No matter how many hours you’ve spent playing Valorant, it’s possible to remain stuck in low ranks. One of the most effective strategies for breaking this deadlock is focusing on quality practice rather than quantity. This guide will discuss five common bad habits among low-elo players, how to identify them, and ways to break them.

  1. Fear of Pushing

Understanding the Issue

Many low-elo players hesitate to push, especially when on the attacker side. The fear of first entering a site and facing the enemy head-on can be daunting. However, pushing through is crucial in gaining control of a site.

Breaking the Habit

Coordinate with your team. Make sure you are not alone when pushing onto a site. Correctly utilizing abilities and team support can make this task more manageable. Remember, even if you go down, your teammates should be there to support and trade you.

  1. Crosshair Placement

Understanding the Issue

Aiming too low is a common issue among low-elo players. In the heat of the moment, players must remember to keep their crosshairs at head level, thus missing out on potential headshots and extra damage.

Breaking the Habit

Identify the moments when your aim dips the most. Reviewing your matches or having a friend watch your play can help you identify these instances. Once you’ve recognized these moments, consciously maintain correct crosshair placement during those times.

  1. Relying on Raw Aim

Understanding the Issue

Low-elo players often focus on trying to win raw aim duels, hoping to outperform their enemies solely based on their aim. This approach turns encounters into 50/50 duels, which could be a more sustainable strategy for consistent victories.

Breaking the Habit

Use the utility to increase your odds in duels. Use smokes, flashpoints, or even coordinate with a teammate for a double peek. Turning the odds in your favor before engaging the enemy can increase your chances of winning duels.

  1. Lack of Decision Making

Understanding the Issue

Low-elo players often need help to make decisions during a round, including choosing positions, using abilities effectively, or even deciding how to push a site. This confusion leads to poor performance.

Breaking the Habit

Always consider the current goal of the round and identify the best actions to contribute to achieving that goal. Understanding the context and thinking about the main objective at the moment can guide your decisions.

  1. Poor Economy Management

Understanding the Issue

Low-elo players tend to need help with credit management. Spending too many or too few credits during certain rounds can hinder your performance in the long run.

Breaking the Habit

Understanding when to save and when to spend credits is essential. If you’ve won a round, buy up for the second round. Investing in a solid arsenal can help you maintain the upper hand in the following rounds.

Remember, breaking bad habits takes time and consistent practice. Stay patient, identify areas for improvement, and focus on them during your games. With time and dedicated effort, you’ll see a marked improvement in your performance and rankings.