Valorant has been out for quite some time now, and if there is one thing that has been under the heat. It is definitely the Ranked queue and the community's backlash towards the whole system.
In the past, Riot Games has touched on this issue by making some temporary solutions like adding anonymous options for streamers, punishing players for toxic behaviour through the reporting system in the game and more to ensure a safe-environment for the players.
However, professional Valorant players like Tyson 'TenZ' Ngo and James 'hazed' Cobb have expressed their dislike towards the ranking system in the game. There are numerable instances of AFK players, toxic behaviour, sabotaging the team, and even stream-sniping, which aids in the community's frustration.
Could 5-man stack premade be a potential solution for professional players?
Riot Games have been looking to implement a new way to 5-man stacks, which could be used by competitive players to scrim and potentially steer away from the possibility of having bad teammates. Moreover, TenZ reflected on the same problem by stating the benefits of this premade mode. It would be making a better experience for viewers and allowing streamers to play without the fear of being stream-sniped by some random guy on the internet.
Valorant's Senior Competitive Designer Jon 'EvrMoar' Walker replied to TSM Dazed tweet and confirmed the possibility of having a different premade mode next to the ranked system in the game. He quoted- "We are currently looking into ways 5-stacks can play together competitively."
Valorant being a team-focused shooter, relies on the fundamental quality of teamwork to win/lose matches. Therefore, if the team doesn't play as a unit, it becomes severely problematic for an individual to take down the whole squad of players communicating with each other. Many players barely communicate in-game in the current ranked system, leading to bad plays and costing matches to their teams.
Riot Games always prioritises the community's wishes. Therefore, a different premade mode for professional players should be coming in the future to help them play in a safer and skill-enriched environment to get the best out of themselves.