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How to reach higher ledges in Valorant using Omen’s Paranoia ability

Published: 24/Apr/2020 2:43

by Alan Bernal


A crafty technique with Omen’s Paranoia gives him the ability to boost over certain terrain, letting him get a faster reposition than the teleportation from Shrouded Step.

On offense, Paranoia is a useful tool to break out of a corner and rush defenders blinded by the projectile. On defense, it can be a crucial ability that can disorient an impending push by the attackers.


But if the round demands it, Omen’s Q can actually let him reach higher platforms that would typically only be accessible to the more agile Agents or by using the loud and lengthy cast of his C.

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Omen’s toolkit already comes with a repositioning tool, but it also comes strapped with a sneaky boost/glide mechanic too.

After tinkering around with Omen, user ‘finneman123’ and ‘whyimhere4’ saw that the Agent is given a small lift and glide shortly while activating Paranoia. Taking theory into practice, they were able to make use of the tech to find sneaky boosts.


While perched on top of the metal container in the middle of Bind’s B site, the player was able to use the Q mid-air to hop across to the shack’s roof inside of the entrance from Garden.

This is usually a one-and-done spot; but if you aim the Paranoia toward B long while boosting and timing it with the enemies’ push, you can possibly funnel a swarm of blinded players into your crosshairs.

When omen uses his q ability you glide/get lifted up, so i found some jumps on the three maps from VALORANT

But that’s just scratching the surface of Omen’s potential with this technique. For example, if you’re repositioning from A Heaven to Mid Yard on Split then you can actually use Paranoia to blind mid while avoiding the cables to climb up.


Avoiding the climb up the ropes with your ability can make it so you aren’t in the compromising position of the loud cables to get out of the room.

Agents in Valorant are equipped with extensive toolkits that lets them create space, hinder sight, and the like.

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Omen can get especially tricky with Paranoia to avoid crucial sound cues.

It’s these kinds of tricks that slowly start to get embedded in Valorant players’ approach to a round which opens up the possibilities for incredible outplays.


With people learning more about Riot’s new shooter every day, it’ll be interesting to see how people develop their skills with Omen.


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

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.