xQc explains why Valorant is more “hardcore” than Overwatch

Published: 12/Apr/2020 2:18

by Alan Bernal


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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

“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.


Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.