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Valorant’s high-quality settings can surprisingly buff certain Agents

Published: 14/Jul/2020 3:32

by Brad Norton

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Changing your graphic settings in Valorant can actually change what’s possible with certain Agents, as new textures have been discovered on the highest options.

Lowering your graphical settings in any FPS game is common practice to get the best performance and Valorant is no different. You want the highest frame rate possible to have the smoothest performance and never feel cheated by your system.

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You may have instinctually lowered everything the moment you first booted up the game. New discoveries might force you to change that, however. If your PC is capable of running Valorant with higher settings enabled, that is.

Maps can surprisingly change in small ways with higher settings switched on. Textures will appear that simply don’t exist on the lowest options. While many of them are strictly visual, some actually exist as new geometry. Allowing Agents to interact with them and therefore providing new options.

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While experimenting in a custom game on July 12, Reddit user ‘Interr0gate’ found a few of these discrepancies. One of the major textures appears in the middle of Ascent just next to the market.

Higher graphics settings show invisible textures that allow for more ability lineups. from VALORANT

On the lower settings, bullets appear to make an impact and Sova’s Recon Bolt sticks into an invisible surface. Nothing can be seen in the sky, but all signs point towards some kind of geometry sticking out.

Switching to the higher graphical options, an entirely new clothesline appears overhead. Half of the clothes hanging down can be shot through as though they didn’t exist. But the other half are fully rendered into the map, allowing all sorts of abilities and weapons to interact.

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This may not seem like the biggest deal at first, but it can establish a huge imbalance. For those on the lower settings, the thought would never even cross their mind to check this location. But for those on the higher settings, that could serve as a cheeky new Recon Bolt spot.

Split is another map that features a visual difference as well. A new texture appears at A ramp on the highest setting. While this isn’t quite as significant, it can allow for all-new ability line ups across the board. 

Valorant Ascent high graphic settings
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These clothes on Ascent only appear on the highest settings.

A wide array of Agents can benefit from these additional textures. Cypher can place new Spycams, Viper can angle new Toxic Screens, and plenty more. It’s a clear discrepancy that could leave those with less powerful gaming rigs at a slight disadvantage.

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Riot are yet to comment on the issue, though it’s likely these specific examples are fixed in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for other surprising textures that may now be discovered on the highest settings, however.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.