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 "likely be out some time next week".
Here's his tweet.
Hey everyone, It's been hectic, so I haven't had a lot of time to post. To answer the biggest question: rated (competitive mode) will likely be out some time next week. We're spending this week putting together that release and making sure it is good. =)— Ziegler (@RiotZiegler) June 15, 2020
Thus ends the news.
Valorant's beta did include a ranked mode, but I hardly played it. That's partly because I've drifted away from caring about climbing ladders, but mainly because I lost interest in playing Valorant by myself. I go to (and through) great pains to describe why in my Valorant review, but the TLDR is that people on the internet are horrible. I faced enough harassment without going into a mode where people are even more likely to be abusive because they can blame you for their number going down.
I do get why it matters to people. It may have been a while since I properly cared about my MMR, but it was a pretty big deal in my Dota days. Just not necessarily a healthy deal.
I'm not anti-number. Part of the reason I like competitive games is that I enjoy getting better at them, and it's neat to have a way of measuring that. I'm looking forward to ranked palorant, and treating this as a nice background thing rather than something to fixate on.
That's my intention, anyway. In the meantime I'll be in this corner, going over Ollie's Valorant characters guide again.
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