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How economy works in Valorant: Kills, round wins, losses & more

Published: 7/Mar/2020 13:10 Updated: 7/Mar/2020 14:16

by Andy Williams

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Valorant players will be reliant on monetary rewards to purchase weapons, shield and abilities for their Agents, but just how much will each kill, plant or defuse earn you? YouTuber Jack ‘jackfrags’ Mason has the answer!

Riot Games’ highly anticipated tactical shooter, Valorant, has been compared to Valve’s CS:GO in more ways than one.

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Besides sharing fluid in-game mechanics, Valorant will utilize a round-based economy system that has been a staple of Counter-Strike gameplay for years.

Valorant's buy menu.
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Valorant’s pre-round buy menu shows the price of each purchasable item.

How much do kills & a round win/loss earn you in Valorant?

Of course, as per Counter-Strike’s reward-based model, certain actions will earn you more towards your expendable amount than others. But now we have a better idea of how this will pan out thanks to Jack.

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Per their gameplay breakdown, jackfrags delved into the specifics of what players will earn and thus be able to spend in the buy menu, which is aptly summarized below:

  • Kill = $200.
  • Round win = $3000.
  • Round loss = $1900 – $2900.

The YouTuber went on to explain how players will accrue a loss bonus in a similar way to CS:GO — with the first-round loss providing the least financial reward ($1900), while the maximum loss bonus is merely $100 beneath the reward for winning a round.

For all intents and purposes, this will work in a similar capacity to Counter-Strike’s loss bonus to help reinforce a losing team’s economy and put them in better stead to break their losing streak.

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Unlike CS:GO, however, Valorant will only provide players with $200 per kill, according to the YouTuber. Essentially, this will place more emphasis on objective work to bolster your team’s economy.

Riot Games' Valorant gameplay on Bind.
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Planting and defusing the Spike at Reactor Sites will be essential towards building a healthy economy.

Another important snippet of information shared by Mason pertains to Agent selection, in that once you select one character, you are stuck with them for the duration of the match.

Given how important Agent abilities are in segmenting maps and executing pushes in Valorant, the perfect balance of offensive and support-based characters will be paramount for your team’s success.

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Of course, this is all subject to change, given that the information was obtained from an alpha version of the game. But given how crucial a well-oiled economy system will be in Valorant, it’d be a strange move on Riot’s part to fiddle with something that’s tried and tested.

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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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