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All Valorant buffs & nerfs in update 1.04: Raze, Viper and more

Published: 21/Jul/2020 18:41

by Andy Williams


As part of Valorant update 1.04, there were some major changes to both Agent and weapon balancing, so here’s a TL;DR of the tweaks Riot made as part of the July 21 update.

There’s no hiding the fact that Viper has been underwhelming for the most part, following Valorant’s launch. Despite receiving a considerable buff as part of Patch 1.02, the Toxic Controller Agent was still left as one of the least used characters across all skill levels.


Granted, the addition of being able to pierce walls with her emitters made Viper a more viable option, but when compared to the likes of Brimstone, she brought very little to the table. That is, until Patch 1.04, where Riot have given the American Chemist yet another buff, which could mean that Viper will now be a suitable alternative to Brimstone.

While on the topic of the Orbital Commander, both Brimstone and Raze received a considerable nerf, with players now having to graft much harder to earn their Ultimates. Let’s delve into the major changes from the July 21 update.

Raze using Showstopper in Valorant. rocket ultimate
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Valorant Patch 1.04: Agent changes

So what’s new with Viper? Well her Ultimate is now much more powerful, in the sense that being inside the toxic smog not only reduces health, but also obscures your minimap. To top it off, Viper’s near-sight detection has been considerably enhanced and the time permitted outside of the cloud has been increased from five to 12 seconds.

The decay experienced from being exposed to Viper’s poison has also been enhanced (from 10 to 15), while also adding a small 2.5 second buffer before the health regenerates. Additionally, Viper’s fuel reserve will no longer be depleted faster if both Poison Cloud and Toxic Screen are active simultaneously… So overall, Viper has received quite a substantial buff.

On the other side of the fence, both Raze’s Showstopper Ultimate and Brimstone’s Orbital Strike Ultimate has gone from costing six to seven Ultimate Points — reducing the level of impact both have. Oh, not to forget that Cypher’s Cyber Cage can now be picked up and replaced during the buy phase!

Viper using Toxic Screen and Snake Bite on Bind in Valorant.
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Viper could we be a force to be reckoned with after her series of buffs in Patch 1.04.

Valorant Patch 1.04: Weapon changes

It’s all about the Classic in Patch 1.04, with the trusty Sidearm receiving a generous buff to make it more viable in pistol rounds — move aside, Ghost. Running inaccuracy has been reined in, following a bug that was amplifying the running error curve.

Jumping spread has been increased from 1.9 to 2.3, meaning that it’ll be harder for players to jump around the corner and burst fire headshot you now. Moreover, running spread has been reduced from 3.4 to 2.1, which means your shots won’t go skew whiff as often while on the move.

But for players who prefer to be rewarded for their positioning, a 10% bonus to accuracy while crouching/stationary has also been added, to supplement the overall consistency of the Pistol.


So there you have it, all of the big changes from Patch 1.04… While the Classic’s consistency buff will likely shake up the pistol round meta, it’s likely that Raze’s Showstopper will still be as impactful, especially since she can rack up the Ult Points by landing easy kills with her utility.

Although, with that said, combining Viper’s buffs from both 1.02 and 1.04, it is likely that she’ll be used more often, especially on maps like Ascent, where her Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud can be extremely useful.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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:

  • 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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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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:

  • 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.