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Insane Sage-Killjoy glitch is letting Valorant players reach new heights

Published: 26/Aug/2020 5:40

by Andrew Amos

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Using Sage’s wall as a boost is already a pretty common tactic on Valorant. It can’t reach all places, but with the help of Killjoy’s turret in this new exploit on Patch 1.06, you can definitely reach new heights and surprise your enemies.

Yes, Sage’s wall is probably better to be used as a defensive tool to completely lock players out of a single angle. However, if you’re really feeling it, using it to boost yourself up as a surprise is definitely a strategy.

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There’s plenty of decent boost spots already with the Sage wall to get to some pre-set peek spots. The most popular is probably outside of B Garage on Ascent, peering towards Catwalk and A Short.

Sage wall boost from B Garage to A Short on Ascent
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Sage-boosting can give you an advantage in firefights.

However, there’s a way to ‘boost’ your boost. A new Sage-Killjoy interaction has been uncovered on Patch 1.06 that’s almost certainly a glitch.

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YouTuber ‘Gwegwyshared clips on August 24, showing just how easy it is to replicate. All you have to do is place a Killjoy turret down, then place a Sage wall on top. As the Sage places the wall, allies can jump and ‘ride’ the wall all the way to the top.

The power of this glitch is really unlocked on Ascent. Defenders can use two boosts to their advantage to mow down attackers.

The first is on A Heaven. You can build the Sage wall so it goes up over a gap in the big wall, watching down into A Main as attackers funnel in. On B site, you can boost next to the Main wall to peek over into B Garage, getting kills as the round starts.

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However, the glitch isn’t exclusive to Ascent. You can use similar boosts on all the other maps to get to hard to reach places. If you do it right, you can even create a pseudo-one way smoke, where you