Valorant players want key feature for matchmaking queues - Dexerto

Valorant players suggest perfect way to kill time when waiting for matches

Published: 4/Jul/2020 16:25

by Andy Williams


Valorant players want to be able to use ‘The Range’ while queuing for Competitive games, which would make some of the lengthy queues more bearable.

Grinding your way to the top of Valorant’s Competitive ranks is no easy feat. Given just how intense and cut-throat matches can be, staying on top of your game is essential.

Although, the closer you get to Radiant, the further you find yourself creeping into that 0.1% of the population — and with a smaller pool of players to choose from comes longer queue times.

At the very peak of Mount Valorant’s summit (Radiant rank), it’s not uncommon for players to sit queuing for way over an hour… Leaving them going into their match cold and unprepared.

Valorant players queuing for a Competitive match.
Mixwell (Twitter)
G2 Mixwell queued for over two hours to find a Competitive match.

Queuing while using The Range

Of course, the reason for this is twofold: there are less players to choose from at the highest ranks, and most players queue in a five-stack, which makes it that much harder for Valorant to generate an equally matched lobby.

To mitigate this, the Valorant community has come up with a simple solution: enable The Range while queuing.

Giving players access to The Range during a queue will allow time to work on aim and practice movement, preventing the obvious boredom that comes with lengthy queues.

Queueing while in ‘The Range’ from VALORANT

Indeed this is a bugbear for streamers who are towards the higher end of Valorant’s ranked spectrum. G2 Esports’ captain, Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañellas, has also been vocal in his demands for the feature — showing that the general consensus points towards a need for the feature to be embedded in Competitive queues.

For someone like Mixwell, lengthy queues can present quite a problem while streaming, given the obvious strains that come with keeping an audience entertained without any gameplay.

Of course, Riot Games have made their stance clear in terms of wanting to improve Valorant and listen to community feedback as time goes on… So who knows, perhaps shooting Future Earth’s dummies while queueing is a feature that could be coming in the not too distant future.


Summit1G explains the biggest issue with Valorant’s Stinger

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:09

by Jacob Hale


Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar is a fairly accomplished gamer in many realms and genres — but he has vowed to never use the Stinger SMG in Valorant ever again after a rough go of it.

Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre has been a success, with many top streamers and pro players from other games immediately falling in love with the gameplay and making the switch to it.

Obviously, while the game is fun, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, as any player will attest to, whether it be the Agents’ abilities, bugs, or weapons in the game.

Now, Summit has had it with one particular gun: the Stinger SMG. And he’s promised to never use it again.

Valorant Stinger
Riot Games
The Stinger is commonly regarded as one of the worst weapons in the game.

While playing as Omen on Haven, Summit’s team was taking a beating, down 11-3, and he decided to buy the Stinger to see if it can help turn the team’s fortunes around.

As luck would have it, his team did actually win the round — no thanks to Summit’s Stinger, though.

“That’s not my aim, that gun sucks d**k,” he said, as his chat started laughing at some of his missed shots. “You shoot that gun for three bullets before it just does what it wants. I will never buy that gun again, dude. I don’t know how people play like this.”

As specified in our guide to the very best weapons in Valorant, the Stinger is arguably one of the worst guns in the game.

The Spectre SMG is far more favorable in its class, so we’ll likely see Summit opt to use that more in the future if he wants a submachine gun and to rush into the thick of the action. At the very least, we know full well that he won’t be touching the Stinger again unless it gets a considerable buff.