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Valorant players demand change to “insane” Agent contract grind

Published: 15/Jun/2020 3:22

by Andrew Amos

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The grind to level up Agent contracts and the Ignition battle pass in Valorant is rough. However, a few simple changes players have been asking for could help unlock rewards just that bit faster.

Valorant’s reward system is primarily focused around contracts and battle passes. While you can buy skins regularly through the store, most of the time, players will get them by progressing through Agent contracts or seasonal passes.

There, you have two choices. Cough up money to skip through tiers and unlock content quickly, or put up with a hard grind to get what you want.

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If you want to get to Tier 10 on your Agent contract, you’ll need to earn 825,000 XP.

In Valorant, you earn experience to put towards your battle pass and Agent contracts by playing the game. You will receive somewhere between 1,000 to 5,200 experience a game, increasing based on how well you do and how long games run for.

You can also gain bonus boosts of experience by completing missions ⁠— which can net you an extra few thousand XP a day. However, despite this, the grind to progress through each tier of a contract or pass is arduous.

At the later stages, each tier can be worth upwards of 100,000 XP. This means that even on a good day, you’ll need to play at least a dozen games to unlock the next set of rewards. The grind has been labelled “insane” by some players, but the community has some solutions.

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Missions are worth a tiny amount of XP every day.

Reddit user ‘2Board_’ noted a few suggestions of their own, and they’re pretty smart. The first change they listed was giving players extra experience towards their active Agent contracts if they are playing said Agent.

While this wouldn’t help with unlocking new Agents faster, if you want those sweet special skins for your main, you’d be rewarded for playing them.

2Board also called on Riot to make Spike Rush more valuable by adding the same XP bonuses as Unrated, as well as introducing win streak and kill bonuses to reward players who play well.

Agent contracts should progress faster if you’re actually playing the agent from r/VALORANT

These changes have been well-received by the community as a whole. While the grind on the live servers is significantly easier than it was in beta, it’s still a hard one regardless of whether you play for 12 hours a day, or only a couple of hours a week.

Riot has been pretty receptive to player feedback, so maybe some of these changes will be implemented down the line. If you can’t wait until then though and want to blaze through your Agent contracts and battle passes now, we’ve got guides to help you unlock rewards faster.

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Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards

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The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.