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How to change your Valorant username

Published: 27/May/2020 18:02 Updated: 27/May/2020 18:04

by Andrew Amos

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Signed up for Valorant but don’t have the name you want? Maybe you want to change your current ID? There’s only one way you can change your name in Riot’s FPS, but thankfully, it’s super easy ⁠(and free) to do.

Your gamertag is you. When you can’t get access to your preferred username in a specific game, it can be pretty rough. Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about that in Valorant.

While you might not get the name you desire when you first sign up for Riot Games’ new FPS title, you’ll be able to change it to whatever you desire ⁠— as long as you follow a couple of simple steps.

How to set your Valorant alias

To first set your Valorant username, you have to sign up for a Riot ID. This means making an account on Legends of Runeterra or League of Legends, if you haven’t done so already ⁠— but you don’t need to play either game. Once you make your account, you’ll have access to Valorant and setting your username.

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You can make Riot accounts on the League of Legends and Legends of Runeterra sites.

Your original Valorant name will be the ID you signed up to Riot Games with. If you play League of Legends already however, it’ll copy your Summoner Name.

Changing your Valorant alias

If you don’t like the username you have from launch, or have had a change of heart, you can update it for free. You’ll need to close down Valorant (if you have it open), and log into your Riot account in your browser of choice.

Go to the Riot ID tab, and click on the pen next to your current name. You can then set a new name and a unique hashtag of up to five characters. If your name is unique, you won’t need to bother about setting a hashtag ⁠— it’ll just default to your region.

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You can change your Riot ID for free once a month.

You can only update your Riot ID once a month, so be sure to get it right. After that, you can relaunch Valorant and it should be updated automatically.

How much does it cost to change your Valorant alias?

As we touched on earlier, it’s as free as it can be. You won’t need to spend a dime to update your Valorant username. For League of Legends or Legends of Runeterra players, this is probably somewhat of a relief.

The only thing gating you from changing your username as frequently as you like is the one-month cooldown (and your creativity).

Providing your name is totally unique, isn’t offensive, and you haven’t changed it in a while, you’ll be able to set a new one for free.

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Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards

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The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.