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Valorant team tricked into surrendering match by fake Riot message

Published: 23/Jul/2020 20:24

by Alan Bernal


There’s a trend cropping up in Valorant’s matchmaking where people are playing a trick on other teams with a fake notice from Riot’s Vanguard, which can sometimes lead to people surrendering their game.

If there’s ever an instance where Riot detects an active hacker in a Valorant match, the system cancels the game with a red screen saying a hacker was found and subsequently punished.

But trolls in matchmaking come in many forms and some of them are starting to use the /All chat function to get their points across. People have seen these fake notices and it’s all in good fun, but players on the other side of the ruse should at least be aware to not unnecessarily forfeit Rank.

In any part of a game, but typically at the start of it, a giant notice can pop up in the chat to ‘warn’ the people inside of the match that Vanguard has detected a cheater.

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Riot makes it completely obvious when their system detects a hacker.

Nothing special or immediate happens after seeing the prompt, but the messages sometimes end by telling people that “this match will not be counted towards your current rank.”

Well naturally, if you’re grinding Ranked games, some teams aren’t going to be too keen on playing out a full match if it won’t count to their climb or if a Vanguard-detected hacker is supposedly in the lobby.

After seeing Riot’s message, user ‘oh_mans’ and their team agreed to a Surrender vote just to get out of the game and move on to an appropriate match. The only problem was that Riot never sent that message.

“Got put in a game with a hacker and was told the game wouldn’t count towards our rank,” they said. “After surrendering we lost Elo and a friend deranked.”

Got put in a game with a hacker and was told the game wouldn’t count towards our rank. After surrendering we lost elo and a friend deranked. from VALORANT

Unfortunately, too many players chimed in to say they too had seen it before and that oh_mans’ team was successfully tricked.

There hasn’t been an instance yet where Riot directly communicates with a lobby of 10 players through the chat function, so just make sure you scroll up and see who the last person was that sent a message.

While this is a harmless trend, people should just make note that this isn’t how Riot handles hackers to avoid a mishap in your matches.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


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.