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TSM Myth criticizes Valorant’s “dumb” ranked system

Published: 4/May/2020 13:40

by Jacob Hale


Popular TSM streamer Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani has criticized the ranking system in Riot Games’ new FPS effort, Valorant, calling it “trash” and “dumb.”

Valorant has become one of the biggest games on the market since it entered its beta phase, ahead of the highly-anticipated Summer 2020 release.

While most big streamers and professional players from a range of different titles are enjoying the game massively – Myth included – there are obviously things that need to be fixed ahead of the full launch of the game, and Myth believes the ranking system is one feature that needs work.

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Ranked play in Valorant has mostly been a hit among players.

Speaking on the game’s ranked play, which went live just a couple of weeks after the beta launched, Myth asks: “Why would you put 5 people that have probably been playing this game since release… against a bunch of solo players and one duo?”

He adds that this system “doesn’t make much sense,” explaining that solo queuers are being punished simply for wanting to play alone or not having others to play with.

He wasn’t done yet, though, saying that “if you solo queue in this game, you’re literally sabotaging your own rank. That’s just the truth.”

He added: “There’s a few other games that adopt the same system, but there are other systems that follow the thing that I’m talking about,” alluding to the idea that players who are solo queuing should be matched up with each other, while full 5-man squads should be matched up against each other, too.

After comparisons were drawn to the likes of CS:GO and Rainbow 6 Siege, whose ranked modes work similarly, he simply said that they too have a dumb system if that’s the case.

Obviously some people are quite enjoying ranked play in Valorant, though – on May 1, Cloud9 streamer Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo became the first North American player to secure the highest rank in the game.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.