Ah, the Valorant ranked grind. It’s a grueling battle that has taken a lot of victims in its wake. Many a player have tried to climb up the rating ladder, but the majority of them have stagnated at their current ranks. It takes a significant amount of game knowledge and mechanical skill to get to your desired rank as fast as possible.
Luckily, there’s a few tips you can follow in order to improve in the game. These aren’t going to be in-game tips: rather, these are stuff you can do outside of Valorant games to get better and climb all the way to Immortal quickly.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
You might have heard that the best way to improve in Valorant is to play as many games as you can. That’s absolutely correct: playing more games helps you gain experience and improve your mechanical skills (although, as we’ll look at earlier, you can also improve your skills outside of Valorant). However, there are some caveats to playing a lot.
You might be playing in front of a computer, but you’ll still experience fatigue from playing constantly. Your reaction time and cognitive abilities will take a hit as you play more and more hours in a row. If you’re in a losing streak (or you’ve had terrible teammates despite winning), your mental will also likely be shot by the seventh or eighth hour playing.
A good rule of thumb is to limit your Valorant sessions to three to four hours in a row. That way, you’re able to maximize your peak potential while not experiencing the performance drop when you play too much. If you’re losing three games in a row, that’s also a good time to stop playing for a while and mentally reset.
Aim Trainers are your best friends
As I’ve alluded to earlier, you don’t need to rely necessarily on playing Valorant games to improve in your skills. If you’re having trouble on the mechanical side of things, there’s a lot of third-party games you can play to improve your aim significantly. I’m talking, of course, about aim trainers.
Aim trainers have risen in popularity thanks to Valorant and other FPS games gaining traction. In a nutshell, these games are compilations of mini-games you can play that can help you practice various first-person shooter skills. These skills include, but are not limited to: flicking, tracking, spray control, and crosshair placement.
The two most popular aim trainers in the market today are KovaaK’s and Aim Labs. KovaaK’s is a lot more comprehensive and detailed, but it has a $5 price tag. Aim Labs, on the other hand, is free, but doesn’t quite have the same depth as KovaaK’s. Both are still pretty good though: they offer different scenarios to practice different Valorant skills, and have some level of customization to suit your skill level.
Aim can only take you so far in Valorant, though. Many top-rated players are pretty firm in saying that past Platinum, everyone more or less has god-tier aim. What sets apart Diamonds from Immortals to Radiants is their game knowledge and game sense.
The best way to climb up the rating ladder in these tiers is to review your own gameplay. Unfortunately, Valorant doesn’t have a built-in replay system like Counter-Strike (Riot pls fix). There are multiple screen recording software you can use to watch your games, though. Insights.gg, OBS, or even your built-in Windows Screen Capture will allow you to review your Valorant demos.
When watching your Valorant demos, it’s important to pay attention to your mistakes and what you can do better. It’s also better if you review your VODs right after the game, since you’re more likely to recall your thought process throughout the match.
Self-improvement can be a tricky endeavor, especially in a game like Valorant. It takes some serious guts to be able to pick up on your own mistakes and make a concerted effort to improve on them. Oftentimes, players pick up bad habits and don’t realize they have these bad habits, because they go unpunished in their elo.
If you feel like you’re too biased of an observer to rate your own gameplay, perhaps you can consider getting a Valorant coach. Coaches will help you notice your bad habits and teach you how to fix them. They’ll also give you better tips on how to improve, and maybe even give you a concrete training regimen.
The biggest advantage of coaching, though, is that it’s personalized. Unlike YouTube guides, Valorant coaches will watch YOUR gameplay, and tweak what to teach you based on what they perceive is your skill level. You can ask one of your friends to coach you up, or if you’re looking for a professional, there’s plenty of for-hire coaches on sites like Fiverr.
One of the most underrated aspects of gaming is your peripherals and your set-up. You might be a god at Valorant, blessed with great aim and game sense, but if you have a toaster for a computer, you’re going to lose all of your duels in Bronze.
Because of that, it’s important for you or anyone else wanting to rank up faster in Valorant to invest in good gear. That doesn’t mean you need to gun for a 3090 though: try to find the best available units for you at a reasonable price. If you can nab a solid unit that can run the game at more than 60 frames per second, you’re all set.
As for your peripherals, consistency is the name of the game. Find a comfortable mouse, keyboard, and headset, and stick with those units. When I personally used to play in internet cafes, I would bring my own mouse since I’m used to that unit.
Valorant rank boosting is an extremely underrated tool when it comes to ranking up quickly in the game. Having a Diamond-level or above player smurf through your ranked games is a sure-fire way to get to the high ranks immediately. However, you might wonder how boosting can help you improve your own gameplay.
Well, the simple answer is it gets you up close and personal with an elite player. Watching someone who is miles ahead of you will help you learn the game better. It’s like watching your favorite NBA player from a courtside seat. You can see what exactly they are doing that makes them so much better than the rest of the competition.
If you’re going to get boosted by your friends or by some other third-party service, make sure to take the time to watch what they’re doing right. It will help you in keeping the rank you got yourself into, I promise.
The final tip we share to you is simple, and has already been said earlier in this article: play the goddamn game. You can read as much Valorant tips and tricks as you’d like, but nothing beats playing the game itself to improve and rank up better. Apply all the tips we’ve said here, and in no time you’ll be in Diamond… or even higher!
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