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How to deny Valorant players from defusing Haven spike as Sova

Published: 4/Jul/2020 19:38

by Alan Bernal


Sova can protect the spike on Haven with an impressive amount of success in Valorant, all people need to do is find the creative lineups for his Shock Bolts to connect.

Being effective with Sova, who has an ability kit with meaningful long-range scouting tools and damage-dealing projectiles, means making full use of his bow’s charge meter and bounce options.


Optimally using both mechanics can make a simple arrow delivery become dynamic and disorienting for opposing sides, rather than a telegraphed projectile that drudges its way to its mark.

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Sova is equipped to be Valorant’s best long-range threat.

Finding these sweet spots can be a pain but, after putting in the work like content creator ‘Average Jonas,’ the effectiveness of Sova’s overall kit starts to shine when trying to protect a ticking spike.


On Haven’s C side, the popular default plant nestled in the corner of the boxes can let Attackers retreat to the long corridor that spills into the site.

Jonas showed that here is where the character can become a problematic cog for the Defender’s plan. There are two lineups that the streamer showed off which can lend itself to a perfect C site hold from far away.

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When lining up against the wall, this is the initial lineup that will let you hit Sova’s arrows with perfection.

Playing from the safety of Long C, once you hear a Defender defusing the spike, put your back to their spawn side wall while lining up the corner in front of you with the vertical wood panel on the opposite building.


In this spot, you can do two lineups in quick succession as Jonas showed. First, aim at the sky so the “bottom-left HUD line into the hole of the leaves” of the nearby tree.

After that, give the Shock Bolt a one-bar charge with no bounces and let it fly. Then quickly adjust your aim to single-bounce a two-charge bar arrow off of the wooden beam above the blue part of the wall.

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If there’s someone on the spike, these lineups will give a vicious one-two hit for them that could deliver an instant killing blow.


Good arrow uses like this can unlock Sova as one of the most potent long-range threats among the cast of Agents in Valorant.


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.

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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

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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.