Valorant's anti-cheat has been the subject of controversy but also seems to its job well. A Riot Games developer announced that just under 9,000 accounts were banned and then proceeded to dunk on them in a followup tweet.
Vanguard, the anti-cheat Valorant uses, has been criticised for having elevated privileges and running 24/7 in the past but Riot Games gave the players the ability to turn it off while not in the game. It seems like this change didn't impact Vanguard's performance that much since the latest ban wave took the accounts of 8,873 cheaters .
While such a high number of people willing to cheat during a game's beta is interesting on its own, the actual treat came with Phillip Koskinas' tweet that was a followup to the announcement.
For those unacquainted, Koskinas works on Riot Games' anti-cheat measures and tends to post fairly creative announcements regarding the work and other League of Legends or Valorant related things.
In the case of the Valorant cheaters, it appears that a gaggle of them were discussing unsavoury topics on Discord. At some point, one of them thought it might not be a good idea to talk about such things openly due to the possibility of Koskinas' proverbial eavesdropping. With the bans being rolled out, Riot's employee took to Twitter to confirm the cheater's suspicions by posting a screenshot of the discussion .
Some colourful language was used so we will not be embedding it here. While salting one's wounds is not something we enjoy seeing, it is cheaters we are talking about here. Besides, all that salt from losing Valorant accounts shouldn't go to waste.