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All Agent buffs & nerfs from Valorant Patch 1.07

Published: 1/Sep/2020 18:30

by Andy Williams

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Valorant’s Patch 1.07 brought with it a host of nerfs and buffs to Agents that will likely shake up Future Earth’s meta. Let’s take a look at all the changes and what they mean.

One of the most difficult things about a character-based tactical shooter like Valorant, is getting the Agent balancing right. Every two weeks, Riot releases a patch in which they continually fine-tune Agents to reflect community feedback.

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And Patch 1.07 is a whopper… Arguably the biggest since Valorant’s launch patch. In line with Riot’s Act-based strategy to introduce new Agents, Killjoy was added during Patch 1.05. Ever since, the German Sentinel has shaken up the landscape in a big way.

So it should come as no surprise that the September 1’s patch is all about tweaking Killjoy (and other Agents) to balance the meta. Let’s dive right into all of the changes, and what they could potentially mean for Valorant’s meta moving forward.

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Valorant update 1.07: Agent changes

Killjoy

The biggest change to Killjoy’s arsenal comes to her Nanoswarm deployable. Combining both the brief windup phase and the reduced damage-per-second (reduced by 1/3, down from 60 to 40), the grenade should be a lot less lethal than before.

In addition, it will be much easier to spot (and therefore destroy) a Nanoswarm grenade in and around Reactor Sites. The update to the Nanoswarm’s visuals means that Killjoy won’t be as overpowered in post-plant scenarios.

To top things off, the Sentinel’s Turret will no longer be revealed by Sova’s Recon Bolt — meaning that he’ll be no use as a direct counter towards Killjoy, since previously, gaining intel on her Turret’s whereabouts would likely dictate which Reactor site you wanted to attack.

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Sage

Future Earth’s resident medic has received yet another nerf, with a partial buff. Her self-heal has been reduced from 100 HP over five seconds to 60 HP over 10 seconds, in a bid to reduce the net amount of healing done by deterring Sage from being able to heal herself with little to no consequence on the next heal.

The overall spread of Sage’s Slow Orb has been reduced by 30%, meaning that holding off a push from enemies will be much harder. Typically, Sage could deploy her Barrier Orb in instances where the Slow was ineffective. But a fortification nerf means that for the first three seconds, her wall no forms at 400 HP… Making it easier to destroy straight after use. So no more solo Reactor Site holds from Sage.

Breach

Breach was dominant in the Closed Beta. But a series of Agent adjustments has rendered the Initiator relatively underpowered when compared with others. But giving the Bionic Swede an extra Flashpoint charge, he’ll have a far greater impact when attempting to dissect his opponents’ Reactor Site setups.

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Combine the Flashpoint buff with the fact that his Concussion now forces enemies to de-scope their weapon (and prevents them from re-scoping), Breach will be a crucial Agent when countering Operators who hold a passive angle.

Viper

While Viper’s changes aren’t a direct buff, they will certainly have an impact on her viability. The ability to now place her Toxic Screen during the pre-round phase will ensure that if it’s being used to set up a push for map control, she’ll also be able to join her allies on the frontline, instead of having to play catch-up after deploying her emitters.

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Viper’s decay will no longer affect her teammates, which previously rendered teammates almost useless when inside Viper’s Pit. Since the area of Viper’s Put will also now been shown on the minimap and they no longer have to worry about the HP decay, players will be able to strategically use it to their benefit.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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