Epic Valorant skin idea gives Phoenix a zombified new look

Published: 25/May/2020 17:48

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant Agent skins may not be coming to the game any time soon, but that hasn’t stopped fans and artist from reimagining the colorful cast of characters in entirely new ways in the form of concepts.

One such new skin idea comes from Redditor Noblebatterfly in the form of an undead zombie-like molten rock appearance for Phoenix, the game’s fire-based Agent.

With this skin, Phoenix has what appears to be lava emerging from out of his chiseled chest while his jacket is open.

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Phoenix has a variety of fire-based abilities.

Speaking of his jacket, the sharp-looking eggshell white blazer has been replaced with a burgundy one with sharp orange sleeves and collar.

Moving to Phoenix’s upper body, his face has some rough-looking scars and his eyes have been morphed from a tint of yellow to burning red.

u/Noblebatterfly posted this skin to Reddit.


To cap it all off, his hair now appears to be made of stone with magma emerging from out of it.

The skin itself is quite impressive and would suit the character of Phoenix quite well, but it’s unlikely that any custom skins will be available in Valorant for the foreseeable future.

The reason for the lack of skins is likely due to not wanting players to get confused as to which agent they’re in a firefight against. In the heat of battle, knowing that your opponent could suddenly activate one of their special moves definitely provides a bit of an advantage, but that only works if you know who you’re facing.

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Hopefully Valorant gets some real skins in the future.

However, for unranked play, it would be fun if Riot Games reconsiders and decides to dip their toes into allowing Agent skins in addition to weapon skins.

As Dexerto previously reported, one way of implementing skins could be as simple as adding “casual” attire and keeping color schemes consistent with their original designs to avoid as much confusion as possible.

Until then, fans and artist are our best way to see Valorant’s Agents in completely new lights.


Valorant Red Bull Home Ground dates announced

Published: 20/Jan/2021 20:29

by Alan Bernal


The Red Bull Home Ground invitational is going to introduce a new format to typical Valorant events, as the tournament will pitt some of Europe’s best teams for the first time in 2021.

There’s going to be £24,000 (about $29,000) up for grabs throughout the event, and will be a chance for audiences to see how teams have been getting along with Riot’s Valorant Champions Tour circuit just around the corner.

But the Red Bull tournament organizers have something fresh to bring to the way Valorant tournaments are structured. The event’s namesake will bring a new way of looking at ‘home field advantage’ in the esport.

We break down exactly how each stage for Home Ground by Red Bull will go own, including how you can keep up with the action as it unfolds.

Red Bull Home Ground dates and schedule

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The Red Bull Home Ground is bringing a twist to regular Valorant events.

Though early 2021 has been sort of quiet for competitive Valorant, that’s all going to change come the end of the month.

The event will span the last few weekends starting with the eighth team open qualifier on January 23rd – 24th, with the main event kicking off January 28th – 31st.

Expect a ton of action on both weekends, as it all builds to Championship Sunday on January 31st to see who takes the lion’s share of the prize money.

Red Bull Home Ground teams

The Red Bull Home Ground is going to invite six EU heavy hitters “with a mystery special guest to be announced” making up the seventh team.

An open qualifier (see Format) will determine the eight and final team to participate in the Home Ground invitational.

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Red Bull Home Ground format

In the opening weekend, a field of 64 teams through open registration will fight it out in Best of 1’s on Saturday 23d. The field will be cut into eight teams, four from the invite list and four trying to qualify.

The Semis and Grand Final of the open qualifier will include the Home Ground Best of 5 to determine the team.

Then we move onto the second weekend, and this is where the Home Ground invitational gets interesting. The main event, January 28th – 31st, will feature a Best of Five format for all fixtures. However, teams will have to earn the right to extend a series by winning their respective ‘Home Ground.’

Each team will pick their strongest map pick as their ‘home ground.’ In the Bo5, these two home ground maps will be played first.

If a team wins their home ground AND the opponent’s home ground, the series is over, 2-0. To prevent this, if a team wins a home ground and the opponent responds with a win on a homeground, then the series is tied at 1-1 and we continue like normal in the Bo5.

This will apply to every match fixture in the bracket on the final weekend.

Dexerto will be updating this page as more information is released, and as the action unfolds during the Red Bull Home Ground invitational.