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Complete Valorant map guide for Bind: Callouts, strategies, more

Published: 16/Jun/2020 0:08 Updated: 16/Jun/2020 16:36

by Bill Cooney


As you play Valorant, it quickly becomes apparent how important knowing each of the maps like the back of your hand really is. In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at the ins and outs of Bind.

Bind has two Reactor Sites, the same as Ascent and Split, but what sets it apart is the pair of teleporters that can take players from one end of the map to the other in a flash, which means plenty of surprises on offense and defense.

With that in mind, we’d recommend familiarizing yourself with the Reactor Site locations and map callouts below, since we’ll be referring to them throughout this guide.

You don’t need to have every single callout memorized as long as you know what know the main ones like Showers, Hookah, Market, and a few others mean. As always, remember that it’s better to communicate with your team somehow than to just be a brick wall for the whole match.

Compared to Haven and its three Reactor Sites, Bind presents a much simpler problem to solve for attackers, but it can also be easier to defend on the other side of things. Either way, everyone always has to play both, so let’s take a look at some good offensive setups to start off.

How to play Attack on Bind

Reactor Site A

We’ll begin with the A-Site, which has two main ways to attack: through A Short, and down through A Lobby/Long to Showers. 

Agents headed down Short will want to bring medium to long-range weapons like the Vandal, since once you make it through the alley, you’ll probably have to deal with an enemy up in Heaven all the way across the point.

Over in Showers, short to medium range guns are your best bet, as the room you have to move through in order to reach the Site will most likely involve some close-quarters combat.

Brimstone’s smokes make him a good option for any team attacking A, especially since he can call them down with precision and completely cut off line-of-sight from the sniper position in Heaven.

When it comes to planting on A, if you don’t have control of Heaven of the defender’s side, planting on the attacker’s side of the tall boxes on site, or just on point by the truck is usually a good call for a quick strike.

Reactor Site B

As on A, there are two main ways to access B on offense. Through Market/Link and into B Short to attack the point from the window in Hookah, or B Long, which takes you around by the Teleporter to Showers.

While B Long has some tight spaces towards the point, it’s usually where longer-ranged duels happen. Medium to close-range weapons are well-suited for B Short, where you’ll also have to watch out for enemies coming through the teleporter from A.

Omen can be deadly when attacking B, if you know how to use him to bypass the more troublesome areas to push through and catch defending agents off-guard. When it comes to planting, just inside the Tunnel on the attacker’s side can be covered from the B Long entrance, and if placed directly in front of the box/tunnel, the spike can be covered from Hookah.

How to play as Defender on Bind

Reactor Site A

There are three main areas to keep in mind when playing defense on A Site: Tower/Heaven, Showers, and A Short right up the middle. Tower is arguably the most important spot for defenders on A. From here you can see both showers and A Short, and either take action or inform your team appropriately. The best plan of action is for the player in Tower to cover one entrance, and another player down on the ground covering the other.

If Tower gets smoked out by attackers, you can either drop down onto point if you have no fear of death, or you could take the safer option and go down the ramp and post up in Vents just off the point. Jett’s mobility makes her a great defender on A as she can hop on top of the crates and boxes, but Cypher and his kit can definitely help hold things down as well.

Reactor Site B

On B, players with long to mid-range weapons should cover B Long, but don’t get excited and push so far that you can’t easily retreat behind some cover should the attacking team push your direction with multiple players. Setting up in Hookah is a popular option for covering B Short. A cheeky play is to set up on the boxes in the far corner to take attackers by surprise, but once your position is revealed, you basically become a sitting duck.

A talented Cypher can do some serious damage defending B Site, but Phoenix and Reyna are also good options because of their flashbang abilities, which can make Hookah a very annoying place to push. A trick some teams like to pull is to send a defender through the teleporter from A Short to B Short, but the teleporters are noisy and if you don’t time it right, the enemy will know you’re coming.

This might seem like a lot of info to wrap your head around, especially if you haven’t spent a lot of time playing Valorant or similar games before. But after a few matches, you’ll start to get the hang of things and become more familiar with the maps and how to play on them as you learn.

As we said earlier, communicating with your team is one of the most important things you can do in Valorant, so even if you don’t have every inch of the map memorized, working together and communicating as a team can help make playing both attack and defence a bit simpler when Bind pops up.

