Why Playing Against Smurfs Feels So Bad

Posted by Steve

Monday, June 26, 2023 10:07 AM

Why playing against smurfs feels so bad (it's not just skill diff)

The Frustration of Playing Against Smurfs

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being completely outmatched in a game of Valorant. It's a frustrating experience that can leave players feeling helpless and even discouraged.

The True Source of the Frustration

In a recent Reddit post by user al_to_the_val, the author suggests that the frustration of playing against smurfs isn't just due to the skill difference between players. Instead, the author argues that the true source of the frustration is the power imbalance that comes with playing against an experienced player who is purposefully playing at a lower rank.

Understanding the Power Imbalance

The power imbalance that the author is referring to is the sense that the playing field is not level. Smurfs have an unfair advantage because they have a deeper understanding of the game and better mechanical skills. That advantage can completely undermine the hard work and skill of other players who are trying to climb the ranks. The author speculates that this power imbalance is what makes playing against smurfs feel so much worse than playing against players who are simply better.

The Fixation on Smurfs

As Reddit user BigHarryPotterFan7 points out in the comments on al_to_the_val's post, there seems to be a disproportionate fixation on smurfs in the Valorant community. So why is that? Why are smurfs such a hot topic?

The Role of Smurfs in the Community

One possible reason for the fixation on smurfs is that they can have a significant impact on the community as a whole. Smurfs can discourage other players from continuing to play the game, resulting in a less healthy and less engaged player base. Additionally, players may be more inclined to talk about smurfs than other issues because it's a problem that they can see directly in their own games. Whatever the reason, it's clear that the issue of smurfing is one that has many players feeling frustrated and even angry.


Playing against smurfs can be a frustrating experience. While it's easy to attribute that frustration to a simple difference in skill, the truth is that the power imbalance that comes with playing against a more experienced player is what makes it so difficult to deal with. As the Valorant community continues to grapple with the issue of smurfing, it's important to remember the impact that smurfs can have on the community as a whole and to work towards finding solutions that create a more level playing field for all players.


  • https://www.reddit.com/r/VALORANT/comments/14ixmm1/why_playing_against_smurfs_feels_so_bad_its_not/
  • https://reddit.com/14ixmm1

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