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Viper Buffs and the Aatrox Effect

Since Valorant’s release, Viper has largely been considered the least powerful agent in the entire game. On the games first full patch, she was rated as downright garbage, with the current iteration of the game having gone through a number of buffs for her, leaving her as a niche but lackluster pick.
If you’ve been following my Valorant work, then it’ll come as no surprise to you that I think Viper, in her current state, is already more powerful than she needs to be. Her long distance zone control in tandem with her spike protection makes her what I’d call the best agent in a competitive environment. That said, the community seems to be unappeased and Riot is bringing in another buff for Viper in patch 1.09. And that brings me to the Aatrox effect, which I'll describe right now as it pertains to this situation and why it matters.
 
#TheAatroxEffect

Aatrox was a champion released in Riot Games’ biggest title ‘League of Legends’ in June of 2013. The champion was a hyper carrying top laner that, while fun in lower ranks, didn’t really fit well in professional play. As a result of this, Riot decided to rework him (ironically right around the time professionals found a niche use for him).
 
After the rework, the entire League community memed on Aatrox and how bad of a champion he was. After all, when people played him, they didn’t get good results almost ever, so how could he be good? Riot buffed him repeatedly with the following patches, and this, naturally, lined up perfectly with how much time players had to practice with him. The result? A wildly overbuffed Aatrox was put into the rift with well practiced players, and Riot was forced to throw nerfs at him until he found a good balance for pro play.
 
This is what I’d coin as the Aatrox effect. Taking something that seems underpowered or underutilized and buffing it until players are forced to use it in their game compositions, thus allowing said players to get so good at this overbuffed ‘something’ that it becomes obvious the buffs weren’t needed in the first place. And this brings us to Viper.
 
#ViperAndProPlay

With Riot’s First Strike event on its way, I can understand their temptation to buff up an agent that won’t be seeing much play. After all, they want their event to have a wide array of compositions and tactics being employed for more viewership. They did the same thing this Worlds patch with League’s champion 'Irelia', so I don’t see why they wouldn’t do something for a less controversial character in a competition that has less on the line.
 
And to be honest, the buffs Viper is receiving this patch aren’t terribly game changing. They help fill out her identity as a spike protector and give her some more attacking power at the start of the round, but they aren’t TOO huge. That said, it’s important to remember that the Aatrox Effect usually shows itself over a long span of time. A bunch of little buffs over the course of 6 months equate to what is essentially one huge buff that no one could have foreseen half a year prior.
 
So obviously I think Viper is going to be too strong, and I’d wager the First Strike event might be our first glimpse into that reality, but the question to be asking is, without a banning stage during a draft, is First Strike going to be the event that becomes ruined by her taking over the meta, or will that come later?
 
Only time will tell, so keep an eye out.
 
GLHF,
-E

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News Flash: New Map for Valorant Announced

Yesterday, Riot Games surprised Valorant fans by releasing information about the newest map to come to Valorant, Icebox. Icebox's setting matches it's name, it is a cold tundra-like facility (Looks like Sova's playground). There seems to be walls of ice and large freight containers all around the map, perfect for finding cover from a gunfight. There are also areas inside, away from the cold, such as a kitchen, and vending machines, showing that this was once a populated area, leaving us wondering where all the inhabitants went. Finally, a big addition in Icebox is the ziplines. Riot Games seems to have added operational ziplines to help us move around the large map. These will probably make a sound like the ropes on split, and might make you an easy target when on them. However, it will be a very interesting addition, and I'm excited to see how viable it will be.
Here's the video if you want to see more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB4vFzY3MWc
Well that's all for now, see you on the battlefield!

News Flash: New Map for Valorant Announced
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Looking for friends to play some unrated with? Or perhaps have a duo partner to climb the ranks? Seismic is home to loads of players with different interests, and you're bound to find what you're looking for here.
 
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New Map & Agent Revealed | Confirmed

Arriving in Valorant with Act III, ICEBOX features ziplines as its unique element. What are your thoughts about the new map?

Roadmap: https://playvalorant.com/en-us/news/game-updates/what-s-new-in-valorant-act-iii/

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New Map &amp; Agent Revealed | Confirmed
New Map &amp; Agent Revealed | Confirmed
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Valorant | Fall of the Operator Meta? Massive OP Nerfs

Ever since about patch 1.03 where players were getting a good feel for the guns, the Operator has been the terror of solo-queue and competitive play alike and six patches later, they are finally getting to it. After countless cries of injustice and calls for nerfs, the Operator is seeing its first wave of changes since beta. The trend of these changes are aimed at making the gun much risker to buy than before.
 
~Price increased to 5000
The first strike of the nerf hammer made the Operator cost 500 more credits, which is a lot. This change is a lot more impactful than what meets the eye. Overtime has just become even more unfriendly towards the operator, and weapon developer teams say there is a possibility for an even greater price increase. Since the max among of credit is 9000, it is economically crippling to tank the 5000 purchase, which doesn’t even include armor and abilities.
 
