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Valorant: Complete Beginner’s Guide

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Valorant is a first-person hero shooter game developed by Riot Games. This game is the ultimate beast in the newest tactical FPS games that came out in 2020. Ever since its release, players worldwide have compared it to CS: GO and Overwatch.

However, Valorant features strong story-driven characters with different sets of abilities to utilize on other maps. With various gameplays being available on YouTube, many gamers have now switched to Valorant.

So if you also wish to master this game, here is a complete beginner’s guide to help you become familiar with the tactical twitchy-aim gameplay!

Valorant: Beginner’s Guide

Before entering the first round in Valorant, you must select an agent on your character selection screen. Each of the agents has its role varying from an attacker, sentinel to the controller.

Every character is developed with unique skills that you have to utilize to work alongside other agents for a win. Read below to learn more about the agents.

The Agents

The agents in Valorant have a mix of abilities and various strategies that you can pull for a successful win. In addition, each agent has a unique ability. Firstly, the agents have different categories: controller, sentinel, duelist, and initiator.

These roles help you take control of a map. Therefore, it’s vital to pick a team with different positions to hold the defender’s side and manage attacking when it’s your turn to plant the spike.

Here is a complete list of the playable Agents in Valorant:

  1. Sova
  2. Sage
  3. Jett
  4. Phoenix
  5. Brimstone
  6. Breach
  7. Reyna
  8. Killjoy
  9. Omen
  10. Viper
  11. Cypher
  12. Raze
  13. Skye
  14. Yoru
  15. Astra
  16. Kay/O

Maps

After you select an agent, you’ll jump into a random map that the game chooses. About six maps put Valorant behind other FPS games, but there will be new maps soon since it came out just a year ago.

All six maps in competitive rotation are:

  • Ascent
  • Bind
  • Breeze
  • Haven
  • Split
  • Icebox

Your team starts as an attacker or defender, switching sides in between. Before changing the sides, you will have to navigate the buy phase to buy weapons and abilities.

The Weapons

There is a range of weapons available for you to buy in Valorant. However, all these weapons are not equal as they are split up into different categories. These categories include sidearms, SMGS, Shotguns, Machine Guns, Rifles, and Sniper Rifles.

Understanding each weapon to practice your aim would give you a significant advantage in this game. Also, when the round starts, each agent receives a classic sidearm for free, along with a knife. Classic pistol and a knife stay with you in every round.

The Gameplay

Now that we have discussed the agents, the maps, and the weapons, let us talk about the gameplay. The gameplay is one of the reasons behind Valorant’s massive fan following. It is a typical competitive setup in two teams of five. One team is the defender while the other attacks. The attacker’s task is to plant the spike, a bomb that the defenders cover and defend.

This formula is also the same as the one used in Call of Duty or the classic Counter-Strike. Therefore, we call it the Plant/Defuse formula.

In Valorant, there are 12 rounds of attack or defense. After that, the team swaps to the other side. The first team to win thirteen matches wins the game.

However, if the game ends at a 12-12 stalemate, an extra tense round called ‘Sudden Death’ follows.

You can play in a competitive queue where you will earn ranks points or play the unrated version of the model.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you play Valorant.

  • You earn points during the round that you can use to purchase abilities and weapons.
  • Points are retained between the rounds so that you can add them up for a better economy.
  • The spike has a timer during which the defenders have to defuse it. Otherwise, they lose the round even if all the attackers are dead.

Best Agents For Beginners

At the start of the game, there are five available agents. For a beginner, we would suggest that you play Sage or Sova.

Sage’s ability is resurrection. It is one of the superior abilities in FPS games as you can revive your dead teammate. Sage’s ultimate ability makes her a healer.

So for a beginner, it’s easier to play a sentinel by staying behind and healing the duelists who do the job of wiping out the enemy team.

Secondly, you could also start with Sova, as he comes with recon abilities that help you detect enemies hiding on the defender’s side. Finally, you would have to learn certain angles and positions to shoot the arrow.

Besides this, Sova has some impressive shock bolts that can cause damage to the enemy.

Some tips for picking an Agent:

  • Try to play all of the agents to know what works best for you.
  • Utilize the abilities along with the gunplay for successful wins.
  • You may not always have the credit to purchase weapons; therefore, try to buy weaponry when the whole team buys.

How To Get Better At Valorant

Getting better at valorant isn’t an easy task as it requires skills and tactics. Valorant has been out for a year, which means that many players have perfected their aim and abilities. However, this puts you up against some competition in competitive modes.

There are a few things to keep in mind that could help you improve your gameplay.

1.   Team Play

Remember to always communicate with your team when you play. It is essential because callouts are something you have to focus on when you want to win in competitive games.

2.   Play Slow

It’s tempting to push forward and empty your ammunition, but remember to always play with your team. Stay behind to utilize your abilities to help your team win.

3.   Aim

The aim is what gets you the top frag in Valorant. You mustn’t miss your shots.

Decent players usually warm up in a deathmatch before entering a competitive match. You could also use the range to improve your aim.

Conclusion

We hope that this beginner’s guide helps you become familiar with the game before entering the competitive mode to get the most frags!

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