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Valorant “win-by-two” OT could lead to competitive match length problems

Published: 15/Jul/2020 1:16

by Bill Cooney


Valorant has faced some criticism for the length of its matches since beta, and new OT rules could make them last even longer, which could be a problem for the still-developing pro scene.

Riot’s new FPS made massive waves when it came out from closed beta at the beginning of June, with tons of established esports pros leaving their respective scenes to try their luck in Valorant, like Overwatch League MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Won.

While a good number of newly-minted Valorant pros have come from games like CS:GO (which has had its fair share of issues with player burnout in the past), they might soon find that their new game of choice is pretty taxing, as well.

At the beginning of July, Valorant rolled out a change to its endgame format that introduced a “win-by-two” rule, which also opened the door for ranked matches to end in a draw.

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Some Valorant matches have been going even longer since Riot’s rule change.

The effects of this seemingly minor rule change became apparent during the match between ‘need more DM’ and ‘Team xz,’ with the first map of the matchup lasting an entire hour and two minutes of actual in-game time.

Obviously this is a long time to watch a single Valorant map, but it must seem even longer to the players who are actually participating in the match.

It’s not just pro players and ladder climbers that will have to deal with these new marathon matches, but tournament organizers too, who could definitely have a problem sticking to their set schedules if matches go the distance like NMDM and xz’s did.

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The match between need more DM and team xz was definitely the longest of the tournament.

That’s not saying every single match will last as long as this one did, but as teams play together and the overall quality of top-level gameplay improves they could become much more common.

As Valorant’s esports scene continues to develop and grow, unpredictably long match times will be something that tournament organizers and pros will have to contend with and, based on what we’ve seen from games like CS:GO and Overwatch, could eventually become a contributing factor to player burnout.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.