Riot Asks Valorant Pro Players Not to Teabag in Competitive Matches
You read that right: Valorant pro players were told not to teabag each other during VCT EU. It’s not against the rules, but it’s apparently “undesirable”. We’re pretty sure you can imagine how G2 responded to being told not to teabag the players of DefuseTeam and vice versa. In addition to not teabagging, they were asked to not shoot players who were already dead. There’s a lot of talk about teabagging, too. Many consider it incredibly disrespectful and toxic. Between pro players it can be seen as just regular trash talk/taunting.
It’s a current topic of discussion with two very adamant sides. On one hand, it’s said to be just a part of the game and isn’t meant to harass players. On the other hand, toxicity and harassment are big in Valorant. Riot Games is trying to fight this sort of behavior, so we can see why this was decided.
No Lipton’s During Matches
This announcement came just before the G2 vs. DefuseTeam, via Patryk “paTiTek” Fabrowski of G2. It stated:
“Hey 🙂 One additional info: Please do not tea-bagging or shoot on dead enemies during the match – this behaviour is not desired during the broadcast”
Some players and fans feel like this shows it’s okay to be toxic and insult your opponents in Valorant, by seeing a pro teabag someone. Conversely, many say it’s just a part of playing competitively, and riling someone up through a teabagging gives you an advantage on the mental part of the game. A player who is mad is more likely to make mistakes. How did G2’s Ocelote think? Well, he said this on Twitter:
“Wait I hope this is a troll. If I don’t see some teabagging today I will certainly lose my s**t”
Patryk made sure to do just that, with a quick “i got you boss” in a reply to Ocelote. G2 absolutely demolished Defuse on Map 1, leading Carlos to exclaim on Twitter “LETS F**KING GOOOO TEABAG THAT B***H”.
Right now, it’s not against the rules. It’s not a law of the competitive scene, so at best, people that run tournaments can politely ask players to not do it. That’s about as far as it goes. Riot has repeatedly stated they want to cut back on toxicity in their game. Since it’s not against the rules though, you can count on pro players in Valorant continuing to drop Lipton’s teabags on their opponents. We certainly can see both sides of the argument; but it’s not fun to be on the receiving end, we can tell you that.