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TSM’s Wardell reveals Valorant secrets to Operator success

Published: 23/Sep/2020 2:02 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 2:21

by Alan Bernal


Team SoloMid ace Operator (OP) Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu explained some of the guidelines to keep in mind when using the one-shot sniper in Valorant including flicks, jiggle peeks, and more.

The OP Academy guru broke down the fundamentals for the long-range rifle, piquing Valorant players’ interest seeing as Wardell is easily one of the most exciting pro Valorant players to pick up the gun.


As an Oper, there’s a unique skillset to play around and master when trying to open up a round with a pick or a trade. Going for raw, straightforward peeks can be very risky depending on the situation, luckily there are tools to make the shot swing in your favor.

For Wardell, his hyper-aggressive playstyle wouldn’t work that well in pro matches if he didn’t have a superb understanding of the basics.

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Bad positioning with the OP can leave Valorant players in dangerous spots.

Oppressive Flicks

One of the least reliable shots for people that are just picking up a sniper, a Flick demands quick accuracy to hit the target when moving the crosshair across the screen.

Like many aim tips, this is going to come down to your mouse sensitivity and how effectively you practice or get accustomed to the movement.

Depending on how much you want to practice, Wardell recommends trying out different sensitivities for your mouse while going to The Range to do a regiment of flicks in every direction.


Improvement won’t be instant, but you’ll start to build the muscle memory that Wardell credits as a crucial part of having consistent performances with the Op.

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Choose favorable angles to OP in Valorant, such as the ones that let you instantly retreat.

Opt for better Angles

Ops are high-risk/high-reward weapons. But your positioning with the gun will give you the advantage, so long as you adapt to the round.

Wardell covered ‘smart angles’ to cover, which basically has to do with your fall-back strategy should your shot miss or an opponent is looking to trade out a kill on you.


What’s special about Valorant is that, depending on which Agent you choose, players can make their own favorable angle while having an exit strategy in mind.

Just make sure not to stay in the open or in a ‘pre-fireable’ spot, since you’ll start to let your advantages slip the more you’re exposed.


Optimal ‘Easy Shots’

It’s happened to everyone, you have the timing and tracking to land the one-tap, but you completely miss a makeable shot.

This is why Wardell stresses not to “instantly shoot, (but) don’t wait too long to shoot either.” The middle ground he’s alluding to here is a combination of analyzing your opponent’s movement while confirming you have the target in your sights.

As an OPer, Wardell says you have to look if your opponent is going to jiggle peek or wide swing. For players taking up the sniper, you need to adapt your trigger discipline accordingly to avoid getting played with someone who knows you’re holding down the angle.

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Some OP kills can get tricky, so don’t flub the easy shots that come by.

Landing those ‘easy shots’ only sounds doable until you’re the one getting flamed for missing a clear opportunity.

This is only the first of Wardell’s four-part guide on using the Op, so Valorant players looking to improve with the sniper should start taking notes from one of the best in the game today.


FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.


Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.


Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.


These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.


There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!


TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

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