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FFA Deathmatch coming to Valorant in Patch 1.05

Published: 3/Aug/2020 16:00

by Andy Williams

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The wait is over! Riot have announced that a dedicated FFA Deathmatch will be coming to Valorant in Episode 1: Act 2, on August 5. Here’s everything you need to know about the game mode.

Ever since the closed beta, players have been urging Riot to create a dedicated Deathmatch mode, akin to that found in the likes of CS:GO and Overwatch. And merely two months into the game’s lifecycle, the development team have answered players’ prayers.

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FFA Deathmatch launching in Act 2

While Spike Rush grants players a faster-paced alternative to the traditional Spike Defuse, players often prefer to warm-up their aim in preparation for the main event. Yes, The Range offers a convenient way to test your static aim on bots, but a more dynamic alternative would allow players to put everything to the test.

Enter FFA Deathmatch. Releasing as part of the Act 2 patch on August 5, the mode will be perfect for players looking to play a less tactical version of Valorant. So how will it work? Let’s delve into the nitty-gritty.

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Reyna defusing Spike with Raze shooting Showstropper in Valorant.
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No more defusing the Spike, as players will have to focus on securing kills to top the leaderboard.

How FFA Deathmatch works in Valorant

10-player matches. No abilities. An infinite supply of Creds. If you consider yourself a bit of a gunslinger, then FFA Deathmatch will be your stomping ground. The objective? First to 30 kills (or whoever has the most kills after the six-minute time limit).

All players will be able to access the Buy Menu as they spawn, with the ability to buy any weapon. So if you want to practice you one-taps with the Vandal, or your flicks with the Operator, the world’s your oyster.

Speaking of respawning, spawn trapping is out of the question! Players will spawn in locations where their backs are against a wall, aren’t too far from the action, and won’t have enemies within their line of sight. After a death, there will be a three-second delay before respawning and you will be granted eight seconds of invulnerability that will dissipate as soon as you move/fire your weapon.

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Marksman: players will be rewarded for being a sharpshooter in Deathmatch.

UAVs, Health Packs & kill banners

Your minimap is your best friend. The radar will sweep every five seconds and reveal the location of all players at that time… So Duelists rejoice, as there will be no more corner camping!

What about health? You’ll spawn with full health and Heavy Armor. If you eliminate an enemy, they’ll drop a Health Pack which will expire after 10 seconds. Running over the Health Pack will instantly restore you to full health and armor.

You’ll also be able to earn kill banners for your trouble. These are designed to provide recognition for going on a killing spree. Each of these banners are timed-based, meaning that there’s a limited window of time to secure another kill for your streak to continue. Got a triple in quick succession? There’s a banner for that.

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Abilities are gone and campers are out. Players will rely solely on gun skill to best their opponent.

Every man for themselves, with the sole objective to frag out. The more kills you get, the more XP you earn — roll on those Battlepass rewards! You can opt to leave a game at any stage, but if you bow out early, your XP will be scrapped.

With the addition of this game mode, as well a plethora of community-driven cosmetics in the Act 2 Battlepass, Riot are really honing in on player feedback to fine-tune Valorant to be the best it can be. Here’s to fraggin’ out in Future Earth.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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

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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:

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  • 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.

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