Valorant

Valorant removes arrows, moves to Rank Rating points system in Episode 2

Published: 11/Jan/2021 16:00 Updated: 11/Jan/2021 16:01

by Andrew Amos

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Riot are completely revamping Valorant’s rank system from the ground up in Episode 2. Arrows are gone, replaced by a Rank Rating system that works on points. Leaderboards are also on their way, as well as big changes to Immortal and Radiant.

Valorant’s ranked system is undergoing its third rework since launch in Episode 2, and this set of changes is the biggest one yet. No longer will players have to guess how close they are to ranking up ⁠⁠— Riot is doing away with the infamous arrows, and a solid points system is being implemented.

Entitled “Rank Rating,” the grind will be a lot easier to track with pure numbers, not just guesswork. Plus, high elo players will have something to play for with leaderboards finally arriving, while Riot is reworking the number of players in Immortal and Radiant.

The changes have been long requested in the Valorant community, with calls to action to fix the game’s competitive system being echoed from the Open Beta until now.

“Our goal with our rank update was to show players that we are…listening by delivering on…the most consistent asks from the community: An easier to understand and fairer rank system, more rewarding recognition for your accomplishments, and a way to show who is the best of the best,” developers Ian ‘Brighteyz’ Fielding and Jon ‘EvrMoar’ Walker said.

Valorant Act 2 rank system
Riot Games
Valorant’s “doritos” will remain for Act Ranks, but arrows are out for the new Rank Rating points system in Episode 2.

How does Rank Rating work in Valorant?

Valorant’s Rank Rating (RR) system is like League’s League Point (LP) system. Whole ranks from Iron to Diamond will still be split in three, however progression is a lot more clear. Once you get 100 RR points in a tier, you’ll rank up. Similarly, if you lose while on 0 RR, you’ll demote.

After promoting a tier, players will be given a 10 RR buffer so they can’t instantly derank off a loss. Players also have the chance to bounce right back up after demoting ⁠— you will not go below 80 RR after dropping a rank.

RR gain is based off of your own performance, as well as the team’s performance. Riot has always stressed that Valorant is a team game and that’s most important when it comes to ranking up, but “exceptional performance at lower ranks” will lead to more RR gains as well.

Here’s the exact values for RR gains and losses:

  • Minimum 10 RR gain on a win
  • Maximum 50 RR gain on a win
  • Minimum 10 RR loss on a loss
  • Maximum 30 RR loss on a loss
  • Maximum 20 RR gain on a draw
    • Iron to Diamond only. Immortal and Radiant is 0 RR.

Leaderboards added in Episode 2, Immortal condensed into one rank

If you’re at the top end of town in Immortal and Radiant, there will be a lot more to play for. Leaderboards have been added to track progress and make it easier to visualize the road to rank one outside of sporadic tweets from Riot.

Radiant Leaderboards will be limited to the top 500 players in each region. Immortal Leaderboards will constitute the top 1% of players, and is unique per region. No matter what rank you are though, you’ll be able to see where you stack up on the leaderboards.

You need to play at least 50 ranked games in an Act to get placed on the leaderboard, and play at least one game a week to maintain your position. While you won’t decay, your leaderboard rank will be hidden until you play again.

Top 500 ranked leaderboard in Valorant
Riot Games
Leaderboards are finally here in Valorant after months of teasers.

On top of the changes to RR, Immortal is getting a big change at the top end. It’s getting condensed into one rank ⁠— so there’s no more Immortal 1, 2, or 3.

These changes are only the beginning for ranked, and Riot will be keeping an eye on community feedback to adapt the system as needed throughout Episode 2.

“Many of our changes are made directly based on what we’ve heard from you all. Please keep letting us know your thoughts around these changes and rank in general. Our promise is to keep listening and making changes for years to come,” the developers added.

The ranked changes will go live with Valorant Episode 2, which launches on January 12. New Agent Yoru will be joining the roster, more new battlepass content will be added to grind, and more.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.