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How Valorant will use Agent abilities to replicate CSGO’s utility system

Published: 8/Mar/2020 16:57

by Andy Williams


Riot Games are changing the FPS meta up with Valorant, with Agent abilities being at the forefront of that movement. Here’s how abilities will provide a fresh look on a utility system akin to that of Counter-Strike.

Riot Games have vowed to usher the first-person shooter genre into the “modern era” with Valorant. Bringing in high tick-rate servers, Riot Direct and anti-cheat are just some of the steps that the developers are taking to ensure all Agents are on a level playing field.


So if Riot is doing their bit to keep everyone on the server level pegging, players will be seeking the tactical advantage over their foes. And the protagonist to this narrative will be Agent abilities.

Valorant's characters
Riot Games
Each Agent will be equipped with four abilities, two of which can be purchased in the pre-round buy menu.

We already know 8/12 members of Valorant’s founding roster, with another four rumored to be in the pipeline for launch in Summer 2020.


Each of these 12 Agents will have the same character stats (i.e. baseline health and hitbox size) to ensure “tight, lethal tactical gameplay.”

What this means is that Agent abilities will be key in gaining the upper-hand over your opponents, especially since there is no equipment to facilitate this as per CS:GO and other leading tactical shooters.

So, how will Agent’s ‘support abilities’ act as a replacement for utility in Valorant? First, let’s take a look at Phoenix’ abilities.

Valorant's Phoenix and Jett.
Riot Games
Phoenix (L) ignites the battlefield with “flash and flare” and is perfect for gung-ho play styles.

Agent abilities acting as utility

Phoenix is a fiery character and will light up the server with his array of fire-based abilities. The British Agent’s abilities each provide an equivalent to Counter-Strike’s utility, so let’s take a look.

Phoenix’ ‘Hot Hands’ ability is one of their purchasable abilities which will essentially act as an incendiary grenade, while his other purchasable ability called ‘Blaze’ will essentially work like a smoke grenade to obscure enemy vision.

The British Agent’s ‘Curveball’ Signature ability will essentially work as a flashbang — facilitating those ‘breach and clear’ moments that will most definitely happen during Reactor Site takes.


In Phoenix’ gameplay trailer, the Agent utilizes Curveball to clear two corners while using Blaze to block the line of sight of his enemy.

Phoenix is a prime example of an Agent who essentially possesses an entire utility belt of equipment through his abilities. But this isn’t exclusive to Phoenix, since the vast majority of Agent abilities operate in the same way.


Take Jett, for example… While the vast majority of her abilities aid in rapid escape from enemy engagements (e.g. Updraft and Tailwind), her purchasable ability of ‘Cloudburst’ allows Jett to deploy a cloud of fog which will work to cut off key choke points around the map.

Of course, only time will tell how these abilities play out in Riot’s tactical shooter, but it appears that the character selection will be especially important given the dependence on Agent abilities to gain the tactical edge 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.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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.