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Valorant players call for major changes to weapon recoil

Published: 28/Apr/2020 14:54

by Andy Williams


Valorant players are pleading with Riot to change the weapon recoil, but is it a necessary move? Or will it just ruin the shooter’s emphasis on tactical gameplay?

Valorant is all about tactical gameplay. Working together as a team and utilizing all of your team’s abilities will be far more fruitful than skill alone — something which the developers proved in their showmatch against some of the biggest streamers.

But let’s say you’re in a one-versus-three situation and the enemy team places themselves close together, Valorant’s ‘hit-or-miss’ recoil pattern makes it difficult for even the best in the world to come out on top. And it’s this that has got players calling for a change.

Valorant player looking over B-site on Bind.
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One-tapping an enemy’s head is all well and good, but there is a significant cool down period for your recoil to reset when aiming towards a second enemy.

Does Valorant need recoil improvements?

In post captioned “Recoil reset improvement,” ‘asc3nd_’ pleaded with Riot to change the current state of weapon recoil in the game — and it appears that the sentiment reflected the general consensus within the community, as the post garnered over 4.4k upvotes and over 1k comments in less than 24 hours.

“When you burst with a rifle (any rifle) your recoil simply does not reset,” the Reddit user opened. “You need to literally wait a whole second in order for the gun to have its recoil reset so you can control it.”

The Valorant player went on to make their case for Riot to reduce the amount of time a weapon’s recoil takes to reset, arguing that it would make the game “way more enjoyable.”

Recoil reset Improvement. from VALORANT

The Valorant community are split

This, of course, sparked a debate in the comments on the balance between tactical gameplay and weapon mechanics.

One Redditor agreed with asc3nd’s points, contending that if these changes were implemented, they’d have more fun in-game. Specifically, they added that “it just seems as if they have the spray delay after shooting a little too high.”

Reddit comment.

While on the flip side, another player argued that while the game’s recoil reset does take a while, it could be for good reason (i.e. rewarding initial player accuracy). They also asserted their claims by stating: “I might be the only one, but if they give it a faster reset, it might be a little too strong.”

Reddit comment.

As a voice of reason, one user commented on the fact that Valorant are pushing for more tactically-based gameplay over “solo-entry fragger with masterful aim,” stating that the “tap impairment seems consistent to the design in that case.”

Reddit comment.

While there are clear discrepancies between player opinions, there are ways around Valorant’s ‘random’ spray patterns.

One player discovered that your weapon barrel will essentially tell you the direction of your spray. So as long as you can make adjustments on the fly, you should be able to mitigate the effects of RNG in your spray pattern to an extent.


How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
Riot Games
The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.