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How do teleports work in Valorant? New teaser reveals first look

Published: 14/Mar/2020 17:37

by Andy Williams

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With another Valorant Agent teaser trailer in the books, we learned plenty about Viper – but did Riot give us a glimpse into how teleportation will work between Reactor Sites?

It appears that Riot are releasing new information on each of their Agents on a weekly basis, with Viper being the latest character to receive their time in the spotlight.

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From the short snippet that was released, we learned a lot about how Viper’s ability set will look in-game, alongside discovering a little about her lore from the quips that she uses during battle.

Viper on Bind's Reactor Site A in Valorant.
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Viper can cut-off a portion of a map with their Toxic Screen ability.

While we learned plenty of tidbits of information about another Agent, what else can we take away from another look into Valorant’s near-future earth?

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Thanks to veteran Counter-Strike streamer, Piotr ‘izakOOO‘ Skowyrski, we already know that Valorant maps will feature teleportation devices that allow one-way transportation between ‘Reactor Sites’ — Valorant’s objective, which are the equivalent bombsites in Counter-Strike or Call of Duty.

Now though, we might have received our first look at how they’ll work in the grand scheme of things. Just 0:14 into Viper’s teaser, you can see what appears to be a portal to another location – which is labeled ‘Laboratory’ – on the left-hand side.

Teleport on Bind's Reactor Site A in Valorant.
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Could this be the first glimpse into a teleportation device on Bind?

While we don’t see the one-way portal used during the trailer, a lot can be derived from where it’s located.

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Firstly, the ability to teleport – and ultimately fake a Spike (bomb) plant at a Reactor Site – appears to be straightforward. As seen in the trailer, Viper segments the map with relative ease and could have quite easily used their abilities to shift over to the other site.

With the portal being located so close to Reactor Site A in the trailer, it would be logical to assume that it’ll provide close proximity to the opposing site on the other side.

Moreover, teleporting in Riot’s tactical shooter isn’t just possible via the one-way portal. One of Valorant’s more mysterious Agents, Omen, has a stock of abilities that allow them to manipulate space and time.

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As per izakOOO’s Valorant playtest, teleportation “really changes the pace of the map,” which will provide another dynamic that players transitioning over from the likes of CS:GO will not be accustomed to.

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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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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:

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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

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:

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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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