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Valorant devs considering Overwatch-style block teammate feature

Published: 4/Dec/2020 19:50 Updated: 7/Dec/2020 16:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant players hoping for a way to avoid getting certain users on their team may soon have a tool available to them according to Riot Games.

In a recent Ask Valorant article, producer Sara Dadafshar answered a question about whether the team would consider adding a feature to block players so they don’t end up in a queue with them again.

In a team game like Valorant, being able to work with those who fit your playstyle can be a key component. Of course, not everyone works well together and sometimes you could even find yourself with a griefer on your team who intentionally feeds.

According to Dadafshar, the idea was “interesting.”

Valorant Leak Controller Support
Riot Games
Players are asking for a way to block teammates.

“There’s some nuances we’d have to work through to ensure queue times don’t significantly increase, but we understand how frustrating it is when you get matched up with someone who you just reported in the prior match,” she explained.

The more players you have blocked or have blocked you, the longer your queue could potentially become. Plus, with multiple players being blocked, the number of possible team options drastically change.

That said, she isn’t ruling out the possibility of the feature coming to Valorant in a future update.

shooting in Valorant.
Riot Games
Riot isn’t ruling out a block feature.

“We’ll think on this a bit, but know that we are currently working on better detection of disruptive behaviors in hopes of being able to appropriately administer penalties and hopefully lessen the number of players you wouldn’t want to play with to begin with.”

Other games, such as Overwatch, have implemented features for users to avoid queuing with certain players. People can select “avoid as teammate” after a match to keep that person from being on their team for a week.

After seven days, the avoid resets and players can only have three users selected to avoid at any given time.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Valorant, but it’s nice to see that the devs are considering giving fans more control of their experience with the FPS.


Mysterious new Valorant Castle map teased at First Strike Korea

Published: 7/Dec/2020 14:01

by Lauren Bergin


While the excitement over Valorant First Strike is dying down, there’s more to be excited about as, during the First Strike: Korea tournament, Riot teased a possible new Valorant map. 

The Korean leg of the First Strike tournament certainly proved that Korea are going to become a dominant force on Future Earth.

One thing that a lot of fans glazed over though was the opening ceremony, which featured stunning visuals and performances choreographers, DekTeukCrew. Specifically, the backgrounds seen framing the amazing dances could give us a sneak peek into Valorant’s future.

Specifically, Riot are seemingly teasing fans with a new possible map that may accompany Episode 2 of the popular FPS.

Vision Strikers win Valorant First Strike Korea
Vision Strikers via. Twitter
Vision Strikers have been unveiled as First Strike Korea’s champions, but what else has been revealed?

A new castle themed Valorant map?

Throughout the opening ceremony, the background appears to explore what looks like a medieval castle, fully decked out with iron gates and winding staircases.

The new location follows on from Icebox in the ceremony’s run through the 5 existing maps, and therefore it makes sense that this may be the predecessor to the game’s most controversial map.

While there’s been no confirmation that a map like this will be coming to the game, it would be an odd decision to include such a design in the Opening Ceremony of a major tournament, especially when all of the game’s other maps have been on show.

A castle themed map would be a very different take for Valorant, as Future Earth is renowned for its unique style of cities such as Split and futuristic arctic bases like Icebox. A medieval castle is a huge step away from this style, so it would be interesting to see how Riot’s dev team transform an iconic piece of history into a modern-day fortress.

So fingers crossed this is the sign of a cool new map coming in Episode 2. Now, all we need is a brand new agent to go with it.