Are you tired of losing Valorant game matches?
Perhaps You Need to Improve on How to Defend in Valorant!
Seeing your Valorant Rank snowball due to pathetic teammates can be hurtful, especially after improving your aim. But, it is equally important also to learn handy tactics that help you Defend Valorant Site, especially against full-stacking attackers.
So, check out this guide containing useful Valorant defense tips and additional tricks to Defend Valorant Site like a pro!
Tactical 5v5 Pro Valorant Defense Tips
1. Valorant Agent Site Stack
When the round starts fresh, both teams have an equal advantage of having five players. At this moment, your priority and of your team is picking the best position suitable to your Agent’s Abilities. But it’s not as easy as often, is it?
Generally, on the Defender side, in Competitive game modes, allies mutually decide who holds which site. However, it’s usually less taken into account that initiators are less capable of defending a particular spike site by themselves. Likewise, duelists are also not suitable for protecting a spike due to their abilities.
Hence, starting by positioning correctly as per agent abilities is a basic but worthwhile tactic to Defend Valorant Site sufficiently.
2. Flank, Anti-Flank, and Full Stack
The number one mistake Valorant teams make in Competitive Valorant Game mode is not watching their flank. Several times, an opponent may lurk aloof from their team to gather information on you or inspect empty spike sites.
On these occasions, of course, unknowingly too, giving them a wide berth can be catastrophic. However, having the Initiator hold spawn is an easier solution to the question of how to defend in Valorant against lurks. While staying nearby the spawn also works, it may not be ideal in all maps like Icebox, where everything is pretty open.
3. Lurk, Anti-Lurk, and Double Lurk
Defenders in Valorant who remain at the site at all times directly put their team and allies at a significant disadvantage. By initiating a lurk yourself, you set up your team to gain more map control. But, at the same time, it’s a tactic to be executed only after affirming the enemy team’s position nearby either site.
It is also possible for Lurks to implement the basics of How to Defend in Valorant, i.e., holding a site. When the enemy team is full-stack pushing either of the spike sites, as a lurk, you can take the mid-map area to restrict enemy rotations. Doing so would also work as an Anti-Lurk as you could possibly encounter enemy lurks around your vision.
As for the Double lurks, remember that it does not work on every Valorant Map. Unless you have one Sentinel and Controller each at a minimum, you can afford to have double lurks. The usual suspects who can take up the roles of double lurks are in combinations of Initiator + Initiator or Initiator + Duelist.
Tip: Please never have two duelists double lurk – as long as the comp is not playing retake, else it’s perfect.
4. Allied Communication
Whether you are an IGL (In-game-leader) or not, getting your allies to listen to you is a challenge in Low Elo Hell. Since it’s not the same scene in higher-ranked Valorant games, focus on simplifying your communication.
Legit, put your ears to the wall (figuratively) to hear enemies picking orbs or making footsteps and state it on comms, nothing else. By allowing your allies to make decisions for themselves (scary, we know), you will enable them to make stellar plays as long as they don’t fail colossally.
If the allies do fail hard after neglecting communications, welcome to the disadvantageous tactical side of defending in Valorant.
How to Defend In Valorant in Clutch Situations?
All of the above-mentioned tips can work to your benefit to an extent until the enemy team scores First Blood. So, when you are in 4v5 or similar scenarios with fewer allies than your opponents, readjust & realign your gameplay.
1. Identify Threat > Act
The first ideal step during situations when you have multiple casualties is to Check Minimap > Locate Enemies & Allies. Naturally, its succession or the next step is to Decide if Playing Retake is better suitable, and if yes, vamos.
In an alternate scenario, if you plan to hold or Defend A Site or B Site, or C Site, take a strategic position. Until your team rotates, avoiding combat engagement is essential for your survival and for having a chance at limiting casualties.
If, by chance, you may encounter a lurk, it’s all the more critical to avoid combat. Remember, the Attackers are under equal pressure to plant the spike in due time as you are about preventing it. Unless you are certain your ally can make it in time, refrain from playing retake; else, please leave the site.
Also Read: Valorant Neon Abilities Explained
2. Dual-Peeks And High & Low Peeks
After losing multiple duels, when you are staring at clutch situations, and you luckily have one ally, DO NOT SOLO. Await your teammate to rotate or communicate with them to take a strategic High & Low position with you to deter your opponent from surviving a duel with you.
In such situations, aligning in a High & Low position is always more ideal than Double-Peeking, because a Phantom in the hands of a skilled player can easily remove both you & your ally. You may also use this strategy when it’s a 5v5 situation with a split defense or full-stack defense.
All of the mentioned Valorant defense tips will require more than one match before they become a subconscious habit. Until then, you might want to play Unrated games if you are considering pushing rank seriously. Lastly, if you plan to troll, don’t queue for Ranked Games for everyone’s sake. GLHF!