Ranking in Valorant, where contraction is almost impossible in the rank system, seems easy at first glance but requires serious efforts. While the Radiant rank seems like a dream to many people, we wanted to share the tried and tested tactics to reach Gold, which is the minimum rank that will allow you to enjoy the game.
The rank system of Valorant, which will fill its first year in the coming months, can be annoying from time to time. In order to enjoy the game thoroughly, it is necessary to play with people who take the game as seriously as you and who are far from trolling, but unfortunately, this is mostly possible when it comes to Gold rank.
It is not that difficult to reach the Gold rank in Valorant, but it is not that easy. In this way, which I personally started as Silver 2, getting stuck between Gold 2 – 3 was not as easy as pulling a hair from butter, on the contrary, I had to follow and apply certain rules constantly. In this process, I wanted to share with you some tactics that will help me rank up the most, and even a player with little FPS experience will reach the Gold level over time.
Tactics to help you rank up in Valorant:
- Train on Aimlab or shooting range
- Make a sound by playing lots of Death Match
- Customize mouse sensitivity and DPI settings
- Try to use a 144 Hz or higher monitor
- Minimize graphics settings for maximum FPS
- Expand your agent pool
- Be careful about crosshairs
- Use the Lurk tactic
- Avoid the Run & Shoot technique
- Apply the Exit frag tactic
The most important thing you need to have in the FPS game is a consistent aim. The better and more stable your aim is, the more men you can shoot in the game. The game called Aim Lab, which is offered for free on Steam, allows you to train only on this issue. You can also make use of Valorant’s own polygon mode for such exercises.
Aim training may seem boring at first, but if you want to improve and rank higher in the game, you have to devote at least 15-20 minutes a day to such exercises and break your own records.
Play plenty of Deathmatches before getting competitive
The mode that determines our own rank in Valorant is the Competitive mode, but you will mostly regret it if you enter Competitive before your hand gets hot the first time you open the game. Plenty before preparing for a competitive mode Deathmatch needs to play with both theory but in practice, it is extremely easy mode this game we have to play our hand waving my arm.
As you know, there will be a lot more enemies around you in modes like Deathmatch than in the Competitive mode, so this mode is perfect for losing sound. Most of us do not wear headphones or even turn on music when we play a deathmatch, but if we want to improve ourselves in this regard, we need to play Death Match with a loud voice, without getting bored.
Customize your mouse’s sensitivity and DPI settings
The proverb is that every hero has a yogurt meal, we can say that it is quite valid in FPS games. Mouse sensitivity and DPI settings, which will affect your performance in the game the most, should be adjusted according to your own playing style.
You may have noticed that many of the successful names we see in the e-sports community have extremely low mouse sensitivity. If you have just started the game, trying to adjust the settings this way will cause you to get cold without getting used to the game, and the so-called sensitivity is reduced over time, not just like that.
Use a 144 Hz and higher monitor if you can
We have to keep this item optional due to today’s conditions. As a result, the price of monitors with a 144 Hz refresh rate has taken off. Nevertheless, if you are serious about this and want to take your gaming hobby one step further, it is a good idea to invest in this direction.
The fast monitor refresh rate always puts you one step ahead of your competitors. Let’s say your opponent’s monitor has a 60 Hz refresh rate, while your monitor supports 144 Hz. Thanks to the extra refresh rate you get, you will see your opponent before they do, and your reaction time will be earlier in parallel. You will always be more likely to kill the other party because you reacted before.
Keep your graphics settings to a minimum for maximum FPS
The higher you keep the graphics settings, the better the image quality you get from the game, but in a tough competitive mode, what matters is not how realistic the walls look, but how much FPS you can get.
Especially if you do not have a monster computer, we recommend that you reduce the graphics settings to the minimum in order to get maximum FPS. In this way, just like the example, we gave on the 144 Hz monitor, your time to see and react to your opponent will be faster than your opponent thanks to high FPS.
Expand your pool of agents even if you only play entry
This recommendation is for those who usually play Valorant alone. In every game we don’t play with the team, the thing that annoys us the most is the instant pick on the character selection screen. The agent you play with all the time and call main can be chosen by someone else, and in these cases, you need to know the other agents well in order to switch to plan B.
It is very important to master every agenda that exists in Valorant, at least to a level. For example, if your main agent is Omen, you need to learn where Sova should shoot her arrows and Sage’s most effective wall and orb locations. It is also useful to open the contracts of newly added agents such as Yoru and Astra as soon as they arrive and learn the new powers of your potential opponent.
If you think you’ve learned all the agents in Valorant and are playing well, try to master duel-heavy agents this time. Especially if you are entering the game alone, turn to duel agents with whom you can carry out solo carry, i.e. agents like Raze, Phoenix, Reyna, and Jett.
Be careful about crosshairs
Crosshairs in FPS games mean the flesh of the game. Both the style of the crosshair and the place we place on the screen are of great importance in order to be able to headshot the opponent and deliver a consistent spray.
If you try to adjust the crosshair as small as possible, you will see the opponent more comfortably and after a while, you will always start shooting in the same line thanks to the habit of eyes. While walking through the map, you should align the crosshairs to stand in the center of the screen and never walk facing the ground or upward.
Use the lurk tactic in low elo
In fact, most of us are opposed to lurking tactics while playing games, but if you are in low rank and contracting a solo carry, this tactic can be very useful both in protecting your team and winning the game.
When your other teammates enter A while you are on the attack side, you can easily take the hand if you catch them vulnerable by backing those who will exit B. Of course, it is worth noting that this tactic does not work in advanced elo, and your competitors will be at least as cunning as you.
Avoid running & shoots with Vandal and Phantom
We should have learned from CS: GO that we should not shoot while running with a relish or an M4. For those who have not played FPS before but will try their luck in Valorant, here’s a brief summary; If you try to fire by running with rifles such as Vandal or Phantom, you will shoot the rock at the mountain.
Of course, this was not the case in the early stages of Valiant. It wasn’t much of a difference in running and firing steadily in Valorant until January, but luckily the developers heard their fans’ voices and managed to strike a balance once in a while. Since this balance has been established, we have been unable to control the bounce of the bullets while running and firing. Long story short, if you want to pounce on your opponent and kill them while running, try to choose Specter-style weapons instead of Phantom or Vandal. If you have a rifle in your hand, focus on shooting by standing still or crouching with ctrl.
Try to get an exit trailer in rounds where you are in the minority
Exit frag is a tactic used to both increase the KDA ratio and negatively affect the opponent’s economy when you do not win the round. Let’s say everyone on the opposite team is alive, but only you are left from your team.
It will be very difficult to enter between 5 people and solve the Spike, so you can try to hunt players who leave the area by waiting outside the area where the opponent set up the bomb. In this way, as I mentioned before, your KDA ratio will increase and you will leave the opponent unarmed and spend money on the next turn.