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Valorant players slam Riot for not supporting Rated Solo Queue

Published: 14/May/2020 3:37

by Andrew Amos

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Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, Lucas ‘Mendo’ Håkansson, Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca, and more have criticized Riot’s approach to Valorant ranked queues, saying solo queue is needed for “a truly fair competitive experience.”

Valorant’s Rated mode has come under scrutiny from players for not being truly competitive. While players have the chance to grind to the top of the leaderboards, the system is heavily skewed towards premades without a dedicated solo queue.

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Valorant’s ranked system has come under fire for not including a separate solo queue.

In a May 13 blog post, Product Manager Ian Fielding said Riot weren’t looking at adding a solo queue  similar to League of Legends. They want the focus to be on teamplay, and not making solo queue “the definitive test of someone’s skills.”

“It’s important to us that competitive matchmaking in VALORANT is focused on teamplay, because we believe that playing as a team is a major component in your overall mastery of the game,” he said.

“We also think it’s valuable for players to search for good teammates now for competitive play, so when higher-stakes competition becomes available, they already have teammates they can rely on.”

However, the decision has been widely criticized by players. The community, especially pro players, want to see Riot implement Rated Solo Queue to improve the high-elo competitive experience.

“Solo queue is imperative for a truly fair competitive experience, especially at the highest ranks when matched against a full 5-stack of players,” said Slasher.

Some players, like Dafran, also drew hypotheticals based on other games.

“Imagine if Astralis was as good at Valorant as they are in CS:GO and they 5 stack,” he said. “There will not be enough players in the highest rank, so your system will put 5 soloqs against Astralis.”

Others, like Mendo, have said they will flat out ignore Valorant Rated without solo queue in place.

“Unfortunately it seems like ranked will continue to put solo queue players against 5-stacks and that it is an intended feature,” said Mendo, before promoting his 10-man system.

It’s still early on in the Valorant beta, with the game having been open for a month.

Riot could backflip on their decision based on community opinion, but for now, it looks like solo queuing in Rated is going to be tough for the time being.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.