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Valorant Ascent map callouts and tips

Learn the callouts that everyone should know on Valorant's latest map

Valorant Reyna guide - 20 tips on how to pop off as Reyna

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Valorant’s anti-cheat has a hidden message to recruit hackers

If you're looking to build a team to stop people hacking your game, why not reach out to the people who are trying to hack your game? That's an idea Riot Games had with Valorant and League Of Legends, hiding a little recruitment message inside part of their anti-cheat system. If you're poking around in their gameguts, they might be interested in your skills.

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4 days ago

Valorant’s new $100 skins will turn your guns into dragons

What is a free-to-play game, truly, without super cool overpriced skins? Valorant, Riot's CS-like tactical shooter, has just revealed its new line of Elderflame gun skins, which turn your weapons into fiery, roaring, wiggly dragons. They're fully animated, swinging around to look at you after you get a kill, and you even reload them by politely handing over ammunition for them to consume. You'll be…

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1 week ago

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People’s private names for Valorant map spots are delightful

Valorant is great, when it isn't making me sad. So goes my Valorant review. Friends are a key component of Riot's snazzy new wizard FPS, primarily because they won't (usually) swear at you when you do something stupid. A nice side benefit, though, is that you wind up with your own private and superior ways of describing parts of the map. These are important, because…

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3 weeks ago

Valorant adds a surrender option, with ranked to follow when it’s working

Riot intended to add a ranked "Competetive Mode" to Valorant, but they found a last-minute bug and so they're holding it back - probably "for a day or two". That's OK. Numberwang can wait, because yesterday's patch also added a surrender option. That's a big deal, and I for one welcome it. It does mean you'll sometimes wind up with unpleasant teammates who insist on…

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4 weeks ago

Valorant’s ranked mode is “likely” to shoot out next week

Valorant is great, but it's sorely lacking a mode where you get to make a number go up. Riot's guns 'n' wizards FPS launched two weeks ago, but the developers have held off on adding a ranked mode until non-beta players had a chance to find their feet. Not for much longer, though - Valorant game director Joe Ziegler has announced that ranked mode will…

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1 month ago

Riot Games suspended an executive over his “abhorrent” Facebook post about George Floyd [update: he’s gone]

Mere days after Riot Games publicly declared a commitment to combating racism and injustice, they've needed to launch an investigation into one of their own executives for posting some real iffy garbage about the police killing of George Floyd on Facebook. It's not the best look for a company still trying to recover from revelations of a rotten workplace culture of discrimination and harrassment. The…

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Valorant update 1.01 adds new orbs but it’s still just “shootergame.exe” on the inside

After that beta that everyone couldn't get enough of and last week's launch, Riot are shipping out Valorant's first update. The patch notes are relatively brief: Sage has been taken down a couple pegs and some new ultimate ability orb types have been added. One thing that's not changing is the familiar "ShooterGame" directory from Valorant's Unreal Engine origins. Just a cheeky fact unearthed by some…

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Feature: Learn the callouts that everyone should know on Valorant's latest map

Valorant Ascent map callouts and tips

Ascent is the latest addition to Valorant's burgeoning pool of maps. Set in Venice and aiming to ease the transition for FPS players from other games with its familiar layout, there's still a lot to learn about Ascent and how to play inside its boundaries. Our Valorant Ascent guide will walk you through the map and all its callouts, along with various tips and tricks…

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Valorant Reyna guide – 20 tips on how to pop off as Reyna

Reyna is the latest and arguably greatest agent to be added to the Valorant characters roster. Hailing from Mexico, she has the highest 1v5 potential of any character we've seen so far, thanks to her aggressive playstyle and high snowballing potential. Our Valorant Reyna guide will walk you through each of her abilities in turn, with top-tier tips on how to master each one.

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Valorant error codes list: how to solve “something unusual has happened”, Error 43, and more

Valorant may be a polished gem of a shooter, but its closed beta and launch has been far from steady for some players. Error 43 codes, timeout errors, and more have been plaguing a portion of the playerbase for some time now. But our Valorant error codes guide will try to equip you with all the ammo you need to shoot down these error messages…

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Valorant Store: how to purchase Valorant Points and use the Item Store

The Valorant Store is your one-stop shop for all the flashiest weapon skins on offer. Provided you have the Valorant Points to spare, you can kit your character out in weaponry worthy of the master fragger that you are. Our Valorant Store guide will walk you through accessing the Store, and how to purchase Valorant Points for real-world currency.

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Valorant crosshair guide: how to set up your crosshair like a pro

Customising your Valorant crosshair exactly how you want it is far more important than you may think. Your crosshair setup is not simply a cosmetic choice; it can make all the difference in the fast-paced, low-time-to-kill battles of Riot's new tactical shooter. Our Valorant crosshair guide will walk you through how to set up your crosshair to compliment your needs - and we'll also show…

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How to report in Valorant – how to deal with cheaters and other unwelcome players

If you're wondering how to report a player in Valorant for their actions in a match, you've come to exactly the right place. Below we'll walk you through how to report a player whether you're in a game or out of one; and we'll also talk a bit about the kind of behaviour that might warrant sending off a report to Riot Games.

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Valorant characters guide: all agents and abilities explained

Valorant's cast of characters is the game's most pivotal departure from the venerable Counter-Strike formula. Each of the 11 Valorant agents differs from the rest in their four unique abilities, which must be used tactfully and precisely if you want to turn the tide of battle. Our Valorant characters guide will walk you through all 11 agents and all 44 abilities on offer, with practical…

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Valorant has a great bug where you fuse into other players

Oh, Valorant. If you read my Valorant review, you'll know that the main emotion I associate with it is anguish. Playing in a group is grand, but playing by yourself is miserable, because of the internet. I think that feeling is crystallised in this video, where a bug fuses two players together and they get cross rather than becoming debilitated by laughter.

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Valorant PC requirements and how to get the best performance

After months in closed beta, Valorant has finally arrived on PC, and to help you get the best performance from Riot's new 5v5 tactical shooter, I've been testing the game to see how it runs. The good news is that you don't need a super high-powered PC to get smooth frame rates in Valorant, but just in case your PC is getting on a bit,…

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Valorant review

Valorant is Riot's newfangled hybrid of CS:GO and Overwatch, where teams of five run around shooting very deadly weapons while deploying character-based abilities. It's very, very similar to CS:GO, right down to the round structure and individual weapons. If you've ever defused a bomb in Counter-Strike, there's a good chance you'll already be a crack shot here. It's basically the same, but with more mind…

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Riot’s shiny new tactical shooter Valorant has launched

After a two-month closed beta, Riot's guns n' wizards shooter Valorant is now out for everyone to play. Valorant is the League Of Legends developer's first tactical FPS, pitting teams of five players against each other to capture objectives. It's very 'CS:GO meets Overwatch', and what's more, it's free-to-play. For those of you already embedded in the game, its full release today comes with some…

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Valorant’s next Agent is vampiric heart-taker Reyna

Between the end of closed beta and next week's official launch, we're in something of a Valorant dead-zone. To make sure you haven't forgotten about their new tactical wizard shoot 'em up, Riot have filled this short break with a teaser for Valorant's eleventh superpowered soldier - a purple-clad disruption vampire who grows in power with each and every kill.

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2 months ago

Valorant launches with a new map, mode and Agent this June

If you're like me, you'll have been eyeing up Valorant with some curiosity - interested, yet never quite getting around to lurking streams for beta access. It'll come as good news, then, that Riot are about to open the floodgates to their superpowered tactical shooter, resetting accounts and shutting off servers next Thursday ahead of a full release on June 2nd.

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