I think Valorant is pretty cool, but mostly to watch. In practice, it's like a Counter-Strike I'm even worse at. I'm never confused about why I died, but I'm not sure there is a training montage with enough buttressing power to get me legitimate on this one. I made my peace with it.
Apparently Valorant has a lot of mean people on comms, which tracks; if it's the subset of the League community that is into tournament style shooters, like, holy shit. What is the opposite of bacta? Because that's what these motherfuckers stew in. I literally would not know how they are: I absolutely do not allow random people to talk to me in videogames. If I'm gonna play a shooter, I'm on Discord with my own people. I understand the idea that foregoing this vital avenue of communication puts you at a serious competitive disadvantage, but feeling bad because I allowed a stranger to careen around inside my skull during what is ostensibly a leisure activity… No. Again. I understand the positions, this conversation has been going on for a while. I understand that it should not be this way. But there's no universe in which I expose myself to shrieking, hostile spirits just so I can play pew-pews on the Wub.