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First look at new Valorant map ‘Ascent’ shown in Riot developer update

Published: 13/Apr/2020 22:08

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Games apparently gave us our first official peek at a new Valorant map called Ascent in the background of a recent developer update video.

Devs have already confirmed that Valorant will be getting a fourth map – in addition to Haven, Bind, and Split – before the end of the game’s beta period.

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After datamined information was shared on Reddit that revealed the new stage’s mini-map as well as the name “Ascent,” we got our first look at the map proper in a video from Riot on April 13.

Timestamp in the below video at 2:45 for mobile viewers.

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The apparent shots of Ascent are only shown for a few seconds altogether, but the brief shots we do get of the map doesn’t look like any other stage in Valorant right now.

Combine this with the fact that the mini-map in the top left of the dev video is a dead ringer for the one datamined previously, and it would certainly seem that we’re indeed looking at the back of the defender’s spawn on Ascent.

How do we know it’s the defender’s spawn we’re looking at, you may be asking? Their spawn rooms will always be closer to the points to allow for set up of defences during the buy phase.

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At first glance Ascent seems to be more like Split or Bind with only two points of attack, compared to the three points on Haven. There’s sure to be some kind of unique gimmick or feature that will set it apart from the other three maps, but it’s hard to tell what it could be from just the shots in the video.

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The datamined mini-map for ‘Ascent’ is an exact match for the stage used in the dev update.

Along with a mini-map, various textures including scaffolding and construction equipment were also datamined from the game’s files.

As we said, the map is only shown for a good few seconds and even then, it’s only the back of the defender’s spawn, but in the right-hand corner very briefly, you can definitely see some construction scaffolding, just like the leak said.

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The map will be Italian themed and set in the city of Venice, just like Rialto is in Overwatch, with models for gondola boats, pizza shops, street lamps, and more already mined.

A lot of Valorant’s promo art and pre-beta trailers feature images of a Venice-looking backdrop, so to have a map set in the Italian city would make a lot of sense.

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Riot has indicated it would like to bring Valorant out of Beta for a full release sometime this Summer, with two more agents and the new map arriving before then.

Exactly when we’ll see the new map remains unknown, but if developers are already teasing us with shots like this, a release date for Ascent probably isn’t too far off.

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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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