Gen.G’s newly-announced Valorant roster has entered the competitive scene with a bang, cruising through the upper bracket of T1’s $25K Valorant Invitational to score their first major victory in Riot’s new title.
While Valorant is still early into its Closed Beta period, tournaments have been popping up with great frequency as teams look to get an initial edge on the competition. T1’s $25K Invitational brought together some of the best players across the North American region and the results were closer than ever.
From Team Shroud to the Sentinels, many of the most popular FPS esports veterans collided in the stacked, double-elimination tournament. Here’s how all the action unfolded during the May 4 event.
T1’s Valorant Invitational brought together early frontrunners in the competitive space.
Recap of the T1 Valorant Invitational
The tournament started with a swift set of 2-0 matchups as Gen.G, mouseSpaz, Sentinels, and Team Brax all punched their tickets to the second round in the upper bracket. Team Shroud was among the first to drop into the lower bracket, though they fended off two more opponents before being knocked out by mouseSpaz.
Sentinels only found a single series win throughout the invitational, despite filling the fifth spot on their team with former Apex Legends pro, Dizzy.
Failing to drop a single map throughout the entire upper bracket, however, it was Gen.G that eventually took home the first-place prize in dominant fashion.
The newly announced squad faced some tough competition in Team Brax throughout the Grand Finals, losing the first map in the series. But they closed things out with a 13-11 win in the next map to lock in the top spot.
While a wide array of popular content creators and professional players were in the mix, a hub stream on the T1 Twitch channel kept on top of the action. Hosted by Alex ‘GoldenBoy’ Mendez and Chris ‘Puckett’ Puckett, you can catch up on the full broadcast below.
We’ve also embedded a few individual streams so that you can rewatch from the perspective of your favorite competitors.
2019 Overwatch League MVP, Sinatraa, competed alongside his newly announced Sentinels roster. While CSGO veterans in shroud and Brax, captained their own teams through the event. A full list of competitors can be found below.
Brax, AzK, Crashies, EliGE, Skadoodle
Shroud, n0thing, Hiko, just9n, Relkys
Sinatraa, ShahZaM, SicK, Zombs, Dizzy
Wardell, Subroza, reltuC, drone, hazed
Cp2, Church, JoshRT, BabyJ, winsum
Sonii, StrongLegs, Swisher, Anger, Thief
Kurt, kaboose, witmer, ultra, vow
Effys, MkaeL, Guimond, HUYNH, PLAYER 1
As Valorant continues its Closed Beta, there will be plenty of events for competitive fans to look out for. But it was Gen. G who took the T1 Invitational by storm on the very day of their announcement.
Keep your eyes peeled for future tournaments as the Valorant scene continues to ramp up.
One of the coolest things about Valorant is the range of beautiful and expertly-crafted skins that you can equip to make your weapons stand out. Here’s a rundown of every skin in Riot Games’ FPS, as well as everything you need to know about them.
Valorant has become one of the most popular FPS games in the world. Drawing influence from games like CS:GO and Overwatch, the game and its esports scene have been an instant success.
Alongside the colorful abilities that make Valorant stand out among competitors, another aspect of the game is its skins. Riot Games have always had a knack for developing beautiful skin designs and executing them flawlessly, and Valorant is no exception.
Below you’ll find a detailed list of what skins are available in Valorant, how they are priced and how to get them. However, we need to start off slow, so let’s begin with the skin tier lists.
Skin Price tier in Valorant
Just as in other Riot Games series, skins in Valorant are ranked by tier. Select tier is the lowest and therefore cheapest skin line, with Exclusive sitting at the other end of the scale. Let’s dive right into the base prices for each tier and their associated icons in the store:
Select Edition (SE), blue circle: 875 VP (~ $7) per individual skin, 2930 VP (~$29)/3,500 VP (~$32) per bundle.
Deluxe Edition (DE), green rhombus: 1275 VP (~$12) per individual skin, 5,100 (~$47) per bundle.
Premium Edition (PE), upside down pink triangle: 1775 VP (~$17) per individual skin, 7,100 VP (~$75) per bundle.
Ultra Edition (UE), yellow diamond: 2475 VP (~$25) per individual skin, 9,900 VP (~$100) per bundle.
Exclusive Edition (XE), upside down orange pentagon: Varies.
Each skin has its own custom animations, reload, sound effects and death animations. Some can even evolve as you level up your weapon, changing the way that the look and react.
Wait, Valorant has evolving weapon skins?
The short answer is yes, Valorant has evolving skins, but these are only available for some weapons and skin lines. In order to start levelling up your skins you need to partake in the Battle Pass Challenges and start earning Radianite Points.
As you level up skins they’ll start to do different things, such as include new animations, sounds and more. The higher your weapon’s level, the cooler the skin, so it’s absolutely worth the grind to be able to flex how hard you’ve worked.
OK great, so where can I buy Valorant skins?
Skins are available through Battle Pass missions as well as in the store, and often come as all-inclusive bundles upon release.
Individual skins rotate every 24 hours, so if you see something you like it may be worth adding it to your collection.
However, most skins never leave the store so there’s no rush. After all, Riot drop new skins semi-frequently so you never know what’s around the corner!
All Valorant skins from the highest to lowest tier
Below is all of the skins in Valorant listed from highest to lowest tier in alphabetical order. The weapons these skins are available for are beneath each picture. This handy jump to will let you switch between tiers with ease.
Contract skins are a little bit different from the rest of the skins in Valorant. These are obtained by earning XP when completing every Agent’s specific contract. Therefore, the weapon you get is stylized similar to the Agent it represents, making it an awesome flex of your skills and dedication.