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Riot will fix ‘rough’ Valorant RNG for repeating maps in matchmaking

Published: 10/Sep/2020 21:56 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 22:00

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are going to fix an issue with Valorant’s matchmaking that assigns the same map to players for multiple matches in a row.

The developers said that they’re going to address the map selector’s RNG (random number generator) that determines which arena people drop into after finding a match. Riot is aiming to have a solution that will expand the scope of this RNG to allow for more map diversity in the game.

This will prevent people from landing on, say, Split for the duration of their games on a given day, with some people even trying to find solutions or workarounds for repeatedly getting the same maps.

While the Valorant community has been contending with this for some time, Riot Games Director Joseph Ziegler announced a new development in the works for the map selection system in the game.

“For everyone having a rough night where you get the same map too many times in a row: We’re working on a solution to make the map selector less likely to RNG you into the same map over and over,” Ziegler wrote.

It should be noted, since the Ignition Series launched, there are only four maps in Valorant; that includes Ascent, Bind, Haven, and the aforementioned Split. While some have posed that the solution could be fixed by introducing new maps, the devs are going to tackle what could be the root of the problem.

Players have been expressing their concerns with Valorant’s matchmaking map selector for months, attributing the problem to bugs or simply having bad luck.

The community have even invented alternate ways to tackle the issue, with popular DJ Anton ‘Zedd’ Zaslavski even throwing an idea into the mix.

“Maybe there could be a max amount of times you can play a map in a row (maybe three times max?) at which point a map-change is forced?” Zedd wrote. “I personally like that you CAN’T pick a map (also keeps cue times shorter). It prevents people from five-stacking and ranking up off of one individual map a bit.”

Zedd touched on the popular notion of introducing a matchmaking system from games like CS:GO into Valorant, in which someone can select which specific map to queue up for.

Riot hasn’t alluded to implementing something like that into Valorant, so the community will be hopeful that the RNG fix will mend the issues with the map selector as soon as it’s implemented.


Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 NA and Europe: Streams, format, schedule

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:33

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is kicking off in 2021 with Stage 1. There’s plenty of action to come, so here’s the NA & EU VCT stream, schedule and more!

  • EU & NA Stage 1 Challenger events run from February 4 – 7.
  • Slots in the Stage 1 Masters tournament are on the line.
  • 100 Thieves and Team Heretics primed to defend their regional titles.

It’s Valorant Champions Tour time! If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here, and if you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need!

Valorant Champions Tour: Streams

The Valorant Champions Tour will be streamed on both the official Valorant Twitch, as well as the two regional channels. We have embedded those below for your convenience.

VCT NA: Stream

VCT EU: Stream

VCT NA & EU: Schedule

Both NA and EU’s Stage 1 kick off on February 4. While the times have not yet been released, all the dates you need are listed below:

VCT Stage 1 NA dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: February 18-21
  • Challengers 3: March 4-7
  • Masters: March 13-21

VCT Stage 2 EU dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: TBA
  • Challengers 3: TBA
  • Masters: TBA

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams will battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
Riot Games
The VCT promises to be a year long Valorant fiesta!

VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1: NA & Europe teams

In Europe, teams like G2 Esports, Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, will be looking to snatch the glory from reigning First Strike champions Team Heretics.

Across the Atlantic in North America, 100 Thieves have a target on their back with TSM, Sentinels and Cloud9 Blue all keen on taking down the First Strike winners.