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“Broken” Valorant exploit turns Brimstone’s smokes into wall-hacks

Published: 12/Jul/2020 1:47

by Alan Bernal


An exploit with Brimstone can give Valorant players an advantage that is being called “broken” because of how it obscures the attacking Agent.

One-way smokes are found in FPS titles that give a vision-advantage for the person setting up the angle. While most of these lineups play on the concept of obscuring yourself, there have been some instances in which abilities with smoke effects in Valorant give people vision similar to a wall-hack.


The way Brimstone’s smokes were designed, there’s a thin layer where the screen transitions from being obscured by the utility to clear since you’re out of its range. In this layer, the player doesn’t have the clearest vision, but plenty of opportunity to see the other side.

A bug in the same spot for a past Viper glitch during the Valorant beta gives a similar kind of wall-hack capability to Brim, even if using the method isn’t always practical.

Agent Brimstone in Valorant
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Brimstone has highly effective Sky Smokes in Valorant.

“If you are at the right elevation, [this broken Sky Smoke spot] can be done on a lot of spots on different maps,” user ‘MykWan’ said. “Players who walk into the smoke can’t see anything while you can see everything inside and outside the smoke.”

The interaction could play off the Sky Smoke’s surface since it looks like they clear one side of the ability to peek to the other side. This leads to a situation where the opposing player is pushing on a smoked area in which there isn’t anyone readily visible.

Regardless, other than the typical advantages for one-way smokes, using this technique “blocks off Phoenix flashes and Sova Recon Darts because you are registered as being inside the smoke,” according to the player.


Broken one way brim smoke from VALORANT

The video they linked shows just how potent this can be in its application. However, one of the impractical parts of the exploit is that it generally requires a smoke near an elevated platform which can easily tip off opponents that a player could be lurking behind it.

But with this method, even being obvious in its delivery, can still net Brim the chance to get the first pick or avoid important utility for a team trying to execute on a site.

Riot Games have been clamping down on things that could potentially influence the competitive integrity of Valorant, so stay tuned to see if/when they patch this out.


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
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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:

  • 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.