Overview: (Radiant Rank)
Above is my Episode 1 Act 3 rank, with almost my full triangle filled with Immortal 3 games. As you can see, I played a total of 123 games this act, which is a decent number of games. Since I have achieved Immortal 3, and plan to hit Radiant rank the first act of Episode 2, I can give some decent tips regarding how to play Valorant’s ranked mode and consistently improve.
This guide will be split into different sections, some of which may help you more than others depending on your rank and where you currently are in your ranked journey. Please also note that all of the sections written below are all equally important for improving and eventually getting Radiant rank.
Sensitivity/Warming Up Before Ranked: (Radiant Rank)
Many people in higher ranks, such as Immortal or Radiant rank, will often warmup in some kind of aim practice software like Aimlab or KokaaK to ensure their aim is warmed up. Lower ranked players won’t do this as much, and as a result might play significantly worse.
For me personally, I have used Aimlab as well as Valorant’s practice range on hard difficulty. I almost always shoot bots in the practice range before playing, and sometimes still use Aimlab. At the end of the day, warming up really comes down to preference.
Below is a video of me doing my normal warmup routine in Valorant before jumping into a competitive game. Feel free to copy my warmup, or create a completely new variation based on your preference. Also remember to use the weapons you use most out of the Phantom and Vandal.
The main thing I focus on when warming up is getting a score of 20 on hard difficulty. Like I said, your number might be a little different than mine and might also be on a different difficulty. It’s also important to think about your sensitivity, as tweaking it might make your aim much more consistent. However, if you’re happy with your sensitivity, focus more of consistent practice with that sensitivity.
I found my ideal sensitivity this act at 0.35 in-game, and at 800 DPI. This is a pretty common speed for Radiant rank and pro players to use, as it is quite controllable and consistent for aiming.
In the video above, you will also notice that I shot the drones in the outside area a few times. I do this to help with my spray when using the Phantom, as the bots in the range are mainly good for learning to tap.
Play Only Two or Three Agents: (Radiant Rank)
For most, playing two to three agents in ranked is probably pretty common. I personally play Jett, Sova, and Breach in order from most played to least played. Playing only a few agents doesn’t mean you can’t learn to agents to climb to Radiant rank with, it just means that you shouldn’t randomly select a new agent every competitive game.
Once you’re happy with your agent pool, you should look up guides and watch pro players play your agents of choice. This will open your eyes to mistakes that you might be making, as well as things that you could be doing better. If you never see the full potential of your agent, it will take you much longer to improve and rank up to Radiant rank.
One-tricking is also not a bad strategy, but you have to keep in mind there aren’t currently that many agents in Valorant. It’s best to have at least one back-up agent if someone ends up picking the agent you want to one-trick.
The Correct Competitive Mentality and Not Tilting: (Radiant Rank)
Tilting in competitive/ranked gamemodes is not anything new. Many players have the skill necessary to reach a much higher rank, but are held back because of poor teamwork and poor/weak mentality. In the past, I was much more toxic, and that likely contributed to me being stuck in the rank that I was for a longer period of time than if I wasn’t toxic.
So, if you are toxic.. how do you gain a positive outlook and mentality on all of your games?
Well, it definitely takes time to master this skill, especially if people on your team are flaming you consistently. The first thing you can do is simply mute all chat if that is a problem for you, and also mute teammates that seem to be toxic early in the game.
If you’re the type of person to get tilted after a bad game or two, try to stop queuing and take a break when that happens. This happens to most players to some extent, and can make a big difference in your performance if you can catch it before it happens.
Ultimately, try to focus only on your own gameplay, and when you notice yourself focusing on your teammates instead, try to bring the focus back to you.
Economy and Buying Weapons Correctly: (Radiant Rank)
Correctly buying weapons on every round with your team is very important, and can sometimes be the difference between winning or losing an entire game. Full-buying on buy rounds usually consists of buying full armor and a Phantom or Vandal. You can also buy full armor and an Operator, but that will take significantly more credits.
Rounds that aren’t full-buy rounds is what you will likely want to focus on, as many people don’t properly utilize their credits. Radiant rank players will almost always buy down to 1500-1700 credits on save rounds, giving them the highest chance at winning the save round. The reason Radiant rank players buy down to 1500 credits is because it’s the minimum amount of credits you can have to be at 3900 credits on the buy round. 3900 credits is just enough to buy full armor and a Phantom or Vandal.
It’s also important to keep in mind abilities that you want to buy, as those are also a few hundred credits.
Which Weapons Should You Buy on a Save-Round?: (Radiant Rank)
Generally, the most important thing you can buy on a save round is light armor and a sidearm that isn’t the classic. If you have enough to buy, but your team wants to save, you can also buy heavy armor and another kind of cheap weapon.
The weapon you choose to buy on a save round also comes down to the agent and map you’re playing on, as some weapons work better than others. Just remember that the most important rule is to not go below 1500 credits on a save round, otherwise you won’t be able to properly buy on the next round.
Consistency and Not Giving Up: (Radiant Rank)
This rule applies to anything that you want to get good at or master in life. However, remaining consistent and not giving up can also be very hard at times, especially when you get completely obliterated in a competitive game.
One of the most important things you can tell yourself is that, even if you lose many games in a row, that there is a lesson in each of them for you to learn from. Although this advice can feel sort of cliche, there is definitely some truth to it.
The consistency aspect means that you need to play quite frequently, as Valorant is a game where your mechanics can quickly deteriorate if you don’t play enough. For me, I play at least a game of Valorant each day, but often much more than that. I understand that not everyone has time to play as much as I do, but just understand that consistency and frequency is important to some degree.
Queuing for Competitive in a Duo or Trio: (Radiant Rank)
Getting to Radiant rank in solo queue is definitely possible, as I almost always solo queue and have made it pretty close to ranking up to Radiant. However, having one or two teammates that you know you can rely on every game can increase your chances of winning by a lot.
Duoing or trioing does not mean that you will automatically win every ranked game, and get to Radiant rank. It can make it less likely for you to tilt, as long as you and your stack have the same goals and mentalities.
Climbing to Radiant rank in Valorant is not an easy feat, as there are many aspects that determine whether or not you will make it. Your sensitivity/warmup, agent pool, mentality/not tilting, economy, and many more things are all a factor of you winning or losing in competitive. Learning to master these things is not easy, and definitely takes time. This means you should give yourself the necessary time and space to improve.
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