T1 Valorant shock fans, drop promising duo ahead of possible Ska return - Dexerto

T1 Valorant shock fans, drop promising duo ahead of possible Ska return

Published: 3/Sep/2020 21:32

by Theo Salaun


After an unsatisfactory showing during the Pop Flash, Ignition Series tournament, T1 has dropped a promising duo in Austin ‘crashies’ Roberts and Victor ‘food’ Wong, from their Valorant roster — prompting shock and speculation on the future roster. 

During the Pop Flash tournament, T1 finished tied for last place after losing 0-2 to Immortals and 1-2 to Team Envy (who went on to make the Grand Finals). Days later, they have cut both crashies and food from their roster, in a move that has completely blindsided competitive Valorant fans and increased speculation that Tayler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham may be ready to rejoin the starting roster, possibly amidst a larger iBUYPOWER CS:GO reunion.

On August 24, Ska stepped down from the T1 starting lineup, in a move that surprised many, but was explained by ESPN’s Tyler ‘FionnOnFire’ Erzberger as simply being because “he wants to expand his agent pool before returning to the starting lineup.”

As Erzberger explained, he ‘doesn’t think he’s out,’ which suggests that a Ska return to the lineup could be envisaged sooner than later. The decision to release crashies and food, who have grown popular for their mechanical skills, has therefore understandably been tied to a presumptive return of the team’s starter. But a bewildered community is still jostling with the question of who will fill the second newly vacated starting spot.

At present, the T1 active roster solely consists of Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce, Keven ‘AZK’ Lariviere, and Daniel ‘eeiu’ Vucenovic. The latter player is technically assigned to T1 Academy, but the former two played alongside Ska on a stacked iBP CS:GO roster that was widely considered one of the scene’s more exciting teams before most members were banned indefinitely for a match-fixing scandal in 2015. 

If Ska returns to the starting lineup, with his agent pool now deepened, then that would mean the team’s assumed three starters are all from iBP. Understandably, fans have now been linking Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan to the roster, as another former teammate who just recently decided to retire from CS:GO to pursue Valorant full-time. 

That theory would connect to a former rumor relayed by JakeSucky, which detailed that steel already has an offer from T1 to reunite the dominant, albeit controversial former roster. If that’s the case, then an underperforming team like 100Thieves could most certainly ensure that either food or crashies do not remain jobless for long.

While some have speculated that Sam ‘DaZeD’ Marine may become T1’s fifth player, completing a full iBP reunion, there is no certainty for any of these moves. Conversely, with 100Thieves having dropped numerous starters, crashies and food have impressed enough to warrant serious consideration as new additions to captain Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin’s lineup.

At the moment, though, all that is known is that T1 have released a duo of talented players into the North American player pool and iBP’s return may possibly be on the horizon. Ultimately, fans can simply expect some serious roster shuffling.


How to transfer your Overwatch settings over to Valorant

Published: 18/Jan/2021 23:53

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and Valorant are about as different as you can get gameplay-wise, but transferring your settings between the two is actually extremely simple, and we’ll tell you exactly how to do it right here.

You’d be hard-pressed to find two FPS games that are more unalike one another than Valorant and Overwatch. Sure there are a few similarities like unique agents/heroes and their special abilities. Some heroes (Omen/Reaper & Sova/Hanzo) also bear some striking visual similarities as well, but gameplay-wise the two are night and day.

For example, in Valorant, tactical positioning and gunplay are key, while over in Overwatch one of the most powerful meta characters at the moment is a sentient hamster piloting a Mech with a grappling hook.

Differences aside though, Riot’s new FPS has attracted a good number of players from every kind of game, including Blizzard’s flagship. If you want to use the same sensitivity in both games to keep it consistent, there’s a very easy way to make sure you’re settings are right.

Valorant Omen artwork
Riot Games
Reaper is that you? Oh no, it’s just Omen, carry on then.

How to bring Overwatch settings into Valorant

Some Overwatch players might not like to admit it, but aim just doesn’t play as much of a factor there as it does in tactical shooters like Valorant, which plays more like CSGO. Sure heroes like McCree, Widow, and Ashe certainly take skill, but let’s be honest, you don’t need pinpoint aim to successfully play Winston.

But as gamers, we know it’s important to have the same sense of movement no matter which game you play, as you don’t want to be dragging the mouse multiple times to aim, or on the other side have to deal with too much oversensitivity.

Below is an accurate way to transfer your mouse sensitivity settings from Overwatch into Valorant, it might not be totally perfect, but it gives you a great starting point to fine-tune from:

  1. Go into Overwatch and note your preferred sensitivity settings.
  2. Divide that value by 10.6.
  3. Input your settings into Valorant and make sure they feel comfortable.
  4. Hop into a match and show teammates what Overwatch players can really do.
Cypher, Brimstone, and Sage in Valorant
Riot Games
They’re not the Heroes (Agents, sorry) we’re used to, but they’ll do.

As mentioned before though, Overwatch and Valorant are very different games, so you might find from playing a bit that you prefer different settings in one over the other.

Plenty of Overwatch pros have made a successful switch to Riot’s new FPS so it is possible to be successful at both, just be prepared for a steeper learning curve than Siege or CSGO players might have to face.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve played Hanzo, you basically already know the basics of how to play Sova, so try tweaking that sensitivity like we told you, and give it a go.