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xQc explains why Valorant is more “hardcore” than Overwatch

Published: 12/Apr/2020 2:18

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch star and ex-Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ is impressed with Riot’s new team-shooter Valorant, explaining how it’s “hardcore” compared to his former mainstay title.

Even though Valorant is still in its closed-beta phase, aspiring pro players, streamers, media and more have been singing high praises for the new shooter that’s set to be one of the next exciting esports.

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As fun as the game is to play with friends, it’s been designed to be challenging since it incorporates precision aiming along with a cast of different Agents, each with their own unique abilities.

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Streamers have been praising Valorant throughout its closed beta phase.

All of the title’s elements combine to one FPS experience that puts a player’s creativity and mechanical prowess to the test.

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“It’s super hardcore,” xQc said. “You have to take the time to learn all the very basic, hardcore concepts of [Counter-Strike]. And if you don’t master one of them, you get completely crushed.”

CS has long been considered the benchmark of competitive shooting games, so the comparison isn’t something to brush off.

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The 24-year-old French-Canadian Twitch streamer then explained how Valorant demands a lot more from its players compared to titles like Overwatch.

“In Overwatch, you can do well without mastering all the basics, like movement, peeking, pushing, weapon swapping,” xQc said. “You can disregard most things in Overwatch and still do extremely well and be a top player; in this game you cannot.”

He added that “you will fail 100%” if you can’t demonstrate proper mechanics and understanding of FPS games and how to properly play as a team in Valorant when hitting a site.

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Properly using abilities in Valorant is just as key as having great aim.

This was on full display during the showmatch between the game’s devs and popular streamers Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Jardy ‘summit1g’ Lazar, Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham, Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows and Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom.

Even though the Streamer’s team was packed with talented FPS players, they got destroyed in every map against the team of devs who knew how every character’s abilities and synergies worked, as well as being good shots themselves.

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“I love that this is happening,” shroud would say after every round that he and his team would get completely dismantled. The former Counter-Strike pro knew that as much fun as he’s been having in the game, every loss proved there was that much more to learn in Valorant.

The future of the game looks to be bright, and players like xQc will be looking forward to where the game will evolve from here.

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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.

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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.