Tyson “TenZ” Ngo has posted a beginner’s guide for players who want to rank up in Valorant. The video features important tips for those who might have just gotten their beta key to Riot Games’ competitive first-person shooter.
1. Practice with two to three agents
Try to have a small character pool prepared when starting out in Valorant. Don’t try to specialize with just one because other players might pick your agent. Also, avoid playing all the agents at the start.
TenZ shared that, when he started playing Valorant, he kept on picking Jett. But he soon began to struggle when someone else picked the character, since he didn’t know how to play any other. That was when he decided to try Viper, a character no one else specialized in. “I got used to her, and now she’s my favorite character,” said TenZ.
2. Strategize with your team about agent composition
Having the right composition will help you win more games. So, coordinate with your teammates at the start of the round and pick agents that complement each other well.
Riot designed some agents to excel in certain situations, and picking the proper lineup will give your team an advantage, whether it’s in attacking or defending different sites on the map.
3. Try to win most of your unrated matches
TenZ believes that your 20 unrated matches track your account ranking. Before playing your five placement matches, which are supposed to help decide which rank you fall under, players are required to play 20 unrated matches. TenZ recalled doing well during his unrated matches, and this earned him the Immortal rank after his placement matches.
4. Never solo queue
Again, Valorant is a team game, and playing with a squad — that also wants to rank up like you — helps you all come out on top in ranked matches. TenZ also noted that there is still a good chance you will be matched up with a full five stack, even if you’re solo queued.
5. Don’t bait, work together
Coordinate and make decisions as a team. Don’t bait your teammates to get better stats, since winning matches is the only way to rank up.
6. Hold the sites as defenders at all costs
When holding sites as a defender, never fight one on one or give free kills against enemies. If you allow attackers an opening into the site, then they’ll have an easier time getting in and establishing strong positions.
7. Go for impact plays
Impact frags are kills that help you win the round. These are the type of plays that stop attackers pushing into the site. It could also be a kill against an opponent holding a strong position, and opens up the map for the rest of your teammates.
8. Stay positive
Keeping a positive attitude will always motivate your team to stay in the game. Even after losing consecutive rounds, having an optimistic attitude will help your team build momentum. Since Valorant is a game where teams are racing to reach 13 round wins, momentum plays a big part in ranked matches.
9. Study the pros
Watching and studying professional players’ streams will help you make better decisions in your own ranked matches. Learn how they play their agents and how they use specific weapons, which you can later incorporate into your own playstyle.
10. Don’t tilt queue
Lastly, TenZ suggested not to chase a win after being on a losing streak. Chasing after wins following ranked match sessions won’t help you play better and could set you back, if you’re already struggling in-game.
TenZ has been one of the most helpful professional players in the Valorant community. He was the first North American player to reach the Valorant rank, and has continued to share his insights on how players can improve in Valorant.