17 May 2021 3:21 PM +00:00 UTC

Riot Dev Responds to Shroud's Request For 5-Stack VALORANT Teams To Play Together

A Riot Games developer has confirmed that they are working on adding a dedicated five-player competitive queue to VALORANT after Twitch streamer Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek requested the feature.

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Credit: Riot Games / Shroud - Twitch.Tv

Since update 2.02, players have been able to queue with up to four other players until they hit the rank of Diamond 3 or above, but if you're above that rank, you ca only queue alongside one other person in your friend's list, so it's no wonder that the state of competitive VALORANT has been a hot topic of discussion among players. High-profile players like Spencer 'Hiko' Martin and Shroud have expressed their frustrations about Riot's decision to limit 5-stacks in higher ranks. Shroud called the lack of five-played queues "hot garbage" and Hiko called ranked queue a "coin flip".

On Twitter, Shroud shared his frustrations about the ranked system, and VALORANT senior competitive designer Jon 'EvrMoar' Walker confirmed that they are working on a system to allow five-player teams to compete together without the current limitations.


"I'm working on a way for 5 stacks to play together competitively, we agree we want something," he explained. "We are also talking about short-term solutions, while we work on the bigger system."

Later, Walker responded to TSM Apex Legends content creator MacKenzie "Albraelelie' Beckwith, who asked if the new system would be like League of Legends' flex queue, which works on a separate ranked ladder dedicated to team play.

"It's definitely something that comes up in talks," Walker said. "Right now we are trying to see if there are better options. Our main concern is that one ranked playlist becomes the real 'ranked' mode. We will probably try a few other things first, [but] we don't have plans for it currently."

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Would you like to see a separate queue for 5-player teams in VALORANT or do you think they should just allow players to 5-stack in the main competitive queue? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.