Valorant is Cracking Down on Smurfs With Patch 1.13

by in Valorant | Dec, 1st 2020

Smurfs are a plague on the Ranked experience in Valorant, but Riot Games seems to think they can continue the fight through Patch 1.13. Smurfs is a stressful thing to endure in any online game with competitive modes, but it’s even worse in Free-to-Play games. When you don’t have to invest any money to play, you can just create as many accounts as you need, and play against weaker players with your superior skill. It’s one of the things that makes the League of Legends ranked experience miserable for the Iron-Bronze-Silver-Gold ranks. Knowing that players who have Master accounts can just make a brand-new account and bully lesser-experienced players is miserable.

This reveal came about on Reddit after Nochange36 started a thread on Smurf accounts. The reveal came courtesy of npcSara who said “We’ll be doing this in the next patch” when suggesting a change from 10 games to 10 wins”.

So what’s on the agenda for Patch 1.13 in Valorant?

It’s Too Easy to Get Ahead

How do you get “Ranked Ready” in Valorant? Why it’s incredibly easy! Make a new account with a fresh email, play 10 Unrated games, and that’s it! That’s all you need in order to play Ranked. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had the account. You could get this done in a couple of hours at the most. Smurfing definitely ruins the Valorant experience, so what is Patch 1.13 doing to address it?

The change is simple but could be effective. In order to compete in Ranked matches in Valorant as of 1.13, you now have to win 10 Unrated Games, slowing down Smurfs just a bit. Before, they could just throw games and get through the battles quickly. Players were quick to just idle, or spam a direction and do nothing in order to get the match over with quickly. Now, Smurfs are going to have to try like everyone else in Valorant, as soon as Patch 1.13 drops.

Sure, they [Smurfs] can still just win ten matches and have another account to be a plague with, but hopefully, they’ll try in all matches instead of just the ones post-Unrated. We don’t have an official date yet, but as we’re three weeks out from the last patch, we can’t imagine it won’t take long now. 

Will this kill the Smurf community off? No, of course not. But it’s going to be a much greater time commitment, having to win 10 games instead of simply playing 10 games. Even if you’re an expert player, your team of beginners could slow you down, and result in more matches being needed. If someone is found to be a smurf, it’s entirely likely that the rest of the team, out of spite, may make sure they lose without it being obvious. That is, of course, hypothetical. We aren’t suggesting that go down at all. 

We don’t know what can be done to combat the growth of Smurf accounts in Valorant or elsewhere, but Patch 1.13 is a good start. This will probably go down around January 2021, so we have a feeling players are going to start stocking up on Smurfs now before the change goes in. This should have been hotfixed out of nowhere, to be honest. 


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