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Why are Valorant players buying the Ares in anti-eco rounds?

Published: 6/May/2020 8:59

by Andrew Amos


The Ares has risen up over the Bulldog and Spectre as the gun to buy on half-buys, anti-ecos, and even eco rounds in Valorant. We’ve broken down why you should be picking it up too.

Valorant’s weapon meta is still getting solved. The game hasn’t even been out for a month yet, and while some guns have emerged as top-tier over others, when it comes to the best bang for your buck, things are still getting figured out.

Knowing what to buy when you are forcing, or in an anti-eco situation, can be tough. While it might be easy to fall back onto an SMG or a shotgun, the pros have started taking one weapon over all ⁠— the Ares.

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The Ares is becoming the go-to gun on anti-ecos.

Originally, Valorant players started buying the Spectre when they were strapped for cash. It was great in close ranges against unarmored opponents, and had a suppressed fire sound.

However, pros and high-ranked players started picking up the Ares after the T1 Valorant Invitational. It’s easy to see why. While heavy weapons are considered a meme in games like CS:GO, in Valorant, the Ares should be feared.

It has an extremely high rate of fire, coupled with a large magazine designed to spray through smokes and walls. It’s got a super simple spray pattern ⁠— just pull down ⁠— although its bullet spread isn’t ideal. It’s effective at both short and long range. And it only costs 1,800 creds.

Watch EliGE get a 2k with the Ares to win the half-buy in the T1 Invitational Grand Final.

The main competitors to the Ares are the Bulldog and Spectre. It sits in between the two on cost ⁠— with the Bulldog on the high side at 2,100, and the Spectre sitting at 1,700.

However, the Ares can outshine both of them in different ways. The Ares has a magazine over twice the size (50 vs. 24), better wall penetration, and a faster rate of fire (10-13 rounds per second vs. 9.15) compared to the Bulldog.

Up against the Spectre, an extra 100 creds gets you higher damage at all ranges, better penetration, and a larger magazine. The Ares does less damage to the head, but it’s great for a spray down.

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The Spectre might be 100 creds cheaper, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Ares.

While the Ares is by no way a substitute to rifles like the Phantom or the Vandal, or a sniper like the Operator, you’ll be getting more bang for your buck in anti-ecos, half-buys, and other money-strapped situations.

It’s dead easy to use, and its stats are remarkably good. If you can look past the “Heavy” tag, the Ares is one of the strongest ⁠— if not the best ⁠— cheap weapon in Valorant, and using it could be the difference between victory and defeat.


Riot handing out big Valorant bans for players who queue with cheaters

Published: 28/Jan/2021 7:20

by Andrew Amos


Riot Games is making a promise to not just stop Valorant cheaters, but those who play with hackers. New punishments, including big bans, are on the way to stem those who “ride the cheat bus on the highway to hell.”

Cheaters in Valorant have been a big problem since the game’s release. Despite the deep Vanguard anti-cheat, sometimes players slip through the cracks. Late in 2020, this was a massive problem as players grinded for the best Act Rank possible before Episode 2.

Riot’s systems have adapted though. They’ve boasted about their low cheating rate, although were quick to concede that the negative of encountering just one outweighs the positives.

“We’ve worked to make cheating difficult and expensive, and as a result, the percentage of games with a cheater is a fraction of a percent,” developer Matt ‘K3o’ Paoletti told players on January 27.

“However, those who were able to cheat impacted players far too often. Encountering a cheater isn’t just an inconvenience — it could mean a missed promotion, or a demoralizing halt of a win streak.”

While Riot has done a solid job tackling cheaters, including even snagging a prospective pro mid-scrim, there’s another level they need to address ⁠— players who willingly queue with cheaters.

This is harder to detect with Vanguard, as player intent isn’t clear. However, Riot is looking at cracking down on repeat offenders with 90-day bans. It’s not quite a Hardware ID ban like those dished out to cheaters, but it’s something for those who leech off of them.

“We saw that some players also looked to bask in the ill-gotten gains of cheaters by teaming with them—knowing that the cheater would get banned after a few games, but they would get to reap the rewards,” K3o added.

“One of the first new efforts is to discipline players who queue with cheaters, or as we can colloquially call it, ‘ride the cheat bus on the highway to hell.’ Rank should be an indicator of your skill, not your ability to pay for a service.”

Valorant match cancelled due to cheaters
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If a cheater is detected in the middle of a match, Valorant will instantly end the game for all competitors.

Further Vanguard anti-cheat changes to recalibrate rank

That change is one of many being implemented to Vanguard in Episode 2. Riot is looking at a system to recalibrate players’ ranks after cheaters are banned. This is a similar system to how Ubisoft tackles hackers in Rainbow Six.

“The team is also looking at other measures to rectify the damage caused by cheaters, most noticeably, re-calibrating your rating after it may have been impacted by illegitimate players. All forms of boosting are being considered,” he said.

More changes are expected in Episode 2 and beyond, but it’s a promising trend to try and tackle what was once an out-of-control problem.