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Valorant players create simple idea to avoid solo queue problems

Published: 17/May/2020 12:51

by Andy Williams

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Following Riot’s announcement that they would not be implementing a solo queue playlist into Valorant’s Rated mode, players have taken it upon themselves to find a happy medium.

Riot’s tactical shooter is making waves in the realm of esports, even in its closed beta. As the beta matures, more and more players are moving into the Valorant space, which has had a knock-on effect on competitive play.

Players are flooding Valorant’s Rated mode in a bid to climb the ranks and mix it with the very best in their region. But, according to some players, the matchmaking system is flawed.

Valorant competitive ranks.
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There are eight ranks, with budding players striving to achieve the coveted Valorant rating.

In their most recent update (Patch 0.50), Riot stated: “If you are playing solo or with smaller group sizes, we’ve worked to make it so our matchmaking will favor placing players against similar premade team sizes.”

Yet following a lack of support for a dedicated solo queue playlist, plenty of players (including some of the community’s biggest names) have slammed Riot’s decision, with Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau describing it as “imperative for a truly fair competitive experience.”

With that in mind, ‘Safwanish’ devised the perfect solution — a ‘stay with team’ option for those who struggle to find a five stack of teammates.

Valorant 'Stay with team' button/feature.
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Staying with teammates would greatly increase your chances of ranking up, given how Valorant assess progress to your rank.

Riot’s rationale for not pursuing a separate solo queue playlist is to encourage playing as a team — as they believe this to be a “major component in your overall mastery of the game.”

Granting players an option to vote on whether they’d like to play together again would promote Riot’s message, while also mitigating the effects of the current matchmaking system, which heavily favors premade teams.

This would be especially useful in regions such as Europe, where there are often more barriers to overcome that can hinder team chemistry (there are over 200 languages spoken on the continent, for example).

So finding allies that play the right Agents, speak the same language, have a similar MMR, and above all, have fun playing together, would be made much easier with the introduction of this simple feature.

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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

icebox valorant map
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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.