On Wednesday, April 8, some of the top streamers in the world took on Riot Games developers at their new FPS masterpiece Valorant in a competitive showmatch, and it certainly opened some eyes to how well the game can be played.
The showmatch brought together some of the most talented FPS players in the streaming world to face off against the brains who had designed and built the game from scratch.
Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Jardy ‘summit1g’ Lazar, Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham, Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows and Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom were chosen to fly the streamer flag, but came out looking slightly worse for wear.
Many believed that despite the developers’ stronger map and game knowledge, the sheer ability of the streamers would get them the win, but that ultimately proved not to be the case – and it wasn’t even close.
While Valorant looks similar to CS:GO in its map design and gunplay, the showmatch proved that raw gunskill alone isn’t going to get you many wins. Game and Agent knowledge are paramount, especially with the abilities, and that’s exactly what helped the devs get such dominant wins in the three maps played.
Valorant showmatch results
All three maps can be watched on caster Goldenboy's stream, with the clip handily embedded below – just head to the timestamp 02:24:40 to start watching from right before the first map.
Clearly, none of the maps were even close, with the streamer team failing to even surpass five rounds won – proving that no matter how the game is being played in its beta stage, there is still a whole lot to learn for even those we consider the best.
Once the matches had finished, shroud simply said that “we are in a classroom right now,” clearly impressed at what he had seen and delighted to be learning the optimal way of playing Valorant in its current state.
Once the game has released in Summer 2020 and the best players have got some practice in, it would be interesting to see this matchup again – and find out if shroud, summit and co. have finally caught up.