21st April 2021 – 4:31pm
On 15th April, the esports team of VALORANT published an article answering the most frequently asked questions from the community about the competitive circuit, from the allocation of seats for the Reykjavik Masters to the places reserved for coaches. Here's the low-down.
Riot continues its commitment to international events. Taking advantage of a mid-season tournament on League of Legends, the opportunity to run an international LAN tournament presented itself, and Riot took it. While the first 7 of the 10 spots were logically split evenly between the 7 Valorant regions, the last 3 spots are a different matter. In the article, we learn that the team took into account several criteria to decide on the number of places for each region. For example, the player community, the number of viewers during the tournaments, the organisations and the involvement of the teams in their regional VCT tournaments were all taken into account. As a result, EMEA, North America and Brazil were able to secure a second slot at the Masters in Iceland.
This allocation of slots is therefore logical. However, one wonders if the criteria were the same when allocating EMEA slots, since 4 of them are for Europe as a whole, 3 for Turkish teams, and 1 for the countries of the former Soviet Union. In any case, as Alex Francois says, the next Masters will be the occasion to review the way of proceeding according to the feedback at the end of the tournament.
Initially, Riot allowed casters to comment on matches away from the participants and production. Due to the technical issues involved, Riot decided to restrict the ability to cast to people in the same geographical area, as it's already done with League of Legends. This is why there are now Twitch channels dedicated to the different regions, like for the European scene for example.
The distribution of points in the Masters requires the consideration of several factors. For example, the timing and nature of each tournament affects the number of points it earns. This is why international tournament and/or those close to the Valorant Champions will be more generous in points than others. All teams, even those who have already performed well, will have to work hard to continue to collect points without being caught up by the others.
Riot has stated once again that they want to allow all new regions that start on Valorant to be able to join the competitive circuit in some way. This is seen with Strike Arabia, which offers a chance for players from the Middle East and North Africa to participate in the last chance qualifiers for the EMEA. This is good news as it opens up the competition to more people, which can only be good for a game like Valorant, rapidly developing.
Finally, the last issue addressed in the article is the place of the coaches within Valorant, people who are as important as the players themselves. We learn that the Patch 2.08 will allow the coaches to better assist their team and to watch their actions more precisely. These are only the foundations of this option that will be released with the next patch. Riot is planning to discuss with players and coaches in order to improve its tool. The Valorant team is once again calling on the organisations to develop its game, as it happened with the Ignition Series.
Although there are still some grey areas, these 5 answers allow the community a better understanding about how the Valorant competitive circuit was designed. In any case, the upcoming international Masters in Iceland will surely lead to changes to develop Riot's FPS professional scene.