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xQc roasts content creators “quitting” games over Valorant

Published: 7/Apr/2020 19:45 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 19:59

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Game’s new team-based FPS Valorant has already experienced an incredible amount of hype, but former Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel said he doesn’t understand why it’s caused so many players from other games to burn bridges with their personal favorite titles.

Valorant has been on the radar since it was first revealed back in 2019, and on the eve of the closed beta launch on April 6, Twitter was flooded with streamers and content creators proudly declaring they were leaving their old games behind.

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xQc, who has unofficially quit Overwatch more times than we can count, said he didn’t understand all the players and content creators who were putting out statements ripping on their old games with Valorant’s release in sight.

To be fair, while xQc has said he’s “done” with Overwatch plenty of times, he’s never put out a lengthy statement completely cutting all ties with the game.

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However, plenty of people are doing just that, considering all of the hype and excitement surrounding Valorant. The Tier 2 North American Overwatch scene, for example, was practically emptied of talent overnight ahead of Valorant’s beta launch.

The former Dallas Fuel and Team Canada tank said he didn’t understand all of the players who put out long TwitLongers or posts about why they were cutting ties with their old games.

“I’m not kidding, I really don’t know why that people feel that they need to run a statement about them quitting a game,” Felix explained in a live stream. “I don’t know like, ‘Oh, guys I am an Overwatch creator. Guys, I’m quitting Overwatch forever, f**k you guys.’ It’s so like, weird dude.”

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It might not be the smartest move either, he argued, since players who make such statements tend to go back to playing the game they supposedly left behind, looking like “cowards.”

“You look like a coward,” xQc claimed. “It achieves nothing, it achieves absolutely nothing. When did I ever do that? I never did this, I’m not a hypocrite.”

xQc was playing Valorant along with everyone else who was lucky enough to receive beta access on April 7, and so far, he appears to be getting the hang of things.

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He was even able to take a bit of Overwatch tech and apply it to Valorant using Raze’s Blast Packs, as you can see in the clip above, which undoubtedly has some serious Junkrat energy.

While a new game like Valorant is exciting and could present multiple opportunities for people, burning bridges behind you might not be the best way to announce you’re planning on giving it a shot.

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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.