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Shroud highlights why Valorant is “much easier” than CSGO

Published: 8/Jun/2020 9:00

by Brad Norton


Valorant may have only just released, but former pro player turned Mixer star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, is already arguing that the FPS is “much easier’ than Counter-Strike.

Riot’s first foray into the shooter genre only just released on June 2 following a seven-week closed beta. However, shroud has already begun looking deeper under the surface and addressing the game’s skill ceiling. 

While he believes that Valorant will stick around in the long run, he recently argued that the game has a considerably lower skill ceiling compared to CSGO.

Counter-Strike has been around for decades while Valorant is a brand new release in 2020.

“The skill ceiling and the potential is a lot lower than Counter-Strike,” he said in a June 7 YouTube upload. Addressing both titles head on, it didn’t take long for the Mixer streamer to make his mind up that Valorant is intended for a more casual audience. 

“This game is trying to reach people that don’t play [shooters].” While freakish aim and well-thought-out movement will be rewarded, shroud argues that abilities “make it easier for people to play.”

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Valorant’s many unique abilities make the game easier, according to shroud.

“It’s obvious enough when you play Brimstone or Omen,” he added. “You push one button” to activate smokes at any section of the map.

This is a crucial difference between Valorant and CS, according to shroud. “That right there is kind of dumbed down to make those lesser players be at the top faster.”

Simplified abilities and easy to navigate utility opens the game up for more casual players. At the end of the day, Riot has designed Valorant with the “goal” of making a “much easier first-person shooter experience,” he said.

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Regardless of your stance on the matter, Valorant has already attracted countless pros from various scenes and shattered records on Twitch. It’s clear that the game has a wide appeal to all levels of play.

Despite having a lower skill-ceiling in his eyes, shroud still “loves” the game. “I think it’s great, but there’s no argument it [has] a higher skill-ceiling than CS. You’d be crazy to say that.”

If you’re just starting out and looking to hit this arguably lower skill-cap as soon as possible, here’s our full beginner’s guide for Valorant.


Valorant devs confirm that dedicated tournament servers are coming

Published: 19/Nov/2020 18:00

by Lauren Bergin


Riot devs have stated in the latest instalment that Ask VALORANT that dedicated Tournament Realms will roll out in the future.

In the most recent article in Riot Games’ Q&A series ‘AskVALORANT’, Valorant’s devs discussed the future of the esports scene in a lot more detail than ever before.

With the chaos that ensued with “nightmare” patch 1.11, as well as the discussion around its impact on the upcoming First Strike tournament, it seems like fans have been eager to get to grips with just how Riot plan to proceed with future tournaments.

Cue AskVALORANT, where VALORANT Esports Strategy manager Riley Yurk describes in detail exactly what Valorant’s esports’ roadmap is.

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The popularity of Valorant First Strike has proven that fans want a Valorant esports scene.

Valorant will have ‘tournament realms’ in the future

Just as Riot Games has implemented in League of Legends, Yurk explains that there will be dedicated tournament servers in the future. Dubbed ‘Tournament Realms,’ these closed servers will allow Riot “more control over the environment that esports is played in.”

He goes on to clarify that “we’ll have specific rules around what patches can be used for certain tournaments to help create the best environment for competitive play. We’re extremely focused on competitive integrity and will continue to adapt our plans in collaboration with both devs and players.”

Clearly, Yurk and his esports development team are drawing inspiration from the League of Legends scene. As easily one of the most popular esports titles of all time, following in the footsteps that LoL has already laid out provides Valorant with a great pathway to success.

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Valorant has proven to be one of 2020’s biggest hits both casually and professionally, and its future looks exciting.

Valorant, however, has grown to become a huge success and already has a flourishing esports scene despite being less than a year old. So, if it does follow LoL’s trajectory we can expect amazing things.

So get excited! The future of Valorant is bright – maybe even as bright as Skye’s flash.