A breakdown of wall penetration shots in Valorant shows how hit registration and damage output can be inconsistent across the various maps or weapons in the game.
Since the title’s official launch on June 2, there’s been a ton of experimentation from players trying to understand all of the mechanics inside of Riot’s new tactical shooter. So far people have figured out the best ways to play on Bind, use Agents like Cypher, and more.
But one concept that still throws players in a loop is the “janky” wall penetration that can sometimes be of use but doesn’t always happen when expected – and when it does, the inflicted damage can be errant as well.
Taking a closer look into the issue, YouTuber ‘quarkez’ tested out different weapons while taking note of factors such as wall materials, bullet damage, degree of penetration, and more.
Through the trials, they found that glass and wooden barriers in Valorant need a low amount of bullet seepage to break through while stone or brick is considered medium, leaving metal as needing a high amount of penetration power to hit.
Wall bangs in Valorant have been found to be inconsistent.
Quarkez noted that the type of material a wall is made of as well as the angle it’s hit, the thickness of the object, and the type of gun being used all influence the outcome.
“From what I learned, wall penetration in Valorant is very janky,” they explained. They found that the damage output from the same shot can be different, meanwhile the penetration of a bullet can change if a single wall is made of two different materials on either side.
Adding to their concerns was the difficulty of measuring how strong the bullet will hit depending on the thickness of the wall and the angle of the shot since there are some circumstances that negate the projectile.
Finally, there are walls that do not give an indication that a bullet has penetrated its hull, but the Agent on the other side gets hit nonetheless.
Playing around bullet penetration is a crucial mechanic that players of all competitive levels aim to master, but Riot might need to fix some of the finer details with it to make it more consistent.
The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.
The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.
However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.
The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.
Valorant Champions Tour regions
Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.
North America (includes Oceania)
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.
Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.
Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.
What is Valorant Challengers?
Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region — regardless of size — will have a Challengers event.
Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.
Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:
North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
Brazil: Top 2 teams
Korea: Top 2 teams
Japan: Top 2 teams
South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers
There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.
What is Valorant Masters?
Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.
Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event — the World Championship.
Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.
What is Valorant Champions?
Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.
There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.
Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.
North America (and OCE): 4 slots
Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
Brazil: At least 2 slots
Latin America: At least 1 slot
Japan: At least 1 slot
South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
Korea: At least 1 slot
Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite
Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!