Valorant: How to Rank Up (The Quick Way)
Grinding the ranks of Competitive Valorant is one of the most intense aspects of the popular title. Here’s how to rank up fast!
Emerging as a seemingly overnight success, Riot’s Valorant, has taken over the competitive First-Person Shooter market. The game combines two of the most popular titles to ever grace the genre, the first being the Counter-Strike series and the second being Blizzard’s Overwatch. What makes Valorant such a unique experience is its masterful combination of both the realistic and brutally difficult qualities of Counter-Strike with a cast of loveable and unique characters. Both of its inspirations have been huge successes in the genre, so the combination of the two would have to yield some success. Combined its incredible gameplay with arguably the most intelligent marketing campaign for a major competitive online game, and you have the recipe for astronomical success. The only way for players to gain access to the title is to watch popular Twitch Streamers play the game in hopes of gaining access to a “dropped” key. This in turn with its incredible gameplay has made the game an incredible success on the platform, clocking in numbers over 100k at its peak.
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With the recent inclusion of a Competitive game mode hardcore fans and those looking for a challenge have the perfect place to strut their stuff in Valorant. The already hyper-intense gameplay of the overnight success places it as the perfect game for E-Sports quality competitive play. With a player base of veteran Counter-Strike or Overwatch players, the talent pool is immense and filled to the brim. Given how popular the game is, to be able to rank up into the upper-echelon of players is plenty of room to brag about your skill. However, the grind to improve in Competitive is a difficult and grueling process. This guide will provide players with some essential tips and tricks to rank up in Valorant fast and effectively.
Communicate With Your Squad in Valorant
A key aspect of finding success within Valorant’s competitive game mode is to learn how to communicate effectively and often with your teammates.
Like many competitive games, communication is essential for success. Being able to provide good and consistent call outs to your teammates can ease the burden of competitive Valorant significantly. This means being able to let your team know that there is an enemy rushing B or on top of where you planted the Spike. However, there is a major difference between good and bad call outs. Saying “He’s coming right side!” or “he’s low!” or a plethora of different, vague call outs is nothing but a detriment to your teammates. Learn the map and its major chokepoints, recognize what character you’re trying to defeat, and any other in-game terminology that can assist your ability to clearly and effectively call out to your teammates.
Practice Your Aim in Valorant
Simply put, your aim is the only way you are going to rank up in Valorant. Even if you are a lower level player, practicing and mastering your aim is the most important way to improve in Competitive play.
Make use of Valorant’s incredibly training area, to really get a feel for how Valorant as a First-Person-Shooter operates. Even if that means losing a ton of casual matches, it is necessary to improve as a player. Take any match and practice your aim that way you can truly be a threat in competitive play rather than a liability.
Memorize the Map in Valorant
As you approach Competitive Valorant having a firm understanding of the playable map is essential. It assists your ability to follow up friendly call outs, improves game awareness, and makes success within Competitive matches much more consistent.
Having the awareness to know that covering a particular chokepoint can completely stunt your enemy’s momentum is a game-winning play. This is but one example of how learning the map layout can assist your success within matches. Learning to cover your blind-side, understanding where players will plant the spike, what chokepoint is commonly used, which area is typically guarded more than others, these are all ways that map knowledge can assist a player in competitive.
This level of memorization only comes with playing online matches. Imagine this kind of memorization and understanding as an experience bar, and the more you play and lose or win the higher this bar increases. Before long, you have established a firm understanding of the game and how online matches typically go. The more real experiences you engage in and learn from the less likely that same scenario will happen twice. So take the time and learn from your online matches. That way you can establish a vast pool of real in-game knowledge and understanding.
Master Several Agents in Valorant
Being able to quickly shift to a new agent and playstyle is crucial for Competitive play. The tide turns frequently within Valorant, and the worst players are stagnant ones.
Having a variety of agents under your belt is the best way to be able to adjust to a given team’s playstyle or selection of agents. If your Breach is constantly being shut down by the enemy team than switching to Omen may be your best way to shake their defense. Learning a variety of agents is the best way to establish yourself as a dynamic and versatile player. The common “one-trick-pony” player is one that is a jeopardy fo their team. In that, if their character is faltering under the pressure of the enemy team they are useless.
Being able to play multiple agents will free a player from the common occurrence of being locked out of their “main.” It also allows players to understand a variety of playstyles, in that they can view a match from the perspective of a Viper player, or an Omen player. Thus adding onto the aforementioned in-game experience. This knowledge can allow for the occasional play that shifts the balance of a match by shutting down a particular character’s attempt to take out your squad.
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Valorant is available now on PC.
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