VALORANT pros are divided on the divide and its competitive viability
VALORANT’s new map, Fracture, has divided pro players. While Fracture has yet to reach the VALORANT Champions Tour competitive card pool, meaning most pro teams haven’t made it in practice matches, most have played the card casually or casually. in professional lobbies at 10.
The common consensus, among some, is that the map, with its unique gadget of defenders appearing in the middle and defenders on the outskirts, looks like a Call of Duty map. Others find the comparison exciting, others think it’s more of an insult.
“I’ve played Call of Duty, Counter Strike and now VALOARNT esports,” Kiana “KP” Lytle said at a press conference ahead of VCT Game Changers Series III. “And it’s unlike anything I’ve ever played in a first-person shooter.”
The uniqueness of Fracture shone the day Riot first revealed the map. Attackers have the ability to split a hit at a bomb site instantly on each turn and defenders are put on the back foot if they aren’t moving quickly. Fracture is also the first card to have four ultimate orbs up for grabs, which adds another layer of strategic depth, as teams can fight for more resources (unlike other cards that only have two orbs).
“What’s unique is the way you can take any part of the map at any given time because there is so much on the map,” KP said. “This map is probably designed for six or seven players, but there are only five. So at any point in time that kind of opens up the possibility for someone to do a play, for someone to be the hero, for someone to make something exciting happen. I think it just reminds me of the fast-paced Call of Duty.
But for players moving on from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the new gadget can be difficult to use. While each map has its own unique twist (Bind’s teleporter or Haven’s three bomb sites), they still have the feel of a tactical FPS map. Catherine “cath” Leroux of TSM Female said she is excited to be working with the new VALORANT location, although she has some hesitation.
“To me, I feel like my brain won’t be able to understand the concept of a fracture,” Cath said. “Being able to divide a site right away, like taking the ropes and dividing A or B right off the bat. I played CS: GO for about 15 years before VALORANT, so the new concept might be a little hard on my brain.
According to General G Black Lynn clarke, the map looks fun for casual play, but she thinks pro teams will struggle to fit it into their map pools for a while. She explained that the map seems “unpredictable” on occasion, with schedules and scenarios teams haven’t had to adjust to before.
“I think it’s a good map, it looks like a Call of Duty map, it doesn’t look like a VALORANT map or a Counter-Strike map,” Lynn said. “It just looks like something you’re getting off on.”
The pace of the map is also different, as teams will have a hard time missing out and searching for information on where the enemy team has stacked their players. Fracture will have a faster style and could see more success on the five-player site, according to Lee Lee “leelee” McNeil of Gen.G Black.
As far as the compositions go, no one had any reading on how the meta could rock. KP said the map will force teams to create their own lineups because game creation is important, and added that she doesn’t see a cohesive meta-roster. For Gen.G Black coach Jackson “Jaxsen” Popelka, he said fans might see less select agents on the new map.
“I know there are a few different agents that we haven’t seen, like Breach, which we talked about,” Jaxsen said.
But some pros are less convinced of the card’s viability in general, saying its clumsiness is a major obstacle. However, all admitted that over time their opinions will likely change as they dissect Fracture and see her play competitively, just like the other new cards in VALORANT Breeze and Icebox.
“I think it needs a lot of overhaul,” said Carolyn “ArtstaR” Noquez, a recent XSET signatory. “It was kind of like Riot just threw something, maybe just to get something different in the card pool, but I don’t know.”