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Valorant Betting Guide

In the following guide we will cover what you need to know to start your Valorant betting journey, including game mechanics, basic game and betting terminology, the available markets and much more.

Whether you’re new to esports gambling and/or to Valorant, there will be much to learn in the following chapters. Before we dive into the betting aspect of the guide, we need to understand the basics of how Valorant works, so let’s start there.

Acend, Valorant Champions 2021
Acend, Valorant Champions 2021

What is Valorant?

Valorant is a free-to-play FPS (First Person Shooter) video game for PC released by Riot Games in 2020. Valorant is one of the newest FPS in the scene and by adding different features of other video game genres, Riot has managed to create a very exciting game not only to play, but also really fun to watch.

It’s a 5vs5 round-based game, where each team has a different objective. The attacking team has a device called spike that they must deliver and activate on the designated spots in a map, then they must protect this device while the defending has to prevent the attacking team from planting the bomb.

Valorant has many similarities to other games in the FPS scene, for example, Valorant’s main game mode is almost identical to Counter Strike’s Bomb Defusal and it also shares other in-game systems such as the weapon shop. What differentiates Valorant to other classic shooters is that you have a wide variety of characters called agents, and each agent has a different set of abilities.

With a large amount of maps, characters and weapons, Valorant can be very daunting to learn, but we will cover the important stuff  so you can have an easier time.

Valorant Roles and Characters

As we mentioned before, Valorant has many characters available for you to play, each one of them has a designated role within a team. Maybe you like to play as a lone wolf sneaking around the map trying to score kills on enemies when they least expect it, or maybe you prefer a more supportive style playing around the strength of your teammates and providing utility such as healing, damage buffs or other types of enhancements for them. We’ll go ahead and explain what each role is looking to achieve in a Valorant match.

Duelist: The Duelists are the ones on the offense, they are the most aggressive role and this puts them in charge of picking the enemy team apart when they least expect it. The Duelists are capable of going into a dangerous zone and killing an opponent in a safe manner because they have abilities like dashes, self heal and invulnerability.

Sentinels: This role might be one of the most complex out there, the sentinels are the ones bringing the biggest amount of utility to their team. With abilities like placing hidden cameras to spot the enemy team or by building up walls that are tough to break, Sentinels gather information and manipulate the battlefield to a point where they force the opponent to make the wrong move.

Initiators: They are in charge of opening the fight for their team when trying to attack or defend the spike zone. In their repertoire we can find abilities like long range stuns and flashes but these are often very slow to charge and to use, that’s why initiators function as a secondary support playing in the back line while the rest of the team do the dirty work.

Controllers: Just like their name says, controllers can take over a zone by the use of abilities like smoke screens preventing the enemy team from breaking through the defense. One of their strengths is to overtake the enemy by using their abilities to narrow the opponent’s line of sight, making it much easier for their team to control the spike zone.

Valorant’s In Game Economy, Rounds and Weapons

Valorant is a round-based game, each team starts either as the defendant or the attacker and after the first 12 rounds the teams will swap sides, giving both the chance to prove who is the best at each objective. In the competitive mode, the first team to win 13 rounds will be the winner of the match, that’s unless both teams win 12 rounds then an over-time will occur and each team will alternate sides every round until one team wins 2 rounds in a row.

If you’ve played Counter Strike before, you’ll find many similarities in the way you obtain weapons, the main difference being that in Valorant you also have the option to unlock your character’s abilities by paying a specific amount of money. Money is one of the main aspects of the game that defines which team is winning or at least which one has the advantage.

There are different ways to collect money in Valorant, one of them is a passive income, after every single round you’ll get a certain amount of cash depending on the outcome of the round, so if you win you gain a bigger amount of cash than if you lose. Fortunately the game has a catch-up mechanic, this means that if you and your team are losing a lot of rounds in a row then you’ll get more cash so you have a better chance at coming back into the match. You also have active incomes, for example every time you kill an enemy you receive a fixed amount of cash or every time someone on the attacking side plants the spike the whole team gets an extra bonus of money.

