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First look at Valorant’s ranks and badges for competitive

Published: 3/Apr/2020 19:57 Updated: 4/Apr/2020 9:40

by Bill Cooney


The official rank names and badges for the different levels of Valorant’s competitive mode have been revealed, and they look like they’ll give us plenty of opportunities to progress.

Riot’s upcoming team-based FPS is easily the most-hyped unreleased title of 2020 at the moment, and with the closed beta launching April 7, players are chomping at the bit for any information about the new game.


Ahead of the closed beta release, streamers and content creators were finally allowed to show pre-recorded footage of Valorant on April 3, and the floodgates for details on the game were opened.

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Valorant’s closed beta kicks off on April 7.

One of the reveals from Friday was the names and badges for the different levels in Valorant’s ranked mode, which, at first glance, already look more in-depth than a game like Overwatch, for example.


Valorant will come with seven total ranks for players to try and work their way up, with the lowest starting at Mercenary, followed by Soldier, Veteran, Hero, Legend, Mythic, and Immortal.

Each station has three different divisions you’ll have to progress through in order to be promoted to the next one, similar to Riot’s League of Legends. Unlike in LoL though, where the top ranks only have one tier, the highest levels in Valorant still seem to have different stages within them.

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The ranks, names, and badges coming to Valorant’s competitive mode.

It makes sense that Valorant’s ranking system would look similar to League’s, since both games are made by the same company, and like LoL, players will have to play a certain number of unranked games to get their initial placement.


While we’ve had our first look at the different ranks themselves, we still don’t have any word on what kind of level decay or possible MMR resets that could happen, but going off of the League example, both are definitely possibilities.

What we do know is that Riot are clearly geared towards pushing the competitive side of the game right off the bat, laying the groundwork for what will more than likely turn into a path to pro.

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Where will you end up in Valorant? The only way to find out is to try it out (when you can).

Make sure to check out our early-access gameplay for in-depth guides on how to play each Agent that’s available on day one, including their abilities and the best way to use them.


Of course, you can try out the game’s beta version prior to the full launch, just make sure to link your Riot ID to your Twitch account and watch specified streams tagged with ‘Drops Enabled‘ on the platform to put your name in the hat. You will receive a notification on Twitch if you’re one of the lucky players selected to take part in the closed beta.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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:

  • 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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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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:

  • 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.