During the League of Legends 10th anniversary event, Riot Games revealed plans to expand the game’s universe through multiple titles. The publisher announced Legends of Runeterra, Wild Rift, 50 new units for Teamfight Tactics, a fighting game and an MMO. We also have a teaser for Arcane, which turns out to be one of the biggest TV series of 2021. All these announcements are in the existing Riot Games IP, but the publisher has one more announcement. caught fans off guard. Riot has announced Valorant, a first-person shooter with no connection to the League of Legends universe.
Riot has never worked on an FPS title and no one knows what to expect. It looks like a mixture of Overwatch and CS:GO, and honestly, that’s not an inaccurate way of describing the game. The game launched in 2020 amid a lot of hype and it finally got a structured e-sports circuit this year – Valorant Champions Tour. 2021 is an important year for Valorant, and the viewership of events like the Masters 2 Reykjavík and Masters Berlin are among the most watched e-sports events of all time.
But how well did Valorant do this year? And what needs to change to push esports to the next level?
What makes substances of great value in 2021
Valorant has had its ups and downs, and memorably some of the best things that have happened to the game this year.
Valuable game changer
Riot Games has announced the launch of Game Changers Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) for all major regions to create new opportunities for the underdogs in the gaming community. The tournament series has potential and it seems Riot Games wants to push VCT Game Changers even more.
The Valorant Game Changers 2022 event will take place from March to October 2022 alongside the regular VCT season. Next year’s Game Changers event will also crown a team with the title of the first Game Changers Champion. In addition to the flagship event, will continue to produce monthly VCT Game Changers Academy tournaments for female VALORANT teams globally.
Boater’s Antics at Valorant Champions Tour
Fnatic is one of the best teams in Europe but that’s not the only thing that makes people love the team. It was the “meme” team led by Jake “Boaster” Howlett that made the Valorant Champions Tour press conference so interesting. From cheeky replies during VCT press conferences to burning Envy on stage during the world championship, Boater provided the comedic relief needed in a tense and competitive environment. Fans love the young English player’s energy so much that Riot made a VCT Stories video about him. Check it out below.
Riot Games development team
Players receive consistent updates every 14-21 days, and that is the standard set by Riot Games across all of its titles. Valorant received ongoing content updates and issues were fixed within a reasonable period of time. The most impressive thing about the experience in the game is how quickly Riot solved the core issues that plagued the game.
The developers have managed to cut the AFK rate in half and have systems in place to limit toxicity. The development team is constantly updating fans on the state of the game and what to expect from future updates. Maliciousness, fairness in matchmaking, and smurfing are next on the list and we can expect the development team to do so in the coming months.
What’s not so good about substance in 2021
Valorant has had a great year but not everything about the game is sunshine and roses. Here are a few that stood out this year, and Riot Games has been working to address most of these issues by 2022.
Tour Valorant Champions format
Oceania teams have the potential to make it to the Valorant Champions via the North American Regional Last Chance Qualifier. Order and Chief Esports Club have already secured a spot in the LCQ NA but Riot Games announced that it will be a knockout and that caused a lot of controversy. Coach Oliver”Dick Stacy“Tierney of the Australian Order on Twitter said, “What do you mean buddy? I think both Australian teams are preparing to fly from the beautiful country of Kangaroo 16 hours + 21 days in quarantine to win a potential bo3 after 9 months of qualifying. ” Riot Games planned single-exclusions for many events but fortunately, player resistance prompted the publisher to reconsider.
And to make things worse, Riot Games was unable to coordinate the travel of the two Oceania teams for the NA LCQ due to COVID restrictions in the US. But that is being worked out next year with Oceania teams being moved to Asia Pacific for VCT 2022. Unlike other regions, Oceania teams will not be participating in tournaments Masters LAN International. The only World Championship entry will be through the APAC Last Chance Qualifier. The APAC LCQ has teams that qualify for the event via roundabout as well as other Riot-partnered events such as the South Asian and Oceania Cosmic Conquest Championships will be part of the The event starts in 2022.
Skills can feel a bit overwhelming in Valorant and it’s clear that some agents are far from balanced. In League of Legends, publishers like to keep pick rates as close to 50% as possible but there are some crazy exceptions in competitive Valorant with Jett maintaining an 80%+ pick rate at Champions while Brimstone and Omen have a selection rate of less than 5%. Wondering what Yoru’s pickrate is? He was not picked once at the world championship.
The addition of KAY/0 to the game is also essential, given his ability to disrupt other agents. While the agent may not be at the top of pick rates in competitive Valorant, the addition of KAY/0 is a clear sign that Riot Games wants to move away from skills. Chamber, the agent that comes into the game right after KAY/0 also follows the same philosophy. His abilities allow him to spawn powerful weapons that you need to use tactically.
Riot Games has confirmed that it wants to do so in the first half of 2022, and it will be interesting to see how the publisher addresses the large disparity in pick rates between agents.
Missing secondary scene
The lack of secondary scenes in Valorant is something that needs to change. We have an official flagship event and no major initiatives aimed at building the next generation of Valorant stars at the grassroots level. While there are tournament organizers who are hosting events in their respective regions, they often don’t have the resources or support to host large events that bring together multiple regions. The RED Bull Campus Clutch event is a great initiative, but we’d love to see Riot Games build an additional secondary scene that helps teams identify promising pro players at the grassroots level.
Despite the challenges Valorant faces in 2021, the game seems to be on track and we can’t wait to see how the game evolves into 2022 and beyond.
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