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Valorant exploit gives teams easy money for losing rounds

Published: 14/May/2020 20:10 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:37

by Alan Bernal

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An exploit in Valorant lets teams deny the opponent extra funds and orbs by quickly ending pistol rounds through a self-destruction technique using agents like Raze or Brimstone.

By using Raze’s Blast Packs and Brim’s Incendiary to self-detonate or burn through their own health bars, teams can end the round before the other has a chance to even engage.

There are no cheats or hacks involved. Instead, it uses the game’s mechanisms to prevent the other team potential resources that they would have likely acquired as the side with superior artillery.

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Valorant teams are killing themselves to deny orbs and creds.

Over on the Valorant subreddit one user opened the floor up for discussion wondering if a technique like this should be allowed to be used for not.

“I’m just simply asking if this is prohibited or not,” user ‘YourAfricanDad’ explained. These people in Rank kept losing the pistol fight. Every time they’d lose it, the Brimstone/Raze would just team kill them.”

When approaching the other team, they apparently claimed that “everyone does it,” since it lets them start off the following round with a clean 5k credits each.

I’m just simply asking if this is prohibited or not; These people in ranked kept losing the pistol fight. Every time they’d lose it, the Brimstone/Raze would just team kill them, thus they would start the new round with about 5k each. And apparently, "everyone does that". from VALORANT

After a team loses the opening round of the half, they’re left with around 1,900 to 2,500 Creds in the second round to buy with. Naturally, the other team will have more Creds since they won the round and, presumably, carried over some resources to the next.

This usually, but not always, gives the team that won the first half a free round that they can farm even more resources.

Since there are no penalties for teamkilling, people are simply killing themselves to at least level the money/orb count for the third round when they would have likely been down 0-2 anyway.

Tactical FPS titles like CS:GO combat this by giving the winning team money for enemy suicides or thwarting team killers by issuing bans that have lengths scaled to the amount of offenses the player commits.

Now people are wondering if Riot Games should implement similar safeguards in Valorant to prevent these kinds of tactics that, while they have their economic benefits, could take away from the competitive aspect of the game.

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Complete Valorant map guide for Icebox: Callouts, strategies, more

Published: 18/Nov/2020 16:26

by Bill Cooney

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Valorant’s Act 3 map Icebox takes players to battle it out on the icy tundra, and we’ve got all the tips and tricks for it right here that should keep you and your team from getting burned (or frozen).

Icebox has two reactor sites, just like Bind, Ascent, and Split, but the thing that makes it unique is the ability to plant the Spike on multi-level structures.

This verticality is key for both attackers and defenders as they try and get the upper hand, with that in mind take a look at the locations and map callouts below, since we’ll be referring to them throughout this guide.

Icebox Valorant map

You don’t need to have every single callout memorized as long as you know what your teammates are talking about while screaming random colors at you during a fight. As always, remember that it’s better to communicate with your team somehow than to just give them the cold shoulder.

Even though there are only two sites to attack, the amount of Radiante crates, boxes, and other random things agents can get on top of means this is anything but a simple map. The defense might have a slight edge before the plant, but afterward that flips and they have to play some serious catchup to the offense.

Either way, everyone always has to play both, so let’s take a look at some good offensive setups to start off.

How to Play Attack on Icebox

A Site Icebox Valorant
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The A site can be a tough nut to crack for attackers.

Reactor Site A

The A Site is like a microcosm for all of Icebox, while it might be nice and warm inside, it has plenty of ups and downs for players to take advantage of. This is why, when you’re on the attacking side of things, you’ll need to be sure to look up and down, as well as left and right when you enter the space, since defenders could be anywhere.

You’ll also be getting in to more long-range fights on A than short-range, that’s just the way the map layout seems to work, which means the Phantom, Vandal, and Operator (if you’ve got a steady hand) will be best for pushing.

Reactor Site B

Valorant Icebox B
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The B site of Valorant’s Icebox map.

The good news is you have a lot of different attacking options on B. Tube to Kitchen, B Green and B Orange are all viable routes. On the other hand though, there are just as many places, if not more, for defenders to hide. Like the A Site, you not only have to check your corners but your ups and downs as well.

While similar to the fights on A, the battles on B aren’t quite as long-range. They are, however, short-medium range enough where a shotgun or Spectre choice can be perfectly warranted.

How to Play Defense on Icebox

Reactor Site A

On Defense, you want to take advantage of the unique features on Icebox, which would be the countless places to hide above the regular field of play. The attacking team will already have their hands full checking every possible angle, and even if they don’t, that still gives you time to aim and fire.

As we mentioned before, as soon as the other team plants the spike, things suddenly get a whole lot more difficult for defenders on Icebox. The best bet, unless you’re playing as Killjoy, is to wait and try and see where the spike gets planted before telling your team and grouping up to retake. Let’s be straight: you don’t want to be defending alone on this map.

Reactor Site B

Icebox B Site
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Like A, B can seem easy to hold, but once the spike is planted that all changes.

B also gives you a variety of places to post up pre-round on Defense, so it’s highly advised that you place yourself somewhere other than just flat on the ground, if you can. Your main goal on defense should be to stop the enemy from planting, because, as is the theme of this map, that’s when things get flipped around.

LIke A, if the attackers do plant, you’re best bet is to stay as high as possible if you can’t group up with other teammates, of if you’re the last one left. Either way, you’ll have an upill battle, so it’s always better to play prevention rather than reaction.

Best Agents on Icebox

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Killjoy is basically a must-pick when playing on Icebox.

Icebox seems like a custom-made map for heroes like Jett, Raze, and Omen, who are all able to make great use of the countless boxes and elevated positions spread around the map.

On both sides of the spike, Sova and his Recon Bolt are a godsend for scouting all of the various positions defenders could be in at the same time.

Finally, Killjoy is the undisputed star of the show when Icebox comes up in the queue. The ridiculous range on her turrets is perfect on a large map like this, and allow her to hold down points all on her own. Cypher, on the other hand, will struggle here, since his traps simply don’t cover the entirety of some of the larger passages.


If you haven’t spent a lot of time in Valorant, or similar games before, this can seem like a full semester of information to take in. But don’t worry, because as you play the map you’ll start to pick up on everything we’ve mentioned here and more from your teammates.

Communicating with your team is one of the most important things you can do in Valorant as well. So even if you don’t have every callout or strategy on the map memorized, working together and talking as a team can help make playing both Attack and Defense a bit simpler when Icebox comes up in queue.