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Valorant First Strike: streams, schedule, format

Published: 17/Nov/2020 15:30 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 15:27

by Andrew Amos


Riot are now taking the reins with Valorant esports. First Strike marks Riot’s intentions of taking over the game, after giving community organizers the chance to give players a taste. There’s more on the line than ever before too.

We’ve had a taste of what Valorant esports could look like with the Ignition Series. Now, Riot are looking to up the ante to make sure Valorant sticks around for the years to come.

First Strike comes just months after the game’s release, and it’ll be Riot’s first endeavor operating the game’s esports scene directly. While there’s still community involvement, Riot are taking the reins. So here’s what you need to know about Valorant First Strike, from where to watch, the format, how to enter if you are keen, as well as keeping track of the big winners across the world.

Valorant First Strike: Stream

While there are many regions, you can find all of the First Strike streams in one uniform place ⁠— on the official Valorant Twitch account. 

We’ve embedded the main stream below so that you can easily jump into all the action.

Valorant First Strike: Format

Each First Strike event will feature open qualifiers which lead into regional finals. Any team that meets the requirements are able to sign up and test their mettle to fight their way to the top.

Once the top eight are decided, they’ll be sent off into a regional final across four days ⁠— December 3 to 6. From here, only one will be crowned the First Strike champion, taking away all of the regional bragging rights.

Qualifiers for First Strike will be starting in late October, although not all regions have locked their dates in. This will lead into the regional finals in December. We’ve listed the currently known qualifiers, schedules, and results below.

First Strike will take place across these regions. We’ve included a jump to section to make your lives a little easier…

Jump to section

First Strike: Europe (November 9 – 22)


“Ready up, agents – the first Riot-produced European VALORANT tournament is on the way. VALORANT First Strike: Europe will be an epic test of skill and teamwork, as the best players in the region compete for glory and a share of the $100,000 (€85,000) prize pool.”

  • Open Qualifiers: November 9 to 22, four in total.
    • Top 16 teams from each Open Qualifier will progress to Play-Ins.
    • Top 16 teams from Play-Ins will progress to Playoffs.
    • Top 8 teams in Playoffs will progress to Regional Finals.
      Place Team
      1 – 4th G2 Esports
      Team Liquid
      SUMN FC
      5 – 8th TBD
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: North America (October 26 – November 22)

Valorant First Strike Hub header

“A few weeks ago we announced the first official Riot Games-produced VALORANT tournament, First Strike. Now, here’s how we’ll go from two NA qualifiers to the top 8 teams battling for their share of the $100K prize pool, and the title as first First Strike champion.”

  • NSG Open Qualifier: October 26 to 30:
    • Top 16 teams advance to UMG Open Qualifier.
  • NSG Tournament : November 4 to 8.
    • Top 4 teams advance to VALORANT First Strike Event
    • Next 4 teams advance to the UMG Tournament.
      Place Team
      1st Team Envy
      2nd 100 Thieves
      3rd – 4th Renegades
      5 – 8th Cloud9 Blue
      Complexity Gaming
  • UMG Open Qualifier: November 11 to 15.
    • 12 teams from UMG advance to the second qualifying tournament.
  • UMG Tournament: November 18 to 22.
    • Note: Pool includes 4 teams from NSG Tournament
    • Top 4 teams advance to VALORANT First Strike Event
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6.
    • 8 teams compete for $100K prize pool

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Korea (October 6 – November 22)


“For the first time in Valorant’s history, the massive e-sports competition’First Strike’ is unfolding!

First Strike is a competition hosted and hosted by Riot Games, and is held simultaneously in 9 regions including Korea, North America, Europe, Independent Nations, Turkey, Asia, Oceania, Brazil, and the Middle East. The first regional Valorant championship will be selected and the finals will be concluded with regional finals held from December 3rd to 6th.”

  • Open Qualifiers: October 6 to 28. Four in total. Top 24 teams across all Qualifiers will make Closed Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 6 and 7
    • Open Qualifier 2: October 13 and 14
    • Open Qualifier 3: October 20 and 21
    • Open Qualifier 4: October 27 and 28
  • Closed Qualifier: November 22
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Latin America (November 23 – December 1)

“Riot Games, in conjunction with GGTech, is preparing the first global event in Latin America for VALORANT, with two tournaments planned, one for the North and the other for the South.”

  • Open Qualifiers: November 23 to 26
  • Closed Qualifier: November 28 to December 1
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: CIS (October 22 – November 22)


“Riot Games’ first official VALORANT tournament is just around the corner. VALORANT First Strike: CIS will test your tactical abilities and teamwork skills – the best CIS players will come together in a battle for recognition and a prize fund of 4 million rubles.”

