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Valorant agent missions, progression and ranked play explained

Published: 5/Mar/2020 17:18

by Scott Robertson

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Riot Games’ Valorant will have numerous ways for players to rank up their characters, battle pass, and ranked play score. Here’s a full rundown of all the ways players will be able to progress in the FPS.

The folks at Riot Games are well-versed in designing progression systems and a ranked mode that gets their players to continuously come back and play extensively.

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League of Legends boasts one of the largest player bases of any active multiplayer game, and the MOBA frequently sits near the top of the list of games with the highest viewership on Twitch. A big part of that is due to the game’s progression systems, which appear to be making their way to Valorant as well.

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Valorant has quickly emerged as one of the most anticipated multiplayer games of 2020.

According to a YouTube video from two members of the Netherlands’ IGN outlet, IGN Benelux, Valorant will offer numerous ways to progress. One of those is the already talked about battle pass, which according to them, may not cost any additional money as passes like the ones in Modern Warfare, Fortnite, and CS:GO do.

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Can Valorant players rank up their agents?

In addition, players will be able to progress through Agent ranks as well, with new abilities and items being unlocked as ranks are earned.

Fans of Call of Duty will be familiar with this practice, as they progress through ranks to earn new weapons and abilities, and then progress through weapon ranks to earn additional attachments. Apparently, each Agent will have ten ranks, and if you unlock all of them for all characters, you get “access to all the free cosmetics.”

Sentinel Sage in Valorant
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The first leaked screenshot of one of Valorant’s Agents.

This system will evidently require players to actually play with each Agent extensively in order to unlock their entire arsenal, and earn all the available skins. Riot has made it clear, however, that character skins will not be a part of the game when it releases, and this video confirms that as well. So far, it appears only weapon skins and weapon charms will be available to start.

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Will Valorant’s agents have their own missions?

Each Agent will also have their own missions, which reward the player with in-game currency. Again, Call of Duty players will recognize the similarity to Operator missions currently in Modern Warfare.

Some of these missions, reportedly, aren’t free and will need to be purchased “with Riot points.”

Will Valorant have a ranked mode?

The video also reports that Valorant will be getting a ranked mode, and that the game will be using the same ranked levels that League of Legends uses, which starts at Iron and extends all the way up into Challenger.

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Apparently ranked play will not be available at launch though, and is expected to be released in late 2020. Most modern multiplayer shooters feature a ranked mode, with the exception of Modern Warfare, which many fans are still clamoring for.

Stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest Valorant news as it surfaces.

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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.