The closed beta of Valorant has already been with us. The game was released for everyone to test, moving thousands of fans in search of access to the test version of the game. Now, a few hours before the official launch of the game, we can analyze some details.
As they were before, comparisons with CS: GO are inevitable. The game is clearly inspired by Valve’s shooter, both in shooting mechanics, in the shape of the rounds and even in the design of the maps. Still, the game from Riot Games brings news and has a lot to teach the very traditional FPS.
What can CS:GO learn from Valorant?
It was already pointed out that Riot Games could create an environment more favorable to the community than that made by Valve. As much as the customer of League of Legends has problems, he does not overcome the countless bureaucracies that CS: GO brings to its players.
Even with the closed beta of Valorant it was already possible to use a simple tool to create duels of 5 against 5. In Counter-Strike, making a custom match involves commands on the console. The use of external platforms to get ten colleagues together in the same room.
Valorant brings a native training arena, without the need to bring any extra downloads. The map has elements that closely resemble the aim_botz of CS: GO. Map where players are surrounded by bots to train their aim.
Of course this exists in Valve’s game, but, as always, there is some bureaucracy. This type of content must be purchased through the Steam Workshop. It is entirely created by the community itself, not by the game developer. In terms of performance, Riot also cleans up. League of Legends was already a very balanced and smooth game to run even on very limited machines; for Valorant, ditto.
The minimum requirements may even show something different. Valorant asks for 1GB of VRAM, while CS asks for only 512MB, for example, but make no mistake. Valve’s game is known for having nice optimizations, presenting bottlenecks in computers with respectable configuration. It is not uncommon for a computer to suffer some pain to run CS: GO in minimal configurations. But bizarrely improve performance by activating higher quality textures and shadows, for example. The game is extremely processor dependent, and only uses the capacity of your video card when necessary.
In Valorant, the feeling is something balanced. If your computer can run CS:GO, you can be sure that it will not suffer at all from the novelty of Riot Games. Finally, it is essential to talk about the quality of the servers used by Riot. It is routine to find matches in very few seconds in the game. Of course, the game is on the rise and being played by an immense number of people. At the same time, however, CS: GO is consistently the most played game on Steam. Even so, it takes any five minutes to find a ranked match.
What can Valorant learn from CS:GO?
Critics aside, CS: GO is still king in the field of tactical shooters. Again, the game is the most played on Steam, and its esports scene reaches stratospheric numbers. IEM Katowice 2020, for example, reached 1 million simultaneous viewers without even being a Major.
Shooting time is a great advantage over the competition. Players have been using the Counter-Strike AK-47 for twenty years. Several of his current maps are reformulations of very old scenarios. The competitive format already exists even before esports are called esports.
In face of Valorant, age appears a lot when talking about aspects such as interface and map design. A pleasant surprise in Valorant is his tool for customizing the aim, something that CS:GO only added in 2020. On the other hand, the game’s radar can be quite confusing, bringing an enormous amount of information and possibly disorienting the player.
Traditionally, the five members of your team will appear on the radar. However, the game does not give any prominence to the player’s own icon. While the other members appear with illustrations of the chosen character. Your own doll is just a white ball, which goes largely unnoticed among so many colorful items.
On the Haven map, for example, there are several walls that practically touch, but do not have any type of connection between them. Not to mention a straightke situation in bomb C, where there are very few viable options for disabling Spike. There is the traditional way, through the Defenders base, or risk invading other positions that may already be dominated by the opponent.
The major concern of Riot Games, however, should be how to build a sustainable esports scenario. CS: GO has always stood out for keeping a very open circuit, allowing countless organizations to be responsible for big tournaments.
Championships and the near future
Riot Games, taking League of Legends into account, represents the opposite of that. All relevant LoL championships are managed by Riot itself, and there is almost no room for outside organizers. For Valorant, however, the guidelines are different. The company has already released a document detailing its plans for e-sports, separating tournaments into three different classifications. Smaller tournaments, with a maximum of US $ 10,000 in prizes, medium, with up to US $ 50,000, and large tournaments, made in partnership with companies such as ESL and Dreamhack.
Taking the reins off the competitive landscape a little bit, Riot certainly aims to get closer to what made CS: GO grow. But you need to be careful not to become almost an electronic sports villain. Polemics involving Valve and the CS: GO competition abound. Speaking only from the past three years, we have examples of a Major starting immediately after a player’s vacation.
Above all this, the company let go of the reins of esports so much that it ended up letting competitiveness get out of its control. Closed circuits and major championships started to clash with the Majors, the only tournaments sponsored by Valve itself.
With that in mind, Riot can consider acting as regulator of the scenario, preventing Valorant from following the path of his greatest inspiration. That said, Valorant’s potential among tactical shooters is pretty clear. Without even being officially released, the game is already ahead of its biggest competition in many ways.
With the necessary time and care, a future where the game is considered to be vastly superior to CS: GO is totally doable. Esports audiences, however, are a totally different monster, and will depend heavily on decisions made by Riot in the near future.