  • Playoffs: November 15 – 22. 32 teams compete, 8 go on to the regional finals.
  • Quarterfinals: December 3 – 4
  • Semifinals: December 5
  • Grand finals: December 6

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Turkey (October 22 – November 22)

“The countdown has begun for the first big VALORANT tournament organized by Riot Games! The best VALORANT players in Turkey, taking the title of first champion to print the names of the ESP will make history in First Strike!”

  • Open Qualifiers: October 22 to November 22. Four in total. Top 8 in each will qualify for Closed Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 22 to 28
    • Open Qualifier 2: November 3 to 8
    • Open Qualifier 3: November 10 to 15
    • Open Qualifier 4: November 17 to 22

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Japan (November 14 – November 22)

Valorant First Strike header

“We are pleased to announce that VALORANT’s first official tournament ‘First Strike’, which will determine the first regional champion, will be held in Japan.”

  • Open Qualifiers: November 14 to November 22. Two in total. Top 4 in each will qualify for First Strike Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 1: November 14 and 15
    • Open Qualifier 2: November 21 and 22

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: MENA (November 1 – November 23)

Valorant Strike Arabia header

“It is time for new legacies, and the road begins with Strike Arabia – the first official VALORANT esports tournament in MENA, and an extension of First Strike, a global event that will showcase the greatest gunplays, ignite the spirit of competition and crown the world’s first ever regional champions.”

  • GCC Qualifier: November 1 to 25. Top 3 teams progress to GCC First Strike Regional Finals.
  • Levant and Egypt Qualifier: November 1 to 24. Top 3 teams progress to Levant and Egypt First Strike Regional Finals.
  • North Africa Qualifier: November 1 to 23. Top 3 teams progress to North Africa First Strike Regional Finals.

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Asia-Pacific (November 8 – December 6)

Valorant First Strike HK TW

APAC is split into five divisions for First Strike with their own regional finals: Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia, and Hong Kong/Taiwan.

  • ESL Thailand First Strike: December 3 to 6.
    • Open Series: October 31. Top 1 progresses to Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 1: November 8 and 9. Top 2 progress to Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 2: November 15 and 16. Top 2 progress to Regional Finals.
  • Mineski VxV Philippines First Strike: December 3 to 6. Top 16 teams, four from each Open Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: November 7.
    • Open Qualifier 2: November 8.
    • Open Qualifier 3: November 14.
    • Open Qualifier 4: November 15.
  • The Gaming Company Malaysia & Singapore First Strike: December 5 and 6.
    • Open Qualifiers: November 22 and 23. Top 8 progress to Regional Finals.
  • ONE Up Indonesia First Strike: December 2 to 6. 16 teams, including 4 invited teams.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 24. Top 4 progress to Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 2: October 31 and November 1. Top 4 progress to Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 3: November 14 and 15. Top 4 progress to Regional Finals.
  • Talon Esports Hong Kong and Taiwan First Strike: December 3 to 6.
    • Open Qualifier 1: November 21 and 22. Top 4 progress to Regional Finals.
    • Open Qualifier 2: November 28 and 29. Top 4 progress to Regional Finals.

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First Strike: Brazil (October 7 – November 15)


“After a few months of development of the professional scenario of VALORANT, with independent championships giving new teams and players the opportunity to develop, and the Ignition Series crowning the best of the best, the time has come to take a step forward. Here comes VALORANT First Strike, the first official VALORANT tournament from Riot Games, and you can be part of this story, if you have a bullet to change!”

  • Open Qualifiers: October 17 to November 8. Four in total. Top 8 in each will qualify for Closed Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 17 and 18
    • Open Qualifier 2: October 24 and 15
    • Open Qualifier 3: October 31 and November 1
    • Open Qualifier 4: November 7 and 8
  • Closed Qualifier: November 14 and 15
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

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First Strike: Oceania (October 24 to November 29)


“There are up to 32 slots up for grabs in Rise of Valour. Joined by Riot’s invited teams, those qualifying will compete with Oceania’s top players in Rise of Valour to be one of the 8 to qualify for First Strike this Summer.”

  • Open Qualifier 1: Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25
  • Open Qualifier 2: Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1
  • Rise of Valour: November 14 to 29. Top 32 teams from Open Qualifiers.
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6.

More information can be found here.

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