Just like when it comes to characters, Valorant has a huge variety of weapons that you can use depending on the situation. Maybe if you are a controller and want to defend a specific spot, using an assault rifle can be your best choice, if you are a duelist and can go in and out of a fight really quick you can use a one-shot, one-kill sniper rifle. It all depends on what your team needs and what purpose are you trying to fulfill during a match. That’s why it’s very important to keep an eye on what the rest of your team is currently using, if you see one of them already is playing with a sniper rifle then it’s probably best if you use another type of weapon to cover all the bases.

Valorant Moneyline Betting

After learning basic Valorant strategy and terminology, it’s important to nurture that knowledge by watching professional games, reading articles and even playing the game yourself. It’s also a good time to start learning how to bet Valorant. We will start by talking about the most basic and standard type of bet you can place in a Valorant match, the moneyline bet.

In sports gambling, moneyline betting is pretty straightforward, when you bet on a team’s moneyline you’re betting on that team to win regardless of how and when they do it. In a series (typically best-of-3 or best-of-5) you’re backing the team to win the entire series.

Take for example a Best-Of-3 match between Gambit and KRU during the Blast Pro Series. The Valorant odds for this match may look something like Gambit -140 KRU +180. When reading odds, a negative number denotes that team is the favorite to win the match while a positive number denotes that team is the underdog. In this case, we can assume the linemakers are assuming Gambit will win the best-of-3 series against KRU. If you had placed an $140 wager on Gambit (-140) you would only win $100. The negative odds tell you what you’d have to wager in order to win $100. If you placed a $100 wager on KRU (+180), you would win $180. The positive odds show you what you would win on a $100 wager.

Valorant Totals Betting

With the understanding of how odds work, the other types of lines available are quite easy to understand. Totals betting applies to a variety of aspects of the game. Typically, esports betting experts bet on the map totals which determine how long a series will be. For example, in a best-of-3 series the totals line would be set at 2.5 and you would have to determine whether at the end of the series there will be more or less than 2.5 maps in the series.

Totals are also known as Over/Under. In the example discussed above, you could take Over 2.5 Maps as your esports pick which means the series has to go to a third map, hence meaning each team has to win at least one map for you to win your bet regardless of which team wins the match. On the other hand, if you determine the game is going to be Under 2.5 Maps, any of the teams has to win the series with a 2-0 score for you to win your bet.

Totals betting can also come in the form of prop bets which we’ll cover last in the guide. For example, you can bet on over/under rounds for each map.

Valorant Handicap Betting

Handicap betting can be a bit overwhelming at first but once you understand it, it’s a very powerful tool. In a best-of-3 series, you would typically see handicap lines accompanied by -1.5 or +1.5. For example, Gambit -1.5 +100 KRU +1.5 +260. The -1.5 is the handicap and it means that it applies to the final score in order to settle your bet. T1 -1.5 basically means that Gambit’ map score in the series will be reduced by 1.5 to settle your bet. If Gambit were to win the series 2-0, you would win your bet as the final score for your bet would be 0.5-0 after the handicap was applied. However, if Gambit were to win the series 2-1, you would lose your bet as the final score for your bet would be 0.5-1 after the handicap was applied.

The same logic applies to the other team with the +1.5, that number would be added to the final score to settle your bet. In short, KRU +1.5 in the example above means that KRU would have to win at least one map to win your bet. Handicap betting can also come in the form of prop bets as kills handicaps. Handicaps are a great way to get better odds by tightening your prediction in a game with a heavy favorite where the moneyline odds may be too low.

Valorant Prop Betting

We will close this esport betting guide with props, which can be some of the most fun types of bets in the market. Prop bets come in all sorts of types, you can bet on which team will win a pistol round or  who will win a specific map. The reality is that while some prop bets are made for fun, some others can be used as bankroll boosters if you have the right numbers to back your pick.

As mentioned above, some prop bets can come in the form of moneylines, totals and handicap. For example, you can bet on the moneyline for a specific map of a series, or totals for rounds in a specific map and even handicap kills. Feel free to shop around the BetUS Sportsbook and carefully study Valorant matches to determine what your first esports pick will be.

 

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