Shroud explains why Valorant’s Raze isn’t as overpowered as she seems

Published: 10/Apr/2020 15:51

by Daniel Cleary


Mixer streamer Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek explained why he thinks Raze isn’t as overpowered as many Valorant players have made her out to be.

The release of Valorant’s closed beta has attracted the attention of many, as over 1.7 million viewers have been watching streams on Twitch, hoping to get access and to test out the new character-based FPS title.

One character, in particular, Raze, has already received a lot of criticism, however, with fans claiming that having her kit full of damage-based abilities, compared to some of the other utility Agents, was too unfair.

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Valorant players have called for nerfs to Raze’s ability kit.

With many calling for Riot Games to make significant changes to Raze or even to delete the character before the game’s official launch later in the year, Shroud explained why he thought she was not as bad as players made her out to be during his April 9 broadcast.

The popular streamer claimed that people were likely to be overreacting and that it would not take much to balance Raze’s controversial kit, “Raze just needs a couple tweaks I think, she’s not that bad.”

Despite his claims, Shroud did admit that Raze’s lack of utility was quite unusual when in comparison with some of the other Agents, “the fact that her whole skillset is damage is strange, every other character has one damage ability.”

“She doesn’t need to get deleted, she just needs to get slightly changed, she’s not as bad as it looks right?” he asked, before going through her skills and listing some potential tweaks that Riot should consider.

He called for certain abilities such as Paint Shells to be toned down in damage or area of effect to improve Raze’s balancing issues in Valorant.

Shroud also revealed earlier in the stream that another reason why Agents like Raze look stronger is that some of the “less-flashy” characters, such as Cypher are being massively underappreciated for their outplay potential.

Despite many fans calling for changes to made to Raze, it still remains to be seen if Valorant devs have any intention on significantly nerfing the popular Agent before the game’s launch later in the year.


Hiko blasts Riot for “trash” Valorant ranked system after Episode 2 overhaul

Published: 21/Jan/2021 6:58

by Andrew Amos


While Valorant’s Episode 2 ranked overhaul has satisfied some players, for those at the top like Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin, it’s been painful. The 100 Thieves pro has blasted Riot for their FPS title’s “trash” system, saying it needs massive fixes urgently to save ranked.

A clear points system and leaderboards. That’s all Valorant players really wanted in their ranked system. However, it appears that they’ve gotten a bit more than they’ve bargained for, and it’s drastically impacting the experience.

The Hidden MMR system implemented alongside Rank Rating and Leaderboards in Episode 2 has come under fire from players. While it’s been okay for regular players, those near the top have had to deal with unbalanced lobbies, long queues, and few rank gains.

It’s reached boiling point now, with Hiko blasting Riot for the “trash” overhaul. He used teammate Asuna ⁠— who is currently rank one in NA on his smurf ⁠— as an example on his January 20 stream, showing huge flaws in the system.

“It takes longer to get games on his main account than his alt account, and his alt account is literally rank one. He thinks his [MMR] on his Platinum 3 account is higher than his #1 Radiant account, and that right there is why the ranking system right now is trash,” Hiko claimed.

Hiko playing CS:GO for Team Liquid
Hiko believes big changes are required to save Valorant’s current ranked system.

“I think they fixed it maybe, but I tried it on the first day, and I couldn’t get a game at all. I said ‘f**k this’ and played on this account, which was Radiant last Act, but I just got into Radiant,” Asuna added.

Hiko himself isn’t faring much better in Diamond 3. His account, which he claims was around “Top 30” in Episode 1: Act 3 is placed against other top players despite not even being in Radiant. He has questioned how the system is balanced, and it needs major work.

“I feel like lately I’ve just been trashing Riot…but I’ll definitely defend myself in saying that the rank system right now is complete trash. It was bad before because so many people were Radiant and Immortal that didn’t deserve to be.”

“The problem before was the skill disparity in each rank was so wide. Now it’s like, the skill disparity between Platinum and Radiant ⁠— it’s hard to explain, it’s just bad.”

“It’s impossible sometimes to win because you always play against people in the same boat, or people who are actual Radiants. You end up playing with people on your team who are complete bots, and against you, it feels like teams are super unfair or uneven.”

It comes as Riot promised more fixes to Valorant’s ranked system after patch 2.01. With the new system only being a week old, as time goes on, things will equalize. Riot is asking for players’ patience in the meanwhile.

“It’s been one week, we just completely overhauled the entire ranked system, and the game is still less than a year old. We have a lot to improve, learn, and new features and things to implement. I think the one thing, I hope, that I can assure people of is that we are going to make changes and improve Valorant Ranked,” developer Jon ‘EvrMoar’ Walker said on Reddit.