Olivia R. March 6, 2020
Overwatch streamer Félix "xQc" Lengyel had some heavy criticism for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros who see Valorant as a competitive opportunity.
Ever since Riot Games announced that Project A is actually Valorant, a FPS heavily inspired by CSGO's weapons and structure blended with Overwatch's abilities and teamwork aspects, various esports pros have expressed interest in playing the game competitively. This includes CSGO pro Braxton "swag" Pierce, who told his fans he was leaving Swole Patrol to pursue "being the best in the world" at Valorant.
But xQc doesn't seem to think swag or any other CSGO players will have what it takes to easily transition to Valorant once the beta drops.
"Hot take: All the washed up CSGO 'pros' will try to go pro in Valorant like they did in Overwatch, then complain about rez, shields, and that the game revolves around more than simply shooting a gun and then ultimately quit," he tweeted.
Players prepare to go pro in Valorant
While Valorant is quite similar to CSGO, it also takes from games like Overwatch and Apex Legends. The pros in these games don't only rely on their mechanical skills, but their ability to communicate with teammates regarding the coordination of ability uses and come up with strategies based around varied team compositions. These are things that CSGO players may not be used to, since the T and CT side don't have any special abilities or varied team comps to discuss beyond a slightly different set of weaponry.
According to xQc, these could be elements of the game that CSGO players may not like or be able to adapt to.
Despite xQc's doubt in these pros, many CSGO veterans have continued to express interest in Valorant. Apex Legends and CSGO streamer Vinícius "noted" Mancinni recently announced that he would be playing Valorant for Cloud9.
"This game will be bigger than CSGO, bigger than any FPS in the world, and I'll be playing it in the highest level. With all I've learned making mistakes, making good friends, and having good people around me. I will give my best in Valorant," noted tweeted.