 
~Drawing Time Increased Significantly
With another graceful swing of the nerf hammer, Riot Games have made reacting with an Operator effectively 40% worse than it was before. The drawing time after abilities and whatnot has been increased by .2 which is pretty long in a game like Valorant where things are decided in milliseconds.
 
 
~Jump Land Accuracy Reduced Drastically
You know that little annoying thing sniper players do in basically every FPS where they jump, crouch, and scope before firing? That fun mechanic is being nerfed, but not just for the operator, but every gun. Single bullet guns like the Operator will feel this nerf the hardest though. In particular, Jett players which I am sure many people are ecstatic to hear.
 
 
~Scoping Movement Speed Reduced
Ever notice how you walk slower when scoping on the Operator? Well, now you’ve effectively gone from a turtle to a snail. Riot has found it necessary to reduce the speed you can walk while scoping, so it will be harder to strafe when holding angles. Either you open yourself to peeker’s advantage by holding the angle, or you drag your feet while strafing.
 
 
~Faster Inaccuracy from Moving
Running and gunning is a definite no-no in Valorant and that is nothing new, but now moving with the Operator just became 50% worse. Basically, there is a bit of a buffer before you become inaccurate when moving, and that buffer has effectively been sliced in half. So the strafing snipe has been crippled a step further with this change.
 
 
~Leg Damage Reduced
The last nail in this metaphoric coffin is the leg damage reduction. It’s been reduced from 127 to 120. Most people probably think, “well that’s not that much damage, just 7 more hp.” But just remember that it only takes 1 HP to live, and 1 bullet in the head to die. Guns like Classic, Ares, Ghost, and Frenzy which would have killed you with one bullet before from +30 meters will now take two bullets instead. In Valorant, everyone is just one bullet away from death, so this is a big change despite the small numbers involved.
 
As the icing in the cake, Jett has also been nerfed this time around. While she is an integral part of the Operator meta, the part of her that made her troublesome wasn’t nerfed. Still, it is still something to smile at in the end.
 
Do you feel that these nerfs are enough to reign in the dominant Operator meta that has been plaguing Valorant for some time now? Or do you feel these Operator nerfs were too harsh and should be partially or even entirely reverted? Let me know in the comments below.

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Valorant | Fall of the Operator Meta? Massive OP Nerfs
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Being hard stuck in a rank

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Potatoflame

So whenever I use the Elderflame Vandal my aim is even worse then it should be 😂😂. Is this even possible, I mean, it has a really odd shape that gets me focused on the weapon instead lul. And here u go, the enemy jett heashotted me. So ye, tell me if u guys and girls have any similar issues with this skin.

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Valorant | Hit Registration: Why Your Headshots Aren't Killing People

Getting killed in a game of Valorant can be frustrating, especially when you are sure you had your opponent dead to rights with a headshot. Sometimes you see your bullet draw blood from their head, but you die instead. This has been happening a lot to many people, so you aren’t alone. The problem was blown up so big that Riot sought to address this elephant in the room.
 
To talk about something, we must first explain what we are talking about for the uninformed. Hit registration is the client and game servers working together to determine where your bullets landed and when. The server has complete priority over this aspect, so what you see in your client isn’t necessarily what you get.
 
Now that we’ve addressed what it is, we’ll talk about how it affects you. There is a lot of jargon and boring talk that goes into the article, but basically every frame of Valorant is simulated on their servers to determine where abilities go, how long they are there for, and where bullets went. In the simplest terms, your version of Valorant is a reflection of the actual game that is happening on their server. You can interact with this simulation (by moving, shooting, using abilities etc.,) and you will get the output of what you have done a frame later.
 
The reason I brought up the existence of this server, which you could have continued playing without ever knowing about it, is because it is the core of the problem of “bogus” hit registration. When you fire, that input is sent to the server, the server determines where the bullet went, whether that’s your enemy’s head or into oblivion, and sends the result back to you. The delay of this response is naturally whatever your ping is. So 25 ms is a quarter of a second, 50 ms is a half of a second 100 ms is a second, and so on and so forth. Your ping dictates how long it will take for you to get that result. This problem takes into account two things, hit correctness and hit clarity.
 
Hit correctness is whether or not your bullet actually went where you shot it, and hit clarity is if you see the bullet went where you think you shot it. To the happiness or maybe dismay of people who have been affected by this, the hit correctness is working properly as it was designed to be. This means any missed headshots were missed because you did not hit them, according to Valorant devs. The issue lies in hit clarity, which can be blurred by many things, but the main culprit is motion. When people walk, crouch, spin, or dance, that all leads to many variables to take into account. Remember that simulation of a server I was talking about? It has a lot to do with that, so much so that it would take a while to explain it, so here is the original post if you are interested in why the game feels so broken: https://playvalorant.com/en-us/news/dev/the-state-of-hit-registration/
Have you experienced some of this inconsistency in hitting head and body shots in Valorant or other FPS games? If you play multiple games, how different is the hitbox registration to Valorant's model? Share some of your experiences below and let your story be known.