Valorant: Rewards, Competitive and Valorant Ranked Mode
Valorant Ranked Mode contains patents. The largest with three subdivisions each, ranging from Iron to Radiant. A similar way to the links in League of Legends. According to Riot Games’ tactical FPS performance, it is possible to obtain rewards according to rankings. The competitive mode has the same idea of matches without classification, but with the use of a Matchmaking Rating (MMR) system.
Riot does not provide the score obtained or lost for each match. There is a system based on the performances of the game’s players, which can evolve and regress from rank or subdivision. This oscillation occurs based on performances, individual or collective, within competitive games.
There is even the possibility of regression of classification depending on a losing streak. This happens on most occasions, with poor individual presentations. Check out the guide involving everything about how Valorant ranks work:
Valorant Ranked Mode, rewards and deadlines
From the standpoint of rankings, there are eight divisions in all. In order from smallest to largest, they are: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal and Radiant. With the exception of Radiante, all others have three subdivisions. They can be progressed according to the competitive performance of the player.
Regarding rank progression, each user will be able to monitor the progress of their ranking at each Valorant Act. These acts will last for two months. During this period, it will be possible to obtain rewards. These rewards have not yet been revealed and should follow the same line of League of Legends. They are usually released at a time near the end of each season.
Therefore, it seems that the prizes will be according to the ranking obtained in that final period. As an example, if a player arrives at Radiante and ends the season in Diamante III, it is the last classification that will be taken into account to reward and take into consideration in the future.
How it works?
Overall, Valorant ranks follow the same logic as normal matches. With the maximum limit of 25 rounds and the victory of the team that reaches 13th point first. To qualify them, you must complete 20 games in the No Classification mode and, after five ranked matches played, your classification will be made available among eight ranks with three subdivisions each, except for the Radiant which, in addition to being unique, cannot be achieved soon right away.
From now on it is possible to form teams with friends during ranked matches. Even if, given the proportions, there is a big difference between skill levels, it will still be possible.
For example, if you are a user classified as Diamond, Immortal or Radiant, and you want to play with a friend who is starting the game, managing Competitive Mode will not allow them to join the queue together, in order to protect competitive integrity and the experience of other players.
In fact, the player’s ranking does not regress with time, but is hidden if he does not play competitively for the period of 14 days. On the other hand, the rank will be displayed again after completing a competitive match. Something similar to what happens in CS: GO, for example.
MMR and scoring system
There is a Matchmaking Rating (MMR) system, or Match Manager Score, as used in League of Legends to define the ranking of your players. In this case, the mechanism does not provide a visible value and raises many doubts about its operation.
By the way, winning matches is the most important factor among all the available coefficients to move up in rank or ranking. On the other hand, if the player has an excellent performance in the respective game, he can rise even faster. Likewise, losing matches and showing poor performance, when compared to previous results, can also result in lowering your rank.
The individual presentation of the player, in each match, will have a great impact on the initial assessment of his abilities. It will start to import less and less as it evolves. That is, Competitive Mode will also calculate your dedication to matches. Specifically in the Radiant rank, winning wins and dedicating to matches will be the only factors calculated.
Fortnite: Summer Splash and Fortnite Patch 13.20
Available on Tuesday (30) by Epic Games, Fortnite Patch 13.20 includes new items and several bug fixes. Among the main highlights are the arrival of the Flag. Item that has been required by the Battle Royale community since Season 9 of Chapter 1. In addition, the Portable Upgrade Bench. The update is already on the public servers of PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.
Also, this Tuesday (30th), the start of the Summer Splash event in Fortnite was announced. It will be available until the end of Season 3 and has several new features. It celebrates summer in the Northern Hemisphere and will rotate and launch Limited Time Modes (MTLs). In addition, it promotes the appearance of both known and new skins, with the theme of sand, sports and food.
Fortnite Patch 13.20
The main changes in this Update were the Flag and Portable Improvement Bench. Specifically in the case of the Beacon, the item arrives as a new way to destroy buildings. Since it follows the line of the newly added Glass of Fireflies and can set fire to wooden fortifications. In addition, the weapon has a cartridge of six bullets, which cause about 60 damage to opponents in the event of an individual and direct hit. In addition to having 1.5 seconds of cooldown to explode.
The Portable Improvement Banking, in turn, improves items, which is not a novelty. It can be found at different points around the map. In fact, to obtain the item, simply destroy it normally with the collection tool to be made available in the inventory, with the options of fixing it in any other location.
Although it has not been officially released by Epic Games, there are reports of some users of the game who notice the decrease in water level and the revelation of new locations after the introduction of the update. It is worth remembering that the publisher confirmed that water levels will decrease as the season progresses.
— #Scream5 is happening! (@Iron_Wolf_Net) June 30, 2020
Check below all the issues resolved in this update by Epic Games.
- Styles for Specialist Pick and Arroio Backpack do not appear;
- Travi $ gesture fire remains on or near the player;
- Gesture music plays louder than main stage music at the Festa Royale;
- Hairstorm Sandstorm Costume.
