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Valorant ranked will no longer be the most competitive mode of the FPS game

Valorant ranked will no longer be the most competitive mode of the FPS game

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Grinding down Valorant’s rank is a chore for some FPS game lovers, but a joy for others, especially when you finally reach the level you’ve been aiming for. Once you’ve broken through the inner Radiant sanctuary, though, there’s nowhere to go — well, not for long.

Riot has already outlined that the Immortal Pole will shrink to make the second-highest rank more competitive, but it turns out it’s going to get even hotter.

First mentioned in Riot’s VCT 2023 format reveal, an all-new competitive mode in alpha form will be added to the multiplayer game starting next week. Entitled ‘Premier’, the best of the best will battle it out for victory – surpassing even Radiant himself.

The alpha test is only in the hands of a few players and is located in Brazil. Of course, it’s worth noting that this is Premier’s alpha form, so there will probably be a bit of trial and error.

“We want to present an even higher goal than Radiant that offers the most competitive players a rewarding challenge beyond ranked,” writes Jon Walker, ranked designer for Valorant. “We wanted to connect the game and esport through a highly competitive mode that would allow millions of players to experience VALORANT in a similar way to our VCT pros and teams.”

In Premier, you put together a team of five and are then placed in a larger group of teams of a similar skill level. From here you will play a season consisting of weekly matches and tournaments. At the end of the season (they last a few weeks) the top dogs in the end-of-season tournament will be able to compete against us to claim the title of Division Champion.

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Since the mode is completely new, Riot naturally wants to collect feedback from players to help it thrive. The developers have specifically asked players to look into team creation (teams can add their logos and colors), as well as the all-new card pick-and-ban system that will be tested alongside Premier.

If you want to take on the best of the best, be sure to check out our rundown of all the Valorant ranks to get you on your way to glory. We also have all the best Valorant reticles and codes; after all, it would be pretty cool to have Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett’s crosshairs turned against him in the battle for Division Champion, right?

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