Hilarious Valorant Brimstone glitch costs team their match - Dexerto

Hilarious Valorant Brimstone glitch costs team their match

Published: 3/Jul/2020 23:52

by Bill Cooney


A new visual glitch for Brimstone is throwing Valorant players for a loop, as it practically removes the visual effects from his Orbital Strike ultimate ability.

Brimstone’s ultimate calls down an airstrike that deals heavy damage to any enemies unfortunate enough to get caught within its area of effect. It also has visual effects that cut off line of sight if you’re inside – except when this obvious glitch decides to pop up.

Valorant's Brimstone.
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Brimstone’s ultimate is one of the best at denying space in Valorant.

In the clip below from Reddit user daonlydagger, Brimstone is the last on their team alive, while the enemy Viper is lurking in the B Garage on Split. 

In an attempt to finish up the round, they call down Orbital Strike on the Garage – but it doesn’t appear to pass through the roof, leaving a clear window for Viper to shoot through and take out Brimstone for the win.


However, users in the comments insisted that while it doesn’t look like the ultimate went through, it actually did (well, the damage from the ultimate did, at least).

“But Dexerto,” you might be asking, “If the damage also goes through, why doesn’t Viper get hit?” Well, if you look closely at where Brimstone sends their ultimate, and where Viper is, you’ll see that it was an unlucky ult placement that wasn’t going to hit her, anyway.

If the visual effects of the ultimate had gone through though, Viper wouldn’t have been able to see Brimstone, and the round could have ended very differently.

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Somehow Viper managed to slither away from Brimstone’s ult, in this case at least.

Even though it just seems to be a visual glitch and not an outright broken ultimate, it still greatly affects how Brimstone’s ultimate is used and what it does (or doesn’t do) to enemies.

Hopefully Riot devs decide to fix this bug before too long, but until then, even if you don’t see Brimstone’s ultimate, when you hear him “Open up the skies” it’s probably wise to make sure you’re not about to get deleted – no matter where you are.


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.