- Falling damage when landing in shallow water;
- Epic and Legendary SMGs cannot always be exchanged;
- Damage to Looters can contribute to the Storm Outbreak;
- Healing Heals does not recover life if thrown into a bush;
- Supply delivery can push items down the map.
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- Storm King area attacks cover the map with a pink texture;
- Softlock/Loss of UI functionality when opening a Llama in the Llama Store;
- Mortar projectiles can damage players or targets near a wall.
- Switch between construction and combat modes while holding the shoot button.
Summer Splash Event
Throughout the extension of “Summer Splash“, players will be able to enjoy the rotation of classic MTLs. Like Fog of War, Immediate Encounters, Straight from the Vault, Pega, among others. In addition, in addition to these modes having special features in the future, there will also be new ones in a future update, including a new approach to “Operation: Knockout!”, Which will involve improvement with each elimination of opponents.
Likewise, the event will include new costumes, such as Peer Patrol, Soft Bite, Gentle Bite, Starlight and more. In return, it will promote the return of skins already known to the community. The Timeless Summer and the Beach Bombardier.
As part of “Summer Splash”, Fortnite has received some items so far. MTL Tiro Certeiro and the arrival, at the item store, of the Demonic Beach and Space Fire cosmetic sets. In this case, the news tend to be disseminated daily or weekly. As well as the thematic missions of the event, which are expected to arrive in the game soon.
Dota 2: Patch 7.27 available on the Dota 2 Update
After the well-known IceFrog promised a new update, that day has finally arrived. The first part of the Dota 2 Update for Patch 7.27 is available, covering a general. Valve decided to split the updates into two parts. This first part focuses mainly on the items. The second part of the Dota 2 Update is about heroes.
This may seem a little strange, but the idea is that players can easily adjust to new changes. That said, here are some of the highlights of this Dota 2 update.
The first changes are related to gold and XP. It was a change that had been expected for a long time, Valve pleased the fans, without a doubt. Now, the base experience for killing a hero has been increased to 100 (it was previously 40). The last gold reward achieved by each hero has also been increased (120 + 8 *, instead of 99 + 7.2 *).
In addition, Bounty Runes now provide reliable gold, which is impressive news for everyone. Even if it doesn’t look like much, it will make a lot of difference when it comes to your repurchase. Another change in the game’s gold is the tower reward. Instead of 180 gold, the towers now give 120/140/160/180, which is worth mentioning.
The outposts are also changing, and very interesting. If you remember, when this feature was added to the game for the first time, the two teams tried to steal it before the 10-minute mark, for a bonus experience. You will not need to do this, from now on you will not be able to steal this objective until you destroy one of the T2 towers. Also, whenever you capture, it will be revealed to enemies, which did not exist before.
Obviously, there are many more changes to this patch, so check everything out. There are some changes related to some game modes (All Pick & Captain’s Mode).
In addition to the general news, the Dota 2 Update brought several changes to in-game items. We will place here the most notable. As expected, IceFrog decided to create some of the really popular items in patch 7.26. Items like Necronomicon and Helm of the Dominator and Vladimir’s offer were really popular. These, like many others, are now slightly nerfed
Speaking of Items, a notable change is surrounded by the top three starting items. Null talisman, Wraith Band and Bracer. When it comes to statistics, they were nerfed. However, what is really affected by these changes is Bracer. With less statistics, it offers less magical resistance. The idea of this change is to prevent heroes from stacking this item all the time.
Needless to say, the nerf of this item means that the “middle range nukers” may be back. We won’t be surprised to see heroes like Skywrath Mage and Tinker back on target.
Changes to Late-Game Items
In addition to what we talked about earlier, there are changes to items purchased for the end of the game. The first example is Tarrasque. It will no longer provide 10 Life Regeneration, nor the Regeneration amplification. Instead, it provides a passive 1% HP regeneration. If in case you are out of combat, this item will reward you with a 50% health regeneration. However, the item provides +40 str (it was +45), and the recipe now costs 650. Previously, this item had only 400 gold.
A change that was quite unexpected was related to the Monkey King Bar. If you remember a few patches ago, the mechanics of True Strike were slightly changed. Now it seems that Valve has decided to change, instead of requiring a Quarterstaff, you can buy a “Blitz Knuckles”. This is the newest item in Dota 2, which we will see shortly.
In addition, Monkey King Bar now provides 10 less damage (42, instead of 52). However, it provides +35 attack speed, while previously only 10. In addition to these two items, there are also many other small changes to some of the big items. Make sure you check them out carefully so you know what to expect.
The New Item
Even though there are a lot of changes in this Patch, what fans really wanted to see is the newest item. It is called Blitz Knuckles and basically provides +35 attack speed. It only costs 1000 gold, which makes it an efficient choice from the start.
In addition to a good stats bonus, this item is also part of the Monkey King Bar, as well as the Shadow Blade. Perhaps that item will soon cost more than it costs now. But we’re not sure, this is likely to happen during some minor update.
These are just a few of the highlights, the full patch notes for this update are well worth reading. It seems that 7.27 brought some more changes that will have a real impact on the goal.