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Space-breaking Valorant Agent concept would be perfect fit for Act 3

Published: 24/Aug/2020 5:00

by Andrew Amos

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With a new Agent coming out in just a few weeks, the Valorant community has gone to the drawing board to come up with some interesting ideas. One Reddit user’s pitch for a space-breaking agent has gained steam though, and would break the meta in Act 3.

Valorant players are still coming to terms with Killjoy, but it won’t be long until a new agent arrives. Riot are looking at adding yet another character in Ignition Act 3, which is set to kick off in October.

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While the design is likely already locked in, the community is still pitching their own concepts for who should be the next agent. One Redditor has drafted up an agent that has taken Valorant players by storm, and would make for a perfect fit in Act 3.

‘DewyOtter’ devised a mysterious agent named Quantum, who has the ability to break the bounds of space and time. Labeled as a “rogue operative…emerging from deep within the shadows of Kingdom,” Quantum is all about changing up the map for his benefit.

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His base abilities include deploying a clone with one HP to deceive enemies. He can also create a “rift” that he can teleport freely back to ⁠— kind of like Phoenix’s Run It Back, and create a wall of smokes with his Dimensional Tear.

Valorant Agent Concept: Quantum from r/VALORANT

His space-breaking abilities turn up a notch though on his ultimate though. Named Tunneling, Quantum can open up a passage between walls, allowing everything to pass through for 30 seconds. This can be used to open up new sightlines on a site, or potentially make a tricky escape.

“You would probably use it in situations where you could draw attention for a retake and create another angle for opponents to watch, quicker rotates, open sight lines, destroy cover, or execute team pushes from places the enemy wouldn’t expect,” DewyOtter said.

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You can find a full list of Quantum’s imagined abilities below:

  • Paradox (Ability 1): Summon a destructible clone that can be placed in a stationary position or set to move on a path, stopping once a wall is collided with.
  • Rift (Ability 2): Open up a breach in space that Quantum can, at any time, travel back to by reactivating the ability while in use. The rift lasts 20 seconds and can be destroyed.
  • Dimensional Tear (Signature Ability): Open up a map and mark three beacons with [Mouse1] and deploy with [Mouse2]. Screens deploy between each beacon, blocking vision. Maximum distances between beacons is 15m.
  • Tunneling (Ultimate Ability): Open up a passage between open spaces on a surface, allowing all agents, bullets, and abilities to pass through. Passage lasts 30 seconds.
Phoenix in Valorant in-game menu
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Quantum’s Rift works similarly to Phoenix’s Run It Back.

Riot has said they are keen to “disrupt” the meta with every new agent release. They are pushing the boundaries of what’s ‘acceptable’ in a tactical shooter, and Quantum would definitely tick all those boxes.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.