Riot to replace Valorant’s top rank with new title after full release

Published: 28/May/2020 8:51

by Brad Norton


Valorant’s top-tier rank – confusingly labeled ‘Valorant’ throughout the closed beta – will be getting a highly-requested name change upon the full release.

With Valorant’s Tuesday, June 2 release date right around the corner, Riot has addressed one crucial tweak that competitive players can expect at launch. A number of fixes are already set to go live on day one of the full release, but this particularly nagging problem had been left unanswered until now.

After weeks of backlash towards the top Valorant rank sharing the same name as the game, an adjustment is on the way. Though what exactly will the new label be?

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An overview of the current ranks in Valorant’s competitive mode.

“When we were brainstorming these names, Valorant seemed like a really awesome choice for the top rank,” senior designer Sean Szopinski said in an interview with Polygon. It stands atop Immortal and all other ranks as the single most alluring goal in Valorant’s competitive playlist.

However, he acknowledged that after a few weeks of the general public going hands-on, the label became “a bit confusing.” Referring to a group of players using the same name as the full title, came with its fair share of complications. “We get it. I get,” Szopinski reassured. “We’ll change it for launch.”

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Ranks will be reset once Valorant transitions from closed beta to the full release.

The replacement title wasn’t revealed, so players will have to wait until the full release to learn the new name. It could fall in line with League of Legends’ Challenger ranking, or be something entirely new just for Valorant.

A label change isn’t all that’s on the way for competitive players though. The developer also teased that higher-tier players will soon have something more to grind for, other than just reaching the top rank.

“As for showing specific rating for top players, this is something that we have discussed a lot and will eventually be part of Valorant’s Competitive Ecosystem,”

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Higher-tier players should have more to look forward to soon.

Former Overwatch League professional and popular streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca recently slammed the game’s ranked mode. Arguing that there’s “nothing” to do once reaching the Valorant rank.

It appears as though Riot is fully aware of these concerns, however. The developers are not only lining up a name change, but also changing how high-tier players can flex their accomplishments.



How to watch Valorant Red Bull Home Ground: Stream, schedule & more

Published: 21/Jan/2021 15:50 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 16:33

by Alan Bernal


Red Bull’s Valorant Home Ground invitational is bringing a new format to Future Earth. Europe’s best teams will go head-to-head for the first time in 2021 to compete for the lion’s share of $29,000.

  • Teams like G2 Esports, Team Liquid & more competing
  • Cash prize pool of $29,000
  • Teams select their favored map as their ‘home ground’ for the event

Valorant’s esports scene has been quiet for too long, so when Red Bull: Home Ground was announced with some of Europe’s best teams, the excitement soon snowballed.

Revolutionizing how matches unfold, Red Bull have added introduced the concept of ‘home ground’ advantage to Valorant. Teams select their own preferred map before the event kicks off, and that will act as their permanent pick for the event.

Red Bull Home Ground: Stream

The event will be streamed via Red Bull’s official Twitch channel, where they will also upload VODs of the action after it unfolds.

Red Bull Home Ground: Format & schedule

An open qualifier will run from January 23-24, where one team will battle for a chance to face Europe’s best.

From here, the main event will unfold between January 28-31, where the qualifier will battle it out against the other teams listed below.

Each match is a best-of-five, unless a team wins on both their map choice and the opponents (dubbed their ‘home ground’) — therefore ending the series at 2-0.

As soon as the times are locked in, the schedule will be right here for you.

Red Bull Home Ground: Teams

Event favorites G2 Esports will be debuting with their new fifth member, Aleksander ‘zeek’ Zygmunt. Meanwhile, Ninjas in Pyjamas will be looking to cause an upset with former CS:GO pro, Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans.

Team Players
G2 Esports Ardiis Mixwell paTiTek pyth zeek
Team Liquid ec1s Kyyptix L1NK ScreaM soulcas
Ninjas in Pyjamas rhyme CREA chiwawa Jady Ex6TenZ
SUMN FC Boaster doma Mistic Moe40 tsack
Futbolist marqnue mag0o mojj SasuKe STERBEN
Guild Esports bonkar Yacine ziz draken Sayf
Special Guest x x x x x
Open Qualifier  x x x x x