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Valorant breakdown reveals how you can kill enemies through solid walls

Published: 18/Aug/2020 8:52

by Brad Norton


Hiding behind solid walls is often seen as a great way to avoid incoming fire in Valorant, though a new breakdown reveals how you can still be shot and killed through thick surfaces.

While bullet penetration has always been a given in Riot’s tactical FPS, the true extent of this ‘wallbang’ feature has only just been discovered. Peppering away at targets through thin barriers or wooden doors, for instance, can often be effective, but this is only scratching the surface of what’s possible.

Whether you’re using an automatic weapon or carefully placing your shots with the Operator, firing at solid walls can seem wasteful. However, it’s actually far more effective than you may think, even capable of closing out kills and winning rounds.

If you think an enemy is around a corner, there’s now good reason to shoot and find out before peeking. Here’s how bullets can actually push through ‘impenetrable’ walls in Valorant.

How bullet penetration actually works in Valorant

You can get shot when hiding behind an impenetrable wall. Character model clips through the object/wall and if shot at, you will take full damage. from VALORANT

When it comes to basics in Valorant, knowing the two types of bullet impact is crucial. If you shoot a surface and a distinct bullet hole appears, you can fire through to the other side. If you shoot a surface and a bigger crater appears, this means the surface is impenetrable. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

In reality, it turns out that bullets still push into impenetrable surfaces to some extent. “Originally I thought that this crater meant that the bullet did not go through,” Reddit user ‘quarkez’ said in his explanation. However, “bullets still penetrate,” they just don’t emerge from the opposite side.

This might not sound all that effective on paper. What benefit could this have if bullets stop halfway through a wall? Well if your character model happens to be extremely close to said wall, it means these halfway shots could still kill you.

Regardless of your Agent, if you stand directly next to a wall, parts of your body will clip through. Whether it’s your arms, feet, or even your weapon, there’s a chance that bullets could still travel deep enough to wipe you out.

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of this new discovery is that bullets still deal maximum damage if they connect. Wallbang limitations only seem to apply to bullets that actually emerge out the other side.

Valorant wall penetration
Riot Games
An example of a thick surface that can still be shot halfway through.

There’s no telling if this is an intended feature in Valorant or something that Riot may soon address. Having parts of your body clip into a wall could accidentally cost you a round if you’re not careful, so keep a note of that when you’re deep in the clutch.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.