Valorant Ranked changes announced for patch 2.03: AFK penalties, Act rewards change, more

Published: 3/Feb/2021 0:12

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games is already looking toward Valorant patch 2.03 that will include the highly-requested AFK penalties and a look at how Episode 2: Act 2 rewards will be earned depending on your rank or leaderboard position.

Valorant just received it’s 2.02 update that brought with it changes to contentious issues like the running accuracy of the game by tinkering with how the run/walk/crouch errors to rifle accuracy impact your shot.

The in-game changes will be scrutinized to see if they deliver on what fans have been hoping for. But, at the same time, Riot is also moving on changes that could impact crucial aspects outside of an actual match that have also been clamored about online.

For now, Riot is just talking about what they hope comes in the next patch, and it could include a frontline safeguard to protecting the competitive integrity of Ranked play.

Valorant AFK penalties

valorant afk penalty
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Valorant could get a comprehensive AFK penalty in patch 2.03.

The Valorant devs have been hearing the pleas to bring in an AFK (away from keyboard) penalty to Ranked games. As a result, Riot has outlined what they see coming to their tactical shooter for inactive players in the competitive queue.

“Yeah, AFK teammates usually ruin a ranked match, as well as make you lose RR when you don’t deserve it,” Jon ‘Evrmoar’ Walker said in the dev update.

For players who went AFK during a loss, Riot is going to give them a harsher RR loss after the game that “can go above our maximum caps.”

This is only the first part of what could be a multi-pronged effort to dissuade people from going AFK; and if they still do, then make sure that they’re out of the competitive queue for a fair amount of time.

Act Ranked reward changes

valorant act episode rewards
Riot Games
Valorant Episode 1 ranked rewards. Riot could be releasing rewards for every Act as well.

There are going to be “rewards based on the end of Act leaderboard standings, or highest rank achieved,” possibly coming in the next Valorant patch update.

The studio is implementing a slight change to how your Act rank will be decided. The new system will determine your Act Range Badge by the highest triangle rank you’ve accomplished, instead of your tip nine wins.

In either case, that will be the determinant of how Riot distributes new rewards at the end of an act. This also extends to the highest echelon of players in Immortal/Radiant depending on your position on the leaderboard.

While the devs are keeping it tight lipped about what those specific rewards will be for now, we now know how Valorant players will be judged for when they ultimately come at the end of the Act.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 22 live: release time, leaks, predictions

Published: 24/Feb/2021 7:35

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 22, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the next in-form team of 2021, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

Right off the bat, we’ll admit this Team of the Week lineup has no clear star headliner crowning the squad. That said, it does look like a pretty cracking team, all up.

We don’t think FIFA 21 players will be complaining too much, however ⁠— derby heroes Richarlison and Jadon Sancho lead a potentially forward-slanted squad after ousting their opponents Liverpool and Schalke 04 in local clashes over the weekend. Real Madrid maestro Casemiro may also be splashed in too.

Lautaro Martinez could be a headlining star in TOTW 22 as well after the Inter striker dismantled local title rivals Milan in yet another February grudge match. The 3–0 win, which saw Martinez score twice, put Inter in first place.

Wolverhampton keeper Rui Patrício could also be included.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week FIFA 21 promo, including when the Team of the Week lineup will drop, and Dexerto’s weekly predictions.

Jadon Sancho missed out last week, but the young Englishman may be included in TOTW 16 instead.
Jadon Sancho may have earned his spot in TOTW 22 after demolishing Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke.

Team of the Week 22 start time

On Feb. 24, FIFA 21 publishers EA will release the twenty-second batch of Team of the Week cards. The TOTW 22 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 22 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 22 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week 22 cards slip ⁠— the last time they accidentally pushed out upgrades early was TOTW 7, and more recently 10. The last two months have been fairly sparse in that regard.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 22 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th minute goal at Anfield.
Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th-minute goal at Anfield.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 22 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 22 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Daniel Cárdenas – Levante
  • Rui Patricio – Wolves
  • Birger Meling – Nimes
  • Filip Mladenovic – Legia Warszawa
  • Dani Calvo – Elche
  • Jerry St Juste – FSV Mainz
  • Marcel Sabitzer – RB Leipzig
  • Casemiro – Real Madrid
  • Gaetano Castrovilli – Fiorentina
  • Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
  • Daichi Kamada – Frankfurt
  • Mario Gotze – PSV
  • Renato Steffen – Wolfsburg
  • Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
  • Lucas Piazon – SC Braga
  • Yusuf Erdoğan – Kasımpaşa
  • Stephy Mavididi – Montpellier
  • Dusan Tadic – Ajax
  • Harvey Barnes – Leicester City
  • Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
  • Richarlison – Everton
  • Patson Daka – RB Salzburg
  • Alexander Isak – Real Sociedad
  • Sander Van de Streek – FC Utrecht 
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 22.

Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!