Valorant is the newest addition to the Riot Games competitive system. The game is a blend between the FPS and Battle Arena genres, drawing similarities with both CS:GO and Overwatch.
The game was officially released on June 2nd 2020 after a short Open Beta period. The Open Beta event attracted 1.7 million concurrent viewers and broke the Twitch viewing record. The post launch player numbers are exceeding several million a day.
While Valorant esports is still a few months away, we’re already getting hints of Riot meeting up with esports organizations negotiating the future, as well as their own statements about how competitive Valorant should look like.
We can expect the first regulated esports tournaments to arrive very soon.
Valorant betting sites
We’ll be updating our listing of bookmakers where you’ll be able to bet on Valorant matches as more bookmakers hop onto the bandwagon.
How is Valorant played
Before you consider betting on Valorant, It’s good to know the essential game mechanics and play modes. We are about to speculate how we speculate competitive Valorant will look like as well as what game and character mechanics are available in-game.
- Each match has 25 rounds played on a single map, with the first to win 13 rounds taking the match.
- Players switch teams at the 12 round mark.
- The Attacker team is tasked with placing and detonating a spike at one of multiple spike planting locations (max 3). The Defender team is tasked with preventing the former at their goal.
- Either team can also win if they are the first to kill all the members of the opposing team, and this is a much more common way for teams to win in around.
- Competition will likely follow a single elimination and best-of series during their bracket stages.
Players can choose from one of four classes of selectable Agents to play: Sentinel, Infiltrator, Controller and Duelist.
Each Class and Agent have specific abilities offering them offensive or defensive capabilities or simply the ability to exert control on an area of the map.
This would naturally mean that there is an evolving meta that will keep changing as certain Agents and abilities are deemed too weak or too strong, or simply whenever a new champion or map is released.
How it’s Different from Other FPS
There are many ways Valorant is different than both titles it is usually compared with(Overwatch and CS:GO).
Below are some key similarities and differences with both of these titles:
- Players do not respawn within a round, but only at the start of a new one.
- There are three predesigned classes to choose from.
- Rounds in each match are short, usually two minutes or less.
- Health can be regenerated with abilities.
- There is a special in-game rewards for certain actions within a match.
- Players can aim down the sights of scoped weapons, or only use screen center crosshair depending on the weapon type.
- Players buy new weapons at the start of a new round with money they’ve accrued from prior rounds. Money is rewarded for kills and based on won/lost rounds.
- Players can be killed with a single shot similar to CS:GO.
The main sentiment by most former and current esports athletes competing in CS:GO or Overwatch, is that Valorant feels much like CS 1.6 with the added flavor of Overwatch added on top. Superior aim and wall-bangs reign supreme in this game.
Tournaments and Prize Pools
Although the competitive scene is not even existent at this point. Riot Games has already outlined the guidelines for competitive Valorant play. The competitive system is divided into three tiers aimed at Small, Medium and Major level events. Small Local tournaments will feature prize pools up to $10,000, medium events up to $50,000 and large scale events will go up from $100,000 and beyond.
Big names like ESL, OGN, and Dreamhack are mentioned as Majors organizers form the get-go. This would mean instant access for Valorant betting sites that are featuring events organized by these parties in other games. Additionally, such big names are destined to attract a healthy competitive scene from top to bottom providing ample wagering opportunities.
Gaining an Edge with Valorant wagering
We do keep repeating the same advice in our guides as it always holds true. Gain an edge by acquiring as much knowledge about the game as possible. If you are new to the game, these steps would give you a serious edge over the competition.
- Watch or Play Valorant for some hours to learn how the game goes, feels and what are the basic concepts.
- Professional gamer Valorant streams on Twitch are a great way of learning insights and getting personal opinions from the athletes themselves.
- Watching tournaments and listening to casters and play-by-play breakdowns is a great way to understand how and why some players or teams perform better than others.
Valorant does not have an esports analytics provider, so the biggest opportunity for Valorant betting is in the fact you can know more than the providers themselves if you are at the top of your game.