Why You Should Check Everyone on the Leaderboard, According to the Developers

Discipline is a big part of what wins rounds in ranked Valorant. Left in a 2v1 situation? Don’t look too much and give the man the advantage. If you’re playing after planting, don’t be greedy and give your opponents the opening they’ve been looking for.

But if you listen to this Valorant developer, there may actually be a case for taking as many duels as possible.

Avoiding higher ranked opponents can help you live longer in the game, but it doesn’t help you climb, said senior competitive designer Jonathan “EvrMoar” Walker on Twitter.

However, if you manage to take them down, you’ll be reaping bountiful MMR gains before long.

Now you have an excuse to take a look at everyone you see in Valorant ranked

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“If you can take out a higher ranked player, you’ll earn more MMR than if you were to take down the lowest-skilled player on the enemy team,” he explained.

“Beating a silver player only shows that you are silver. But defeating a Diamond helps show that you are a Diamond,” he added. “AKA go ego peek these top brass. It will also increase your performance bonus – you’ll get it more often and get a bigger RR bonus.

Valorant uses a mix of encounter and win/loss MMR. In a nutshell, Encounter MMR is affected by how well you do against players on the enemy team, taking into account their rank relative to yours, while Win/Loss simply looks at whether or not you win games.

At lower ranks, Encounter MMR plays a bigger role in determining your overall MMR and rank. But at Immortal and above, MMR Win/Loss takes precedence, and players also don’t receive performance bonuses in terms of RR.

While some players like former NRG player Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor worried that this meant the system favored duelists, who would have more opportunities for kills, EvrMoar said support players are not left out because the use of abilities and aids are taken into account. as well.

“Abilities and assists also count, you get a percentage of the MMR from any interaction you’ve been on,” he said. “The game support is super viable.”

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be afraid to challenge any of your opponents, EvrMoar said. Confidence is key to winning matches, and if you manage to defeat someone higher up the ladder (and win the match), there’s a lot of MMR to take.

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