Duo Queue vs Five-Man Queue In Valorant

Duo queue vs. Five-Man queue in Valorant: what’s the difference? Here’s some wisdom coming from a Platinum 2 player.

If you’re like me, you often find that playing alone with randoms isn’t much fun. You head into competitive matches to find that your teammates don’t have microphones, they’re toxic, or they don’t listen. Either way, you end up going to the Valorant Discord in hopes of more cooperative allies.


However, you won’t need to do test runs because I’m going to tell you what will happen instead. When you first arrive in the Valorant Discord, you might be thinking, “Let’s join a group,” or “Let’s get a five-man going.”Β  Terrible idea, and here’s why:

  • You don’t know these people.
  • When you queue as a five-man, you go up against other five-man teams (Who most likely have more teamwork than you do).
  • There is a 90% chance the group you just joined is toxic.
  • If you’ve never played with these people before, your teamwork with them will be poor.
  • There’s a high chance of getting “blamers” in a Discord call. That’s bad.

“Well, Johnny, what should I do?”Β  Great question, reader. The answer is Duo Queue, and for good reasons too. Valorant is a new shooter, and it’s only in its first season. That being said, we can’t expect their Ranked System to be flawless. At the moment, Solo Queue is your best option.

When you queue up with more than 3 or 4 in your group, you have a HIGH chance of getting a player who is boosted. Not only that, but they will also put you up against enemies who, nine times out of 10, have way better communication and teamwork. This is not to discourage those who want to play competitively with their friends. This is for those who are looking for good allies and not just players who backseat game in your ear every time they die.

Duo Queue

Why is Duo queue the best, in my opinion? Why not trio queue so you have more people to communicate with, you ask? The reason why I think Duo queue is better is that you only need one more person to full carry.

Here are all the reasons why I think you should Duo queue:

  • You only need one person with good comms to carry the game with.
  • Instead of gambling with randoms, you know you have at least one other good teammate.
  • Since the Ranked System is similar to League of Legends, there’s a higher chance of getting three other decent teammates.
  • Duo queue randoms are 10 x better than pre-made randoms.
  • It’s easy to establish teamwork between one person and not four others.
  • It’s very unlikely that you will get put against higher ranked people.
  • Out of the seven times I’ve duo queued, only two of them were garbage experiences.

Now, this could be luck, but that is unlikely considering how many times it worked for others. Again, I’m not saying trio or five-man queues are terrible if you know the people. If they are friends of yours who work great with you, then everything you just read will mean nothing. This is for those who want to take randoms and turn them into teammates for the future.

The game is going to transition into ACT II on August 5th, so this is a great time to test the waters out with some people! I will be writing about toxic teammates and how to avoid them in future articles.

Johnny Django
Co-founder of Digagami. Johnny Django is a gaming enthusiast with raw-unfiltered opinions who has a major love for the Video Game Community.

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