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How to bunny-hop in Valorant

Published: 9/Apr/2020 19:43

by Alan Bernal

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Bunny-hopping in Valorant can free up players for fast rotations around the map or reposition around during a fight, and here’s everything you’ll need to know to practice the technique in game.

To develop the skills to make bunny-hopping, also known as strafe-jumping, work for players, practice synchronizing aim placement while moving side-to-side with the ‘A’ key and ‘D’ key.

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The method ‘Jack_Dice’ shows players how to get a reliable hop going to overcome Agent abilities such as Sage’s Slow Orb, almost completely negating its effect.

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Bunny-hopping in Valorant could be the difference in winning a fight.

Going into the Practice Range, Jack_Dice showed how to pull off the movement by holding ‘W’ to go forward until reaching a ‘full sprint’ then continuously jumping while alternating between looking left with ‘A’ held down and right with ‘D’ held down.

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There are more streamlined ways that will give you a better string of hops, resulting in quicker forms for the technique. But Jack_Dice gives a baseline understanding of how Valorant handles bunny-hopping.

A few tips he outlined to nail down the bunny-hops are to practice crosshair placements to be at head-level, and binding jump to your scroll wheel (up or down) to get off the ground more reliably.

1 Minute Guide on How to Bunny Hop For Beginners from VALORANT

To reiterate, Jack_Dice’s method can help new players get the concept for how it relates to Valorant, but it isn’t the only way to pull it off.

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User ‘Jhad31’ noted in the thread that holding W, forward, isn’t required. In fact, they “found it easier and much more consistent, especially as a beginner to understand it with W held.”

That’s because learning without holding W as a training wheel can give players the freedom to bunny-hop to the side (hence: strafe-jumping) and even backwards.

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Bunny-hopping in Valorant can actually make it easy to beat certain abilities like Sage’s slow.

The same movement has been seen since the dawn of competitive FPS titles like Quake and later Counter-Strike. Learning how to strafe-jump only increases a player’s chances of beating an opponent to an angle or getting out of a tricky situation as fast as possible.

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A key to bunny-hopping in Riot’s new game is to consistently practice. Find what isn’t working or where a correction could be made to make your movement a lot more fluid in the Valorant.

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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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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

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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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