7 tips to improve your marksmanship in Valorant

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If you get kicked to the viewer screen more often after turning a corner in Valorant, don't worry. These tricks and tweaks will have you clicking heads in no time.

Valorant's roster of heroes has a number of powers to defeat the enemy, but at the end of the day, it's your marksmanship and game sense that will get you through most situations in Riot Games' team-based tactical shooter. 

While hero abilities are a central part of the game, you'll notice that Valorant has more in common with CS:GO (Counterstrike: Global Offensive) than it does with other hero-based shooters like Overwatch.

So whether you've been struggling to get past the tight chokes in Bind or a long push from the last C round in Haven, this guide will help you send opponents out to watch.

1. Stacking the Odds: Placing the Cross

The placement of the cross is arguably the most important aspect to aim to improve your k/d in Valorant. It means keeping the crosshair centered on the screen, positioning the crosshair at the perfect head height as you push or peel through the round. 

The idea is to minimize the amount of correction you will have to make when seeing a player. If the scope is at head height, you only need to cover a (relatively small) horizontal distance. 

It will take time and dedication to break some bad habits. This goes for any of you aiming for the ground and for those of you aiming for the clouds: Make the effort to shift towards this style of play and you'll see your game improve with discipline. 

Be warned, there has to be a conscious effort to change your playstyle, but it will help you make a huge leap forward in Valorant.

2. Practice

As the old saying goes: to be an expert at something, you must first put in ten thousand hours of practice. While ten thousand might be a little… too much? You should drop into range before joining the queue, practicing your aiming and tracking “hit”, or getting a feel for Valorant's arsenal of weapons.

Want to choose the operator? Go ahead, it's OP, but get used to it. Controlling the ranges, ranges, and potency of each weapon while figuring out what you're comfortable with will help you as your economy shrinks and your options start to run out. 

However, be careful not to stay too long in the field and burn yourself. You can start slowly, but consistent thirty-minute sessions will show results.

3. Sit still

Call of duty and Battlefield taught us a lot of skills that won't really be useful in this game. Running around the map, firing a hip submachine gun is nothing more than a fantasy when you jump into a Valorant game. 

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Your shots will be noticeably wild and inaccurate when shooting on the go, even if you aim down. 

Take your time with these corners and plant your feet. A vandal can shoot someone with a heavy shield, but only if you click their head. The most stable hand in Valorant comes out on top as often as the fastest hand.

4. Your cross and you; what are you doing wrong

Some might think this is no big deal, but finding the right crosshair for you and your playstyle is important. 

Reducing the spread indicator and choosing a color to stand out in the monotonous Bind scene will help a lot. It can also provide a more accurate reference for hitting that headshot with greater consistency. It's all about what's best for you. After adjusting your aim, you will be shocked by the improvement. 

In simpler terms: your aim should be simple, small, non-distracting and consistent. Always choose a static crosshair over a dynamic one that adapts when you fire or move. If your aim can't be consistent, neither can you.

5. From the hip

Shooting from the hip is usually not the best option in typical shooters. However, if you've been keeping your feet planted while shooting and have a reliable crosshair you can rely on, then crosshairs should be your method of choice for clearing corners in Valorant. 

Aiming down makes you more accurate but lowers your rate of fire. It's ideal for range, but in close-up when one shot might be all you need, staying focused gives you a better field of view and a higher rate of fire for when you find more than just a Sage around the corner. .

6. Before playing

Holy mother of god…

(via @TenZ_CS)#aimlab@Cloud9 pic.twitter.com/Zo7dFDdVBG

— theScore esports (@theScoreesports) August 10, 2020

All these tips are useless if you are not set up correctly; therefore, for many who will find this insultingly basic, this is for the few who may not know. 

If you haven't figured it out yet: Find the sensitivity that's right for you. Valorant is a slower paced game than most, so a lower sensitivity is more forgiving. Adjust your DPI to something comfortable for all games, then adjust your sensitivity as best you can. 

You can find tons of converters online to find out your preferred settings for Valorant and all your other favorite games while you're at it. Most pro gamers will find themselves at 400 or 800 DPI, but find what works for you and a mouse that suits your game to keep your edge.

7. Leave no stone unturned

If you're new to the PC or have never really aimed with a mouse, an Aim trainer might be your best bet. Aim Hero, Osu, Aiming.pro and 3D Aim Trainer have a plethora of games and modes that help you in different aspects of PC gaming. 

Whether it's tracking, quick aiming or machine gunning, you'll find more than a few options to help hone your skills. 

You can find aim trainers with prices ranging from free to a maximum of 20 dollars, with different games and exercises to test your skill.

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