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Valorant weapon breakdown reveals alternate fire on shotguns and rifles

Published: 12/Mar/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton

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The eagle-eyed Valorant community has uncovered new information in the game’s very first footage that reveals powerful alternate fire functions for a number of weapons.

Riot’s first steps into the FPS genre have set the gaming industry ablaze as the community anxiously waits for any scrap of info on the highly anticipated title.

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While only a single Agent teaser has been provided since the March 1 gameplay reveal, a closer look at the original footage uncovered a slew of new information on various weapon types.

Combing through the initial round of gameplay frame by frame, Reddit user ‘Qtank009’ revealed a few fascinating tidbits from the game’s marketplace that allows players to purchase weapons, shields, and abilities with each passing round.

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Pausing on select frames provides a new look at certain weapons and their overall statistics. For instance, the Ghost sidearm is a semi-automatic pistol that astute observers would have seen in the first-look at the in-game store.

However, upon freezing at the right time, we now know that this particular weapon will be capable of dealing 30 damage to the body, 105 damage to the head, and up to 26 damage to the legs from a close range. This specific sidearm also boasts a ‘medium’ level of wall penetration.

Perhaps the most intriguing information from the breakdown however, comes when analyzing the rifle and shotgun weapon types as various guns appear to feature an alternate mode of fire. 

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Reddit: Qtank009
A fresh look at one of Valorants sidearms.

When stopping on the exact frames for the shotgun and rifle weapon classes, it reveals a similar text-heavy breakdown on the guns and uncovers more than just damage-based statistics.

For the Bucky shotgun that costs 900 of the in-game currency, players will be able to blast away foes from a close range thanks to the standard firing option.

The weapon also features an alternate fire function referred to as a “semi-automatic air bust” which grants an ‘extended primary fire shot.’

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Reddit: Qtank009
Bucky is the cheaper of two shotguns in Valorant.

Moreover, the Vandal rifle is a fully automatic mid to long-range weapon that appears to be the most expensive in its class. Players will be able to gun down their foes with a lightning-quick fire rate of 9.25 rounds per second with the primary fire.

The alternate mode of fire for this particular rifle, allows players to zoom in, slightly reduce the spread of their bullets, at the cost of a slower ROF at 8.32 rounds/s.

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Vandal appears to be the most expensive of four Rifle weapons in Valorant.

It’s worth noting that due to the early nature of the footage, these values and secondary functions may not stick through to the final release in their current form.

With 17 weapons appearing in the game’s store, there could be plenty of alternate firing functions for players to discover as Riot continues to reveal new footage.

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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.