to your games.

While the studio believes “the tech is feasible” to give players room in the practice range as they’re waiting to find a lobby in matchmaking, Lead Games Mode Producer Jared Berbach feels that the resources needed to accomplish that are better suited for other features.

“The tech is feasible to let you jump into the practice range while queuing,” Berbach said. “But we’ve been reluctant to pursue this because it is straight up not efficient for what it’s accomplishing and we’re more excited about alternatives.

“Here’s why: A practice range ‘match’ is currently just as expensive for us to run on the server side as a standard 5v5 match, but the effort is about 10x less efficient per player because it is only serving one player at a time.”

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Riot will be integrating more practice tools for Valorant in the future.

For the time being, a seamless transition between the Range and a matchmade lobby for players isn’t in the cards. But Riot might be working on the next best thing as it pertains to refining your aim before putting it into application in Valorant.

Berbach teased that those ‘alternatives’ that they’ve been eyeing could possibly include an integrated aim trainer that people could use while in queue.

There isn’t any info on how it would work, look, or play, but the mode is on the company’s radar to actualize sometime in the future.

“I mentioned a possible simple aim trainer that can scratch the trigger itch, and that could be a step to a future solution where you queue for something like FFA Deathmatch,” Berbach said in the Ask Valorant blog.

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FPS players use different ways to practice their aim, and Valorant could soon have more features to facilitate that.

Although the dev did say that there’s a “bunch of prerequisite tech” to get in line before realizing their aim trainer, a more immediate update could let Valorant players join free-for-all Deathmatch games in progress.

Riot is aiming to let people join live Deathmatch lobbies in early 2021, though that could easily change as development gets underway.

Competitive FPS players usually like to have a combination of joining in-progress Deathmatch games or having practice tools like KovaaK 2.0, Aim Lab, Aimbeast, etc., to warm up their tracking before a Ranked match.

Valorant players should temper expectations, however, since Berbach is only talking up a “simple” aim trainer for now. In either case, it’ll be a welcomed addition for people looking to refine their skills before loading into a game.

Among Us

Mako and CouRage made Ninja ‘rage quit’ hilarious game of Among Us

Published: 27/Oct/2020 22:52

by Alan Bernal


Expert trolls and fellow 100 Thieves streamers CouRage and Mako had their fun with Ninja during an Among Us stream that made the world’s most popular gamer ‘rage quit’ in disbelief with what he was seeing.

Anyone who’s stepped into the shoddy facilities in Among Us knows that the game can devolve into hilarious antics to either convince people of your evidence or throw people off the trail.

While matches with strangers can sometimes morph into really sweaty games, playing with friends or acquaintances is where the fun really starts to heat up as you get to know everyone’s quirks and tells.

But knowing your enemy can also open the door to explosive moments, especially if you know what makes a particular person erupt in madness.

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The vote was split, no one was ejected, and Ninja wasn’t having it.

Well it looks like Ninja and company weren’t on the same page during one match, which gave way to an excellent moment in CouRage’s channel where the Red crew member ‘rage quit’ in a losing battle.

The game was down to just five crew members with two imposters still alive when a dead body was reported. This was basically matchpoint for the imposters if no one in the party got voted off or if the wrong person gets chosen.

“I screamed at the top of my lungs after I said ‘I passed.’ I put sus on Froste again but I f***ing passed, and the ones who voted him were Orange, Purple, and Pink,” Ninja protested as he presented his evidence.

This pivotal moment wasn’t lost on Ninja but – by the sound of it – the lobby was already tainted from previous games, which amounted to jokes and jabs going unrecognized within the actual discourse to find the imposter.

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After crew members cast their votes, however, no one was ejected. He blew his lid at that point, since it gave the imposters a clear path to victory.

Apparently Ninja rage quit by leaving his Red crew member idle in the lost game, and CouRage said he even through his headset. Ninja later found out that the person he voted for, the Pink player, was indeed an imposter.

This is exactly the kind of tortuous gameplay that Among Us players equally love and hate, but this round didn’t quite go Ninja’s way.