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Game-changing Viper exploit lets her wall off entire Valorant map

Published: 4/Sep/2020 8:50

by Brad Norton

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Viper mains may have a new trick up their sleeves until the next Valorant patch as a game-changing exploit has been uncovered, allowing the agent to block off all of Bind.

Viper has long been labeled one of the least effective agents in Valorant. With an exceedingly low pick-rate in competitive play and official tournaments, it’s rare that her abilities trump those of other agents.

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However, an insanely powerful exploit has just been uncovered for the Controller agent. She can block off lines of sight across the entirety of Bind. Typically, her Toxic Screen ability only extends for a set distance before coming to an end. This trick has it stretching across a full map though.

It can only be done on Bind, and it can only be properly setup while on defense. However, you can keep it in your back pocket for an attacker post-plant. Here’s what you need to look out for.

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If you’re playing on Bind, her Toxic Screen can surprisingly be sent through teleporters. While the minimap shows the ability coming to an end the same distance as usual, it actually restarts the length once the ability comes through the teleporter.

This means that you can sit outside of showers before the round begins, then launch the Toxic Screen and cutoff the entire map. Both A and B will be split in half as the poisonous wall remains up. Technically, Viper can assist teammates at B long while still sitting on the objective near A site.

This obviously comes with its pros and cons, though. While it’s extremely powerful, it can also come as a hindrance if your team is trying to scout on defense. It also gives Agents like Phoenix more opportunities to launch his flashes through the toxic surface.

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This Viper trick can only be executed on Bind due to the map’s teleporters.

While an assortment of abilities are able to push through the teleporter and work just fine, this appears to be an unintended bug. Riot is yet to respond to the issue, but there’s a good chance we see this phased out in the next patch.

If Bind comes up in rotation, be sure to keep an eye out for the niche Viper pick. She might just put a stop to your plans before they even get going.

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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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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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