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Amputee’s one-handed Valorant setup goes viral

Published: 4/Sep/2020 18:07

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant can be one of the most complicated PC games on the market, requiring some pin-point aiming in conjunction with being able to time abilities on the spot to get their maximum value. While this may seem daunting, it was a challenge that a congenital amputee was hungry to take on.

In a post on Reddit that has since gone viral, the appropriately named BionicGamer323 revealed the setup he uses to play Valorant and dominate the competition.


BionicGamer323 has a residual limb, more commonly known as a “stump” as his left arm while he’s able to use his right hand normally on the mouse.

“Using my stump on the keyboard always feels like a ball rolling on different keys close to each other,” he explained in the comments. “Whenever I start playing a new game, I always try to configure most of the keys in a small radius that includes Q-W-E-R-A-S-D-F-Z-X-1-2-3-Shift and Tab.”


Hi! I’m a congenital amputee and this is how I play Valorant on PC with one arm and a stump! More details in the comments 🙂 from VALORANT

As you can see in the video, the gamer is able to move around quite easily. If it wasn’t for the “hand cams,” you would have no idea that he had a residual limb.

This didn’t come easy, however. He further explained that over the years, his “nub has developed excellent muscle memory to hit these exact keys without looking.”

So, while moving around in-game isn’t a problem, using abilities and getting the most out of agents could be. Luckily, he uses a special mouse that gives him easy access to all the tools he needs on his right hand.

Amputee plays Valorant
BionicGamer’s setup lets him play with one hand and a “stump”

BionicGamer’s Logitech mouse has a whopping five extra buttons that he can configure to whatever he wants. “It gives me incredible control over complex games like Fortnite, Valorant, etc. and I can call myself a semi-pro player!”

In the video he shared, you can see how he uses the additional buttons for jumping, abilities, Ultimates and more.

The setup has paid dividends too. The Valorant player is currently Silver 1, so clearly he’s more than capable of playing the game, winning rounds and leading his team to victory.

BionicGamer's Valorant rank
BionicGamer is Silver ranked.

While this may seem great for now, BionicGamer is looking to get a bionic arm and is running a fundraiser to help get one.

It just goes to show that with a little practice, even complex games such as Valorant can be enjoyed by anyone.


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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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:

  • 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.