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Shroud, Summit1g, more take on Valorant devs – Full results

Published: 9/Apr/2020 12:24

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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Valorant broke multiple Twitch records in its opening day beta streams.

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

Map Developers Streamers
Bind 13 3
Haven 13 5
Split 13 2

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.

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Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.