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Better knives hit detection is in the works and queue dodge punishments explained

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Riot Games have been actively trying to combat everything that can affect the overall experience of playing VALORANT’s competitive ranked mode, including sexism, ranked decay, and character select dodging. The latter is something that raised a few questions in the community on how it will be handled as doing the same action in the studio’s League of Legends title isn’t uncommon.

The question was answered clearly in the latest Ask VALORANT blog, explaining how these punishments are more directed towards repeated offenders who abuse the system. Not only that, the development team discussed their upcoming plans of introducing a similar system to League of Legends where players receive a few points punishment for the first dodge. This decision is to make it something normal for players to do but with an escalating punishment for frequent dodgers.

“First thing’s first: these changes target players who repeatedly queue dodge, and will have minimal impact on players who only queue dodge occasionally. We hope having a small (3-point) rank rating deduction provides additional deterrence for players who frequently dodge—without being too punishing for the person who rarely dodges. We've also kept it quick to earn back your rank rating, while not impacting your MMR with these penalties. However, repeated queue dodges will add up, and repeat queue dodgers will feel the intended pains of this,” explained Competitive Designer Jon Walker, Producer Ian Fielding, and Strategic Advisor Lea Hughes.

Melee weapon, © Riot Games
Melee weapon, © Riot Games

Another topic in heavy discussion in the VALORANT community is the suspicious knife hitbox, which has been put in the spotlight following the release of the gun game-inspired mode, Escalation. Riot Games have acknowledged the issue, and even revealed they are working on various and significant improvements to the melee weapon.

“The hitbox is static, unintuitive, and only active for a very brief period of time. This leads to frustration and confusion when combined with visuals that imply the knife does damage during the entire slash motion.”

“These are things we'd like to improve, but other weapon balance issues generally take priority over this work because the knife isn't intended to be a critical part of our combat model. We don’t think it should ever be the best choice in a fight, but we would like to make it feel better to use by improving its reliability and hit satisfaction, as well as allowing it to be a viable (but not necessary) weapon choice in some situations,” said Weapons Designer Nicholas Smith and Modes Designer & Engineer Kyle Leach.

What do you think of the current melee weapon hitbox? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


Punisment for dodging is so stupid
2021-02-27 11:26
At this moment Riot is just flipping us all off. People out here Insta Locking Important Characters and Throwing the whole Game and Being Toxic and Absuive the whole game and dont get a single Ban or any kind of Punishment for that matter but when We dodge due to them being Toxic in Agent Select we get 30 Mins of Queue Penalties. A Big Fuck You form Riot. Worthless Devs.
2021-02-27 11:36
People be taking characters like Jett to just afk, or even be toxic, like come on guys, i hope that the devs fix the problem asap.
2021-02-28 04:08
Yeah it is unfortunate, I wish they had some way to detect wifi drops or errors that break your game kicking you out
2021-02-27 16:47
Even with dodging, like, why can't I dodge when I've 4 isntalock duelants or some guys being toxic straight from the start. I don't understand this decision at all
2021-02-28 09:33
add a map selection and vote kicking and people (or at least I) won't be dodging
2021-02-27 15:33
add a map selection +1111111111
2021-02-28 07:10
Map selection is a must!
2021-03-01 16:55
They need to add a money bonus or something for knife kills, right now its just for memes, I wish it was encouraged in some way like in CS:GO
2021-02-27 16:54
I mean in CS it's still kinda for the memes, but if you get it there is a huge financial boost.
2021-02-28 04:17
n0thing | Anime4life
Oh thank god, the melee in this game needed work tbh
2021-02-27 17:52
8/8 mens))
2021-02-28 07:11
Getting punished because YOU have to deal with people insta locking, people being toxic, people not having a mic or not being allowed to use it, good job riot...
2021-02-28 07:11
better add a map selection and votekick feature
2021-02-28 10:03
2021-03-01 16:54

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