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How does Valorant’s defuse mode compare to CSGO and CoD?

Published: 5/Mar/2020 11:41

by Jacob Hale


Valorant is, without doubt, one of the most exciting prospects in esports and gaming right now, with the March 2020 gameplay preview sending fans into a frenzy.

Since the preview released, fans have been trying to glean every possible bit of information from it, whether its the different characters’ ultimate abilities or how the economy system works in comparison to Valve’s CS:GO.


So far, Defuse is the only game mode that has been shown, and there’s no clear indication that there will be any more so far, but fans will no doubt be waiting to see more from Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre. But how exactly does Defuse work?

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Valorant gameplay has been compared to both CS:GO and Overwatch.

We know already what the core mission of the Defuse mode is, since it works so similarly to the likes of CS:GO and Call of Duty’s Search and Destroy so it already feels like a familiar game.


However, we’ve now got more details about how exactly using the bomb – or spike, as it is called in Valorant – works in Defuse.

Having watched the gameplay preview, the spike appears to take 45 seconds to detonate, with the player defusing the bomb cutting it very fine to pull off the defuse. The defuse itself appears to take around 7.5 seconds, with no indication of a defuse kit like in CS:GO being available from the gameplay we’ve already seen.

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Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell from the preview how long it takes to actually plant the spike if you’re on the attacking side. The 45 seconds detonation and 7.5 seconds defuse mirrors that of Call of Duty’s Search and Destroy, so it’s possible planting is the same and will take 5 seconds.

Alternatively, in CS:GO it takes 3 seconds to plant the bomb, which gives attackers a decent amount of time to plant and set up their hold.

Players have also theorized that spike defuse progress can be picked up and accumulate over time – for example, you can defuse for 3 seconds, drop the bomb, then pick it up and finish off the final 3.5 seconds.


Though there is no proof of this, it would definitely bring about a new layer of intricacy to the gameplay, and the purpose of the split bar below the spike indicator at the top of the screen isn’t yet known, so it could indicate some truth in this.

Riot Games appear to have taken note from some of the biggest FPS games in the world to help them make Valorant, and based on the hype around the game, the work is going to pay off.


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.