When Riot released Valorant in 2020, they solidified their place as not just a leader in the competitive MOBA scene, but in FPS games as well. Since then, Valorant has drawn players from CS: GO and Overwatch—two games which, as we all know, share a lot of Valorant’s DNA.
But while Riot may not be having any trouble with Valorant, that doesn’t mean its players aren’t—because, judging by all the losses we’ve accumulated in the past months, Valorant is a very hard game. Especially for newcomers to the competitive FPS scene.
Fortunately, there are a wealth of ways you can get an edge over other players—so let’s dive into the ways to improve your play and rise up the ranks.
1. Learn the Kit of Every Agent
While most of us home in on perfecting our skills with a handful, or even just one, agent it’s paramount that you know what each and every Agent in the game does.
Much like Overwatch and League of Legends, each hero has unique abilities resulting in a range of strengths and weaknesses in any given scenario. Knowing these will let you know when and where you should take on each agent, and when you may be better off ducking for cover.
Knowing something as simple as this gives you an immediate edge and ups your capacity to make tactical plays where you can circumvent the strengths of other characters and go for their weaknesses.
2. Learn the Weapons
Just like you should learn an agent’s abilities, you should familiarise yourself with all the weapons in the game and how they function.
Firstly, you’ll want to familiarise yourself with how each weapon shoots. This is generally known as learning their “spray patterns” and “damage falloffs”—where the bullets fly and how their damage changes depending over different distances. For example, a weapon like the Stinger (SMG) has a wide spray pattern with high damage falloff—meaning it’s best suited for frantic close combat. While a weapon like the infamous Operator (Sniper) has virtually no spray and no damage falloff—essentially if they’re in your crosshairs, they’ll be dead within one shot.
Then you’ll want to think about the more peripheral elements of operating each gun, such as the reload time. The aforementioned Operator may be a beast if you hit, but if you miss you are stuck in a timely reload animation with no …