In Valorant there are currently a total of four gamemodes, each of which is somewhat unique in its own way. Competitive is one of the four gamemodes, and is the only one that will assign each player a rank after five total games played. These ranks begin at the iron level and go all the way up to the radiant rank. Similarly to the unrated gamemode, there are a total of 24 rounds per half in competitive, with additional rounds possible in overtime. The correct mindset and attitude is very important when going Into competitive games, and is often the difference between performing well or poorly.
The Competitive Format:
The way competitive games are formatted is similar to that of unrated games but has a few minor but very important differences. The first difference is that the players you play with and against are very likely to be around your skill level upon completing placements. This is an important distinction between the unrated gamemode and the competitive gamemode because you are much more likely to have stressful and challenging games. When playing competitive, make sure you go into with an open mind and willing to learn from your mistakes as well as your teams’.
The next distinction between these two gamemodes is the number of people you choose to queue with before starting a game. In unrated, you’re more than likely going to get mostly solo queued players if you are playing alone. However, when playing alone in competitive, you still have a pretty good chance to play against people that are in groups of two, three, four, and sometimes even five. This means that you will often be putting yourself at a disadvantage when queuing alone. However, with all of that being said, playing alone is still a perfectly fine way to play Valorant. In fact, I almost always solo queue and have managed to make it to immortal three!
The Competitive Mindset:
In a competitive game like Valorant, you will have incredible games, and you will have horrible games. This also goes for your team as well as the enemy team. Tilting and giving up isn’t super uncommon, since many player’s mindset aren’t in the correct place before starting a game. The most important thing to realize before queuing into a ranked game is that you really have very little control over how your team or the enemy team performs.
Ultimately, you only have unlimited control of what you can learn and understand from a single game. If you’re focused on how poorly your teammates are playing instead of looking for the many flaws in your own gameplay, you’re only hurting yourself. Use this exact mindset to maximize the amount of information you can learn from each game and you will notice yourself improving quite quickly!
Learning When to Dodge Games:
Dodging a game refers to the act of quitting a game while still in the lobby for many potential reasons. The most common reason to dodge a game is toxic teammates and/or the inability to get a proper team composition together. If you have teammates that are being noticeably toxic toward you or your other teammates, you should 100% dodge this game. The only penalty you receive for dodging a game is not being able to queue for 5 minutes. If you think about it, not being able to queue for five minutes is way better than being stuck in a losing game with toxic players for up to 45 minutes.
It’s also good to point out that you can dodge for your team’s inability to properly put together a decent team composition. For example, if your team consists of three duelists and a no Sage, you might consider dodging this game. The final reason I would consider dodging a game is because of the map. If you’ve played the same map four or five times in a row, it can be very annoying to be forced to play it even more times since maps are randomized upon entering a game. It’s also worth noting that dodging multiple games in a row will increase the ban penalty.
Playing With/Against Better Players:
Playing with or against players that are better than you will happen many times on your journey to hit radiant. Many people are intimidated with the idea of playing with or against betters players, often resulting in worse performance and sometimes tilting or flaming. To avoid this you must acknowledge and accept that these players are more than likely better than you. The next step is to play your best each round and learn from the mistakes you make, as this is helping shape you into a better player. It’s also okay to ask these teammates for advice if you’re playing poorly, and they will more than not be willing to offer some help.
Learn When to Stop Queuing:
If you’re passionate about hitting a specific rank, losing multiple games in a row will often be very frustrating. Another thing that losing multiple games in a row can do is mess with your ability to keep an open mind that’s ready to learn and improve. You’ll also likely use your mic to communicate less as well as be more prone to tilting. Generally it’s a good idea to stop play if you lose two or three games in a row, just to give yourself a chance to clear your mind and prepare for another game. If you aren’t someone who tilts very often, then this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about as much!
Many people will likely experience anxiety revolving around the competitive gamemode, especially those that are new to the FPS gaming genre. The first thing to realize is that it really isn’t that much different than the unrated gamemode, and requires a simple change of mindset as well as the willingness to learn new things. It’s also recommended that you play with friends when beginning to play competitive, as you will likely have a much better experience than if you were to play alone.
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