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First look at Valorant’s new map ‘Ascent’ revealed

Published: 31/May/2020 16:34

by Andy Williams

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While all the focus was on Valorant’s new Agent, Reyna, we have also just caught the first live-action glimpse of Ascent, and we can pinpoint its exact location thanks to a leaked version of the map overview.

Reyna stole the show as part of Riot Games’ big reveal on May 30, which gave us our first look at Valorant’s eleventh Agent poised to join the fold.

While all the attention was averted to the Mexican character and her soul-absorbing abilities, another big reveal was left right in front of our eyes — a fourth map, rumored to be called Ascent.

Valorant's Ascent.
Riot Games
Ascent has been teased by Riot before. Here is an Agent shooting from Gelato through Courtyard and towards Switch, per the leaked map overview.

Riot have confirmed that a new map will be coming for launch, but up until this point, we didn’t know what to expect. But Reyna’s gameplay trailer has revealed a little more than expected.

If you join the dots between the trailer and map overview (divert your attention Reactor Site B), you’ll see that Reyna starts off by aiming down B-Main. After landing the kill on Cypher, she falls back to Switch where she takes out Breach and another in Courtyard.

Here’s the full overview of the map Ascent:

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Shortly after, she transitions to Anchor before dispatching of two more Agents that run just outside of Courtyard to secure the team ace.

While this might be the first bit of gameplay that we have seen on Ascent, the Riot has previously teased the map during one of their developer updates.

If you cross-reference the radar in the top-left of the screenshot below with the leaked map overview, you can see that the developers were in fact located in the Defender’s Spawn area of the map.

Dev update teasing Ascent.
Riot Games
Riot were showcasing Valorant’s 128-tick servers when they previewed a snippet of Ascent.

Of course, while this is all pretty concrete evidence to suggest that Ascent will be the next map to be added at launch, who’s to say that Riot don’t have another trick up their sleeve?

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Movistar Riders drop Valorant pro for cheating in an official match

Published: 17/Jan/2021 17:01 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 17:22

by Joe Craven

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Spanish esports organization Movistar Riders have released Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca from their professional Valorant roster for using cheats during an LVP Rising Series qualifier. 

Professional Valorant is very much still finding its feet, with a plethora of new talents joining ex-CS:GO pros in the esports world of Riot’s new FPS. 

Movistar Riders are not necessarily a household name in Valorant, yet, but are one of the many esports organizations that have joined the game’s competitive landscape. 

However, their time in Valorant esports has now been marred by a cheating controversy, which has seen them part ways with one member of their roster. 

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Professional Valorant looks to have a bright future.

A January 17 statement from Movistar confirmed that Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca has been released with immediate effect, after being found to be using cheats in a January 16 match. 

The statement explains that, following on from a game in the LVP Rising Series, a number of the team’s players informed their manager of suspicious behavior and gameplay on the part of rapaztriste. 

Subsequently, an investigation was launched with the help of LVP and Riot Games, and Fonseca was found to be “using resources not allowed within the game to gain a competitive advantage.” In other words, using illegal cheats. 

“As a response from the club, the player is no longer part of Movistar Riders,” the statement finishes. “From here, we want to apologize to LVP and Riot for what happened and thank them for their speed and their availability to find a solution to the problem. Of course, we also want to extend our sincere apologies to all Valorant fans and tournament participants.” 

Fans were, quite understandably, frustrated with the player’s behavior, but glad to see the swift action taken by his organization. 

The remainder of the roster remains unchanged: 

  • Carlos ‘scarx’ Sanchez
  • Maks ‘kamyk’ Rychlewski
  • Mihály ‘Tishler’ Kállai
  • Michael ‘mikigoalie’ Buzek

It’s currently unclear who Movistar will look to sign to fill the vacant position left by rapaztristre.