Professional VALORANT player for 100 Thieves, Spencer “Hiko” Martin, is worried about the skill gap among high ranked players in the game.
Hiko is known for his charismatic Esports career and insane reflexes. The 30-year-old Counter-Strike legend is now an active member of the 100 Thieves VALORANT roster. Despite being in his 30s, Hiko single-handedly outperformed multiple Tier-1 teams during the First Strike Qualifier. However, in a recent Tweet, Hiko shared his opinion about the current state of matchmaking in VALORANT.
Joining the upper echelons of VALORANT’s rank pyramid could be challenging. According to Hiko, there is a huge skill gap between Radiant and Immortal players. Professional VALORANT players also jumped into the conversation to share their perspectives about the ranking system. M1xwell from G2 esports & ec1s from Team Liquid fortified Hiko’s statement.
Hiko further added, “I think the main problem is a lot of people 3/4/5 stacking to get to immortal/radiant, and then when they get thrown into that rank solo queue their true individual skill isn’t quite there yet.” Boosting is a common scenario in VALORANT; however, RIOT is yet to carry out any decisive action about this case.
Boosted players frequently disrupt rank disciplines; even in the world of Counter-strike, similar things occurred. Valve dealt with the situation by implementing a reliable ranking system. Valve rearranged the entire rank ladder and made it harder for people to rank up. Hiko believes that RIOT should apply the same method to flush out incompetent players from ruining the matchmaking experience.