Are your teammates always calling you out for your ego looking at your enemies? That’s not entirely a bad thing and might even be a good thing, as one Valorant developer explained.
You can’t be too careful in tactical shooting games. One wrong move could spell victory for your enemies, so it’s good to exercise caution. But sometimes aggression is the key to unlocking victories. But it’s hard to pick fights when playing with nosy teammates who micromanage every move. Glancing at ego is generally looked down upon in Valorant. Teammates prevent you from picking fights, resulting in fewer kills on the scoreboard. Valorant developer EvrMoar has something to say about it, and some players may not like it.
According to Valorant Senior Competitive Designer EvrMoar, high-ranking ego-watching enemies increase your chances of getting more Rank (RR) and, therefore, ranking up faster.
What is ego stealth in Valorant?
Ego peeking involves aggressively going out to fight with opposing players. Ego peeking in Valorant isn’t generally considered good practice, but it can be rewarding when done correctly, so ego peeking isn’t always bad. EvrMoar explains why assaulting high ranked players can really help.
In a thread, the developer explained that eliminating higher ranked players warrants a bigger RR. The system detects that you can kill a diamond player in the platinum lobby and then tries to push you to the same MMR as your enemy. Conversely, if you keep expecting easy kills against Gold players, it won’t have a huge impact on your MMR. Simply put, ego sneaking against highly skilled players translates to fast rankings.
Some players have expressed concern that this advice will lead to bad players giving up an agent advantage. It is crucial to fine-tune your aim and read the situations before following EvrMoar’s advice. You can end up with a negative kill-death ratio by continually trying to take down the enemy’s best fragger. Still, with a good lens, glancing at the ego isn’t bad practice.
The developer doubled down on their advice by saying ego peeking pushes your potential. Trying to step out of your comfort zone to win duels can increase the game’s confidence in your abilities, which keeps MMR moving. Conversely, avoiding duels or reducing game time to gain rank on the main account limits movement possibilities. This makes it harder for the system to push the MMR forward.
Aggressiveness helps the system detect it early when you are performing better than usual. For example, if you get ten kills on a good day, winning streaks and more kills against skilled enemies will alert the system to a change in your performance. For this, you can be rewarded with an RR bonus.
However, this advice only applies if you are a regular player with a good aim that is held back for fear of losing. Glancing at the ego without practice and common sense of the game will lead to a losing streak for many players.