What is 9-3 Curse in Valorant? [Explained]

Have you ever experienced winning the first half of the game at 9-3, but your opponents staged a comeback? Then you've experienced the 9-3 curse in Valorant.

Updated on Jan 07, 2024
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What is 9-3 Curse in Valorant? [Explained]

The "9-3 curse" in Valorant is a term used when a match's first half ends with a score of 9-3, and then the team that was initially losing makes a comeback, and ultimately wins the game.

Though there's no concrete evidence of a curse when the first half ends at 9-3, this scenario does occur fairly often, regardless if we are talking about Bronze 1 or Radiant games.

Here are some possible reasons why the 9-3 curse is happening:

  • In the first half of the game, Valorant players tend to push the map when they are on the attacking side and hold the site when they are on the defending side.

  • If you're good at attacking a site, there's a high chance to end the half at 9-3. However, there is a high possibility that if you get used to pushing your enemies, the enemy team will win every single round, causing the 9-3 curse.

  • Or, the enemy team got their groove in the next round, just in time to make a comeback.

Just always remember that the first round and the first half of the match are as important as the second half. After all, you can win the game by winning 13 rounds, not just nine rounds.

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How to Avoid the 9-3 Curse in Valorant?

Although the 9-3 curse is just a theory created by Valorant players, it's still important not to relax, even if you are leading the game. To prevent the 9-3 curse in Valorant, consider the following tips:

  • First, be critical of yourself and analyze the playstyle of your teammates and the enemy team, especially if you are solo queuing. This introspection and analysis can be a game-changer.
  • Use your agent’s abilities effectively, whether you're on the defending or attacking side, to support your team's efforts to win.
  • Lastly, it's crucial to practice both attacking and defending sides. Being consistent in using your agent can significantly contribute to your team's success and help avert the 9-3 curse to effectively rank up in Valorant (or even double rank up).
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