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Insane Omen exploit in Valorant lets you see through smokes

Published: 28/Jul/2020 8:30 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 10:12

by Andrew Amos

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Omen’s smokes are once again causing problems in Valorant. This time however, it has nothing to do with the smoke itself, but his teleport, which is allowing teammates to see through them.

Omen’s been riddled with some interesting bugs since the release of Valorant. His teleport has been able to get him to unintended places, and he even had wallhacks once upon a time thanks to his Dark Cover smokes.

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That once upon a time is back again though, with Omen’s smokes causing more difficulty for players. However, the glitch this time around has very little to do with the smoke itself, and his teleport instead.

Reddit user ‘randomperson134’ showcased the bug on July 27 in which an Omen can give his allies vision through his smokes.

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When Omen teleports, he leaves behind a trail for a period of time. In that brief one-second period, Omen’s allies are granted full vision through the smoke if they look through that silhouette.

In the case of Random’s play, they used it to peek out Haven A Long. Looking all the way through to the lobby, Random on Sage was able to get a pick onto the Jett player trying to push out.

The exploit is incredibly easy to recreate. All you need is an Omen to teleport away from you, and a smoke to look through. You can then use the silhouette he leaves behind to get sight through the smoke.

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You can see the Jett clear as day through Omen’s teleport.

It’s unclear whether this glitch only works through Omen smokes, or if it will work through other Agents’ smokes too. In that case, Viper, Brimstone, Jett, and Cypher mains could also be able to pull off the trick if they have an Omen on their team.

As much as it can be abused by your own team, the enemy team should be able to do a similar tactic though. If they also have an Omen, it’s likely that Omen’s teleport would also give them vision through your own smokes.

The play-making potential of such an exploit speaks for itself, especially for how easy it is to replicate. It can basically ensure you get a pick at the start of every round if the enemies push you.

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It’s likely the exploit will be patched out in the next update, which is due next week. Patch 1.05 is also set to mark the start of Ignition Act 2, with an all-new battle pass, a new ranking system, and potentially new game modes.

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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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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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