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Game-breaking Valorant exploit lets Reyna phase under Haven map

Published: 30/Jun/2020 21:05 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 1:59

by Alan Bernal

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June 30 Update (6:00pm PT): Haven has been disabled in Competitive queues while Riot works on a fix for the exploit. It’s expected Haven will be re-enabled after 24 hours.

“We were made aware of an exploit on Haven and disabled it in the competitive queue while we ship a fix overnight. It’ll come back into the rotation as soon as we’re confident it’s fixed,” devs said on Twitter.

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An exploit in Valorant has been discovered that lets Reyna phase under Haven’s large metal platform to plant the spike and wallbang nearby opponents without a reasonable counter.

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The hard-carry Agent has an ability kit that contains all she needs to hunt down every member of the opposing side. One of those tools is called “Dismiss,” which lets the Duelist become ‘intangible’ after absorbing a soul orb.

But user ‘TwaiseReddit’ showed how this ability can lend itself to a strange interaction on Haven where Reyna can use Dismiss to get under the map near the C site.

It’s a straightforward exploit where all she has to do is use her E (Dismiss) near the obstruction and she can crouch her way in there. After doing that, she can plant the spike in a position where the other team can’t reach, shoot from inside a spot where she can’t be seen, or take refuge in a place where no one can readily see her.

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{EXPLOIT} Game-Breaking Reyna Exploit on HAVEN from VALORANT

 

In the clip above, the player was able to veer away from Sage’s crosshair by safely hiding in the platform until an ally could work on a flank. This is one of the various strategies that could be used with something like this, from setting up bomb sites to taking untradeable fights.

An interaction like this wouldn’t be an intended mechanic that Riot Games would want for Reyna. In fact, her kit has seen similar problems like this in Valorant before.

People have found that Dismiss can also lead to the Agent being stuck inside other player’s character models. That glitch is basically at play here as well, but instead of it being a detriment, it could be a streamlined way of securing a round for someone using it as a focal point of their game plan.

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Reyna can Dismiss under the C site platform in Valorant.

The existence of this exploit on Haven has made others wonder if the same could be done in other maps, like on the secondary metal container on Bind’s B site, but nothing has come of that just yet.

In the meantime, the Valorant community is expecting Riot Games to come in with a fix or at least address the problem so that Reyna players don’t abuse the exploit in games.

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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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