Killer Instinct Gaming has had an incredible first season for their Valorant team. Just under two months ago, KIG launched not only its first Valorant team but it’s first competitive team ever. With the leadership of Conradskii and Th3ree as Co-Captains, it has been a huge journey. From the first game to the last, we have seen incredible maturity of this team. Noir has led most of the season with highest combat average along with kills. Th3ree and Triamphay has provided much needed assist in each fight.
What are the Valorant maps?
Valorant is a 5v5 tactical shooter created by Riot Games. So far there are five maps with one objective: planting or defending against a bomb (called a “spike”).
The six playable maps are called Bind, Haven, Split, Ascent, Icebox, and Breeze. There is also a shooting range where you can sharpen your aim or practice simulated situations like defending a spike you planted.
Each map also has two ultimate orbs in neutral locations that teams can try to grab. The orb grants one point the ultimate of the agent who picked it up.
Another general thing to note is that some walls and terrain can be fired through. As a rule of thumb, anything that leaves a bullet hole can be penetrated.
In this article, we’ll give you quick overviews for each map and their points of interest.
Bind is a two site map (A and B) that has attackers infiltrating from a beach coast.
Site A is accessible through an alleyway in the middle of the map called “short A” or through a building’s hallway called, “showers”.
Site B is accessible by a path along the beach called “long B” or through a marketplace and window called “hookah”.
A unique aspect of this map is that there are two one-way teleporters. One teleporter takes you from long B to the attacker’s side of showers. The other takes you from short A to the attacker’s side of hookah.
These allow both attackers and defenders alike to quickly rotate or flank the opposing team.
The teleporter is incredibly noisy so it is somewhat risky to do so if your enemies are expecting it. You can also throw projectiles, drones, and guns through teleporters.
One ultimate orb can be found inside the showers while the other is at long B right in front of the teleporter.
For an in-depth look, check out our advanced Bind guide!
Haven is a three site map (A, B, C), which is also its unique aspect as most bomb/defusal maps in FPS games tend to be two sites.
Site A is accessible through an L-shaped’ alleyway called “long A” or through an underground passage called “sewers” (A-short).
As expected, long A is more suited for long-ranged engagements while the sewers will bring close quarter combat.
Site B is accessible through a window which leads into an outdoor courtyard. The courtyard also leads to a set of doors called “garage” which allows attackers to wrap around to Site B.
The garage also acts as a connector to Site C, so attackers that make it through can threaten both B and C.
The other entry point to Site C is through a straight alleyway called “long C”. Long C has a cubby partway through so attackers can use smokes to advance safely.
The two ultimate orbs can be found at Site A outside of long A or at Site C outside of long C.
For an in-depth look, check out our advanced Haven guide by Activ!
Split was added as of the first day of closed beta. Its two sites are on the far left and right sides of the map with a middle area that provides high ground dominance.
The unique mechanic here is that there are ropes that allow players to quickly ascend or descend quietly – you can find them at A Sewer, B Rafters, and Mid Vent.
The ultimate orbs can be found at at A main and within B main, also known as the garage.
These are just a few examples off the maps that could be presented tonight. Yes, you read that correctly, KIG will be in the playoffs in their first season. Game will begin at approx 9 pm est abasing Trivec Gaming. You can watch on the main KIG twitch channel.