Riot Aims to Add 30 Agents Before Testing the Pick / Ban Feature

Riot Aims to Add 30 Agents Before Testing the Pick / Ban Feature
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Since Valorant evolved from its beta phase in June 2020, Riot has left no stone unturned when it comes to polishing its FPS project with new content and regular game updates. In fact, today is the day that Riot released Valorant, while the latter is still in its beta phase and was previously called "Project A".

With the game tuned in to every possible update along with a burgeoning pro scene, the community has been pitching various ideas to the game developers including an Agent Pick / Ban system. Today, Riot responded to this request in which they stated that their main goal is to have 30 agents in their game first before instilling the Pick / Ban feature within the game. Having started the Beta journey with 10 agents, we saw gradual and steady growth in Valorant's agent roster. Over the past year, more than 5 agents have been added to the first-person shooter game so far. Since the game developers insist on adding more than 15 agents to their party, we may not be able to witness the pick/ban feature for the next 3 1/2 to 4 years.

Currently, the Pick / Ban feature has been operational in Ubisoft Montreal's Rainbow Six Siege, another tactical first-person shooter.

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On Reddit, there has been some discussion about Valorant getting a head start on his agent pool, as does League of Legends with some basic agents (too easy for beginners to understand) and some complex heroes, roles thereafter. and strategies. . Adjusting the Pick / Ban system in such an environment could bring a new goal to the professional gaming scene.

In an interview on Twitch, Nicholas Wu Smith added: 

''It also really depends on if we get as much good competition out of banning stuff versus other games. Other games ban, but is it actually better? ''

He delved into the same by mentioning former Cloud9 Blue Valorant player Tyson 'TenZ' Ngo, where he stated:

''Is it better to see TenZ on Jett more often, or is it better that we never see that because it always gets banned against that team?''

Statistically, TenZ has been a Jett-Main since he started playing Valorant professionally and has posted a 63% pick rate in all of his games. Now imagine the opposition banning Jett, forcing him to change his election.

Now, this will change his and other players' goals and game plans as he charges for his competitive props.

The same above was endorsed and mentioned by senior game designer Trevor Romleski, who added:

''We expect teams to have set plays and strategies that will require very specific Agents. Banning an Agent would invalidate that entire strategy, and we don’t want to discourage the practice.''

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