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When is Valorant Rated mode going live? Return date, ranks, more

Published: 4/Jun/2020 10:17 Updated: 15/Jun/2020 19:00

by Andrew Amos


Valorant’s full launch is finally here, but one key feature is missing from the closed beta. The Rated queue is still disabled, meaning ranked play is out of the question for now. But when is it making its return?

If you were looking at continuing your grind to the top echelons of Valorant, you might have to put on the brakes. Valorant’s Rated queue wasn’t shipped with the full launch of the game, closing down competitive ranked play.

It won’t be gone forever ⁠— the competitive playlist will be back soon. How soon though? You might have to wait a few weeks…

What is Valorant Rated mode?

If you need a quick refresher, or have no idea what it is, Valorant’s Rated queue is for ranked play. Players can queue up for a competitive game, with their hard-earned rank on the line. It plays out just like an Unrated game, but obviously there’s some extra incentive to winning. Playing in Rated queue won’t give you extra XP (unlike other games), but that may change in the future.

You can queue up for Rated with as many friends as you like. The game will try and balance teams based on the amount of pre-made squads, their size, and the collective ranks of everyone in a game.

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To access Valorant’s Rated queue, you must first play 20 Unrated matches.

What are the ranks in Valorant?

Valorant’s ranking system is similar to League of Legends. There are eight overall ranks:

In each tier, there’s three divisions, except for the top rank — aptly named, Valorant. Unlike League of Legends, you don’t have to play a promotion series to go between divisions and ranks ⁠— instead you just go up and down as your matchmaking rating (MMR) changes.

Valorant rank guide
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There are three divisions in every rank, except for Valorant.

When is Rated mode coming to Valorant?

Valorant’s Rated queue didn’t launch with the live servers, but it’s coming soon. While there’s no confirmed date yet, Riot has let players in on a potential release window for Rated queue.

“We’re not going to be launching with ranked, probably turning it on in a few weeks once everything’s stable,” Valorant communications lead ‘Pwyff’ said prior to the game’s full release.

On June 15, Riot Game’s Joe Ziegler informed fans that Valorant’s rated competitive mode would be returning “sometime next week” which means we could see it anytime from June 22 – 26, so the theories that had it arriving at the end of this month seemed to be pretty close to the money.

If you were wondering about your progress transferring from the closed beta, there’ll be some conditions. While everyone’s ranks will be reset, and you’ll be tossed back into playing your placements, you’ll still have a hidden MMR similar to your closed beta one.

This means if you finished in Diamond or above, you won’t be starting out in Iron, but maybe Gold or Platinum instead.

If you are a ranked warrior, don’t stress. There’s still plenty of reasons to jump into Valorant, despite Rated queues not being up. You can brush up on your skills in Unrated, and make sure you can start your ranked grind off on the right foot.


Radianite-infused Valorant Agent concept could dominate Episode 2

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:55

by Brad Norton


New Agents are always the most exciting thing in Valorant, and this remarkably detailed concept would be a perfect fit for the game’s second Episode coming up soon.

Since the release of Riot’s tactical FPS, we’ve seen one new character added into the mix with each new Act. Sticking to their intended schedule of releases, this means we can expect to see another fresh Agent at the beginning of Episode 2.

While we’re still a ways off, there’s no better time to theorize what the next addition could look like. What abilities would help push the game in a new direction? What kind of style should they have to stand out from the rest of the lineup? Well this incredible Agent concept answers those questions and then some.

Previous designs have captured the imaginations of the community and some have actually been quite close to what the developers were working on. The latest idea brings us ‘Mamuro.’ A Radianite-infused Agent with a shocking samurai aesthetic.

Mamuro: Valorant Initiator Agent concept

Valorant gameplay
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One of Mamuro’s abilities makes your weapons deadlier than ever.

“Mamuro summons lightning bolts on the battlefield and smashes enemies without hesitation,” the Agent description reads. Not only do we have a visual of the character, but Reddit user ‘VisiblePerson’ has also provided a complete breakdown of the kit as well.

All of the abilities are unlike anything else in Valorant today. Some assist with movement, others stun, while the Ultimate is all about slaying. One factor is common across the board, however, lightning and thunder are Mamuro’s tools for the job.

Two of the abilities bring out Mamuro’s sword. Thunder Cutter is the first, allowing you to slash and dash through any given map. Similar to Genji from Overwatch, dashing deals 75 damage though it surprisingly lets you phase through walls as well. Rather than taking down foes, however, it might be best used to destroy enemy projectiles. You can take anything out “with one swing” and even negate the first shot fired from an opposing player.

Valorant concept
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The full concept from VisiblePerson on Reddit.

Rising Thunder is a 7-cost Ultimate that actually harms you before it can change the course of a round. Upon activating the ability, 50% of your health will be wiped out. In this process, you’re transformed into “an electric demon armed with a blade.” This blade lets you move faster than usual, gives you a whopping 250HP, and lets you slash away at foes with 50 damage per strike.

  • Ability 1 (Q) – Overload: EQUIP a discharge of electricity and upgrade different types of weapons. LMB – Upgrade ally. RMB – Upgrade yourself. (Pistols mark enemies, SMG & AR Damage increased by 10%, Rifles reload faster)
  • Ability 2 (E) – Thunder Cutter: EQUIP a blade of thunder and defeat enemies or destroy a projectile flying at you. LMB – Dash with the blade and deal 75 damage. Makes a loud sound and allows you to move through walls. RMB – Destroy an enemy projectile with one swing of the blade or protect yourself from the first shot of an enemy.
  • Signature Ability (C) – Heaven Roar: EQUIP a paper version of the map you’re playing on. Select where you want to send lightning and press RMB. After a 1.5 second cast time, the lightning strikes, dealing 40 damage and blinding enemies. Blind lasts 1.5 seconds.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) – Rising Thunder: EQUIP a blade of thunder and sacrifice 50% of your health to transform into an electric demon. You’ll be armed with a blade that deals 50 damage per hit and allows you to move 1.5x faster than usual. This also gives you 250 health and increases your damage with each kill. This Ultimate ends after 20 seconds without a kill.
Overwatch gameplay
Similar to Genji from Overwatch, Mamuro can dash in Valorant, though with a serious downside that reveals your position.

With such unique movement and devastating effects, there’s no denying Mamuro would shake up the game. Could this Agent be a little overpowered? There’s no real way of telling without seeing it in the mix. Though as with every new character, the community will find new ways to work around the innovative kit.

Episode 2 is still a little while away, so don’t expect to see another new Agent until then. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about the next major update.