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Valorant seems to have a run-and-gun problem

Valorant seems to have a run-and-gun problem

Gabriel Ionica

11/26/2020, 11:44:03 AM


Several clips have been floating around Reddit recently featuring Cloud9’s Tyson “TenZ” Ngo going full run-and-gun with a Phantom and Vandal. In both clips, TenZ gets several kills with seemingly no effort.

Needless to say, these clips got the Valorant community pretty riled up. Some comments mention how other pro players like Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik have also been seen doing it. Others are calling for nerfs to the game’s seemingly apparent run-and-gun problem. But why is this an issue in a game like Valorant?

The Issue with Run-and-Gun in Valorant

Valorant is supposed to be a skill-based game. Allowing this kind of run-and-gun mechanic into the game lowers the skill ceiling. Not only that, but it goes against the entire “skill-based” ethos the game is supposed to have; there is nothing skillful about running forward or to the sides and holding left click.

In games like this, players should be required to stop and shoot to become accurate. In similar games like CS:GO, some players also master movement techniques that allow their shots to become accurate and make them harder to hit. Some have also drawn the obvious comparison to Call of Duty’s fast-paced, run-and-gun style which is not a good look for a game in Valorant’s class.

There is also the argument that what TenZ is doing still requires some skill. Players need to have a degree of skill to understand how to control the spray while running. If these kinds of clips become more common from the community, then we have a problem on our hands,

What do you guys think of these clips? Is TenZ just a skilled player or is this a more prevalent issue? Have you seen this done in your game? Let us know! As usual, remember to follow us at Run it Back and join our Discord for all your latest news, extensive guides, and exclusive interviews in the world of Valorant.


11/26/2020

Gabriel Ionica

Not-yet-famous esports writer. Started out with CS:GO but now I write about Valorant too. Check out my article backlog on Twitter!