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Valorant: TSM Wardell’s 4 major lessons for mastering the Operator

Wardell creates a detailed guide for newer Operator players in Valorant
Wardell creates a detailed guide for newer Operator players in Valorant
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Modified 23 Sep 2020, 13:42 IST
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No matter how broken and oppressive the Operator-Jett meta feels at the moment, Valorant’s incredibly expensive sniper rifle is still one of the hardest weapons to master in the game.

The high risk-high reward sort of gameplay is not something that the weak-hearted can easily pick up but once you successfully do pick it up, the rewards outweigh the risks by leaps and bounds.

If you are new to a low-TTK shooter like Valorant and have only played shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch, then Valorant’s sniper will feel incredibly different.

The mechanics on Valorant’s Operator are much harder to pick up and will require a considerable amount of practice for you to get even close to being mechanically average with the weapon.

Hence, if you’re dying unnecessarily with the Operator in hand and getting flamed by your teammates for it, then TSM’s ace sniper Wardell has just the perfect guide for you.

4 major Valorant lessons by Wardell (screengrab from stream)
4 major Valorant lessons by Wardell (screengrab from stream)

Wardell’s 4 major lessons on ‘Easy Shots’, ‘Flicks’, ‘Econning’, and ‘Angles’ will tell you exactly what you’re doing wrong with the weapon.

Wardell's tips to use Valorant’s Operator

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1. Easy Shots

Wardell suggests to find the middle ground between instantly shooting and waiting too long to shoot (screen grab from guide)
Wardell suggests to find the middle ground between instantly shooting and waiting too long to shoot (screen grab from guide)

By ‘Easy Shots’, Wardell is referring to the fact that newer Operator users generally tend to shoot as soon as they spot someone. Because of this, they miss most of their shots, as they aren’t aware if the opponent is going to ‘swing’, ‘wide swing’ or ‘jiggle peek’.

Trigger discipline plays a huge role here, and Wardell suggests to wait before squeezing the trigger. However, waiting too long can cause its own problems, and Wardell talks about finding a middle ground between waiting too long and instantly shooting.

2. Flicking vs Waiting

Wardell talks about flicking in Valorant (screen grab from guide)
Wardell talks about flicking in Valorant (screen grab from guide)
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Flicking might have its own merits but it’s not all that easy to pull off as it requires an incredible amount of training and muscle memory.

Hence, for newer players, Wardell recommends Waiting as it’s much easier to kill when the enemy walks into the Operator’s crosshair. Although getting frags like this will require a good deal of patience from your part, it will get the job done without you having to risk losing the Operator.

3. Econing

Operator needs a great deal of econ management in Valorant (screen grab from guide)
Operator needs a great deal of econ management in Valorant (screen grab from guide)

The third section of Wardell’s Operator guide talks about how to keep a good economy to buy a gun.

He finds investing in weapons like the Bucky, Sheriff and Judge to be a waste of credits when one is going for the sniper position on the team.

The Operator is very expensive, and not having a god econ strategy will ultimately mess up your game and cost your team rounds.

4. Angles and Positioning

The Operator is all about positioning and finding advantageous angles in Valorant (screengrab from guide)
The Operator is all about positioning and finding advantageous angles in Valorant (screengrab from guide)
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With the Operator, positioning and repositioning is everything. With the correct angling, not only will they be able to cover easier after missing a shot but they would even get a big advantage over the opponents.

Wardell also talks about non-prefirable angles when using the operator, and suggests that players should abuse these little pockets on the map, as it drastically reduces the risk of getting pre-fired on by the opponents and improves one’s chances of survival.

Published 23 Sep 2020, 13:40 IST
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