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Valorant maps to feature teleportation devices and more

Published: 3/Mar/2020 11:48 Updated: 3/Mar/2020 16:41

by Andy Williams


During Piotr ‘izakOOO’ Skowyrski’s March 2 Twitch stream, the popular CS:GO streamer revealed information pertaining to Valorant’s map system and delved a little deeper into Agent abilities.

Riot Games’ Valorant has received plenty of attention since its March 2 press release. Plenty of players from other big esports titles such as Overwatch and CS:GO are dissecting the game, with some even announcing their intentions to go pro before the game’s release.

However, very little could be deduced on how Valorant will play and the prospects of the game from the two-minute gameplay trailer alone. Enter Counter-Strike veteran, izakOOO.

Riot Games' Valorant.
Riot Games
Riot’s two-minute gameplay preview landed over 1.2 million views in 24 hours.

During his March 2 broadcast, izak detailed some specific elements of Valorant which the preview trailer didn’t necessarily show. Thanks to one Reddit user, we have this information translated.

Firstly, there are two teleportation devices in the second map (Bind) that was made available to alpha testers. These are designed to facilitate one-way transportation between reactor sites. According to the 32-year-old, this “really changes the pace of the map.”

Second is the role of abilities in Valorant. Per the trailer, Agent abilities were seen as critical elements to dictate a round’s outcome. But according to the Redditor’s translation of izak, “it’s not optimal to use them so much as shown, because they are not so good” in comparison to precise aim and good movement.

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On the topic of abilities, we already know that there are four per Agent, but the Twitch streamer broke these down further.

There are two abilities that need to be purchased from the pre-round buy menu, while an Agent’s Signature ability will recharge over time (after a specific cooldown period).

Moreover, Ultimate abilities are earned on a point system. To earn points, players must earn kills or pick up orbs from specific locations around the map, as seen on Haven from the preview trailer.

Valorant's buy menu.
Riot Games
Valorant’s economy system is reminiscent of CS:GO, but holds its own unique properties.

In terms of weapons, izak explained that they feel very similar to Counter-Strike’s weapon pool and that shooting shares almost identical mechanics too.

However, the CS veteran did reveal that shooting while moving in Valorant is even harder than in Valve’s FPS… Meaning that players will be punished for poor positioning more than ever before.

Given all the praise which the alpha version of Valorant has received, alongside Riot’s pledge to mitigate cheating and provide 128-tick servers all while reducing player’s ping, its no wonder why fans are eager for the game’s Summer 2020 release.


Riot reveals new plans for stopping Valorant toxicity by targeting ranked

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:32

by Andrew Amos


Riot’s battle with toxic Valorant players is only continuing, but the developer might have the solution once and for all. They’re looking at banning players from playing ranked if they have chat restrictions, among other potential fixes.

In Valorant, having good comms can be the difference between winning and losing. It makes the game infinitely more difficult when you have teammates going at each other’s throats, hurling out abuse.

While there are restrictions ⁠— with bans for toxic behavior in text and voice chat ⁠— they aren’t enough. This is especially prevalent against women and girls, who often face a raft of sexist toxicity when they open their mic.

Yoru in Valorant grimacing
Riot Games
Toxicity is a big problem in Valorant, and Riot are pledging to fix it.

Chat-banned Valorant players won’t be able to play ranked

Now, Riot are starting to put new systems in place to stem the abuse. Senior Producer Ian ‘BrightEyez’ Fielding promised as much, stating the developers are actively working on new technology to crack down on these abusive players.

One such way they’ll do so is by banning toxic players from playing ranked if they have an active chat restriction. They expect this system to be up and running in the next “two to three patches.”

“We will be preventing players who have been penalized with chat and voice restrictions from playing ranked in the next two to three patches. We are actively working on the tech, it’s taking a little bit longer than anticipated, but we are committed to building it,” he said on Reddit.

“While we don’t want to make it a requirement that you have to use voice comms in rank…we do understand that having players who have already proven they can be highly disruptive with active restrictions in your rank games feels unfair, and we want to prevent that from happening.”

More Valorant toxicity measures coming in Episode 2

This is only the beginning of Riot’s latest crackdown on toxic Valorant players. Fielding added that the devs have plans “to reduce disruptive behavior and make our penalty systems more robust.”

This includes the recent introduction of an AFK penalty in Episode 2. However, more announcements will be dropped in the coming months about how they’ll further combat toxicity.