Valorant | Hit Registration: Why Your Headshots Aren't Killing People +4
Valorant | Hit Registration: Why Your Headshots Aren't Killing People
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How To Be An Efficient Sniper In Valorant!

Sniping is truly an art. You can’t just pick up a sniper and perform perfectly. There are plenty of unwritten rules based around common sense and also quick judgement and decision making which will determine whether you’re a successful sniper in a match or not. If you find yourself consistently having issues while sniping, this is for you! Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you provide the best sniping you possibly can to your teammates!
 
1. The Re-Peek
 
 
The re-peek is one of the most debatable topics out there and we’re starting with it! One issue for many players is that they tend to peek an angle and hold it. After they take a shot at a target, they have the option to peek the angle again or to abandon it. What’s the better option? Well, it really depends on two factors. The first one is whether you hit your shot or not and what the outcome is. You could’ve hit and killed, hit and hurt, or whiffed your opponent. If you got the kill, you’re probably not going to get peeked again or there’ll be hesitation by the opponents to peek your angle. If you hurt your opponent then they’re not going to peek you again unless you’re insane and want to risk it. In these situations, a re-peek isn't necessarily a bad decision necessarily. But if you missed your shot, your next move should be to reposition and hold a new angle. A miss will give the enemy a warning shot but not everyone follows them. So just reposition and you’ll be fine.
 
The other factor you need to keep in mind is your opponents’ style of play. Not every player or team will play the same way. You can hit 3 enemies on the same angle in consecutive shots and some players will STILL peek you. With that said, hitting a shot doesn’t mean they won’t wait for a re-peek. So, if you’d like, reposition after getting a kill just in case your opponents are crazy. Can’t hurt!
 
2. Take a Guess
 
 
The number one way I prevent pushes onto sites (and also get accused of cheating) is by taking a guess at an opponent’s position when they throw a smoke or cross a doorway. The first option is my favorite in Valorant as wallbangs are very poor in the game as of now. But, with almost every agent having a smoke of some sorts, it’s always fun to try to kill someone through them. To date, I’ve gotten a kill through every single smoke-like ability there is and have triggered a LOT of players. The timing is the only thing you have to master. Just consider your own decisions when smoking an area to cross. You throw the smoke, wait a second to let it form, then cross. So when a smoke blocks your sight, just hold your trigger finger for a moment and take a random shot. Any kill will surely scare the enemy as now they’ve lost a player AND have no idea where you are. Win-Win!
 
3. Unpredictability
 
 
Huge mistake #1 made by snipers. Playing the same position consistently. If you’re in a window one round and get a kill, that player now have a temporary (or permanent in some cases) memory of that death and they’ll be sure to find a way to clear the position. So, every round should be different. This does a few good things. First off, killing an enemy from 3 different locations on site will make them have to clear every single angle, wasting their utility and making them hesitate at certain angles. Always capitalize on hesitations! But, in addition to that, the opponents are more likely to approach the site slowly which will allow you to gain information and have back up come in case of a push toward the site. It buys your team time and all you had to do was not stand in the same window for the 4th round in a row! Also, switch the site you’re playing if your team is okay with it. Keep the enemies wondering where you are and they’ll stop pushing sites super aggressively every single round (just mix it up randomly).
 
4. Second Peek if You Can
 
 
When pushing with teammates, you really shouldn’t be the one peeking first. As discussed in #1, a sniper that gets a kill on an angle is likely to get a second peek in. Some snipers are crazy and will peek after a missed shot, also. So, have your teammate cross and call out the enemy sniper’s position if you can. Whether they hit or not doesn’t matter. You can now pre-aim and take a shot at them as they re-peek. If they’re not there, give them a couple of seconds. They may be listening for information. It’s a huge positional advantage your team WILL need!
 
5. Play it like Chess
 
 
Finally, you have to realize that sniping is like a chess game where you have to plan your next move and adjust to the opponent’s moves. In every situation you should be ready to react and have your next decision made depending on the circumstances that arise. As I’m watching an angle I already know that if I get a shot off, I’m repositioning directly to a specific spot. That is unless I get pushed heavily in which case I may also throw a smoke down or something just to get some ground on the opponents as well. I also think my clutches through. In a 1v3 situation when I’m entering the site, I’ve got a visual map of all the peeks I have to make based on the most logical places vs. the most common places according to my opponents’ typical playstyles. This is actually more than just a sniping habit you should pick up and more of a general thing to do in FPS games
 
Those are just 5 of the best tips I can give you as a sniper to improve the way you’re playing. I came up with this list after playing lots of different styles in various games over the course of my entire life. There’s so many more ways to play better but these seem to be the essentials! Let me know what you think and I’m happy to give some more tips below! Good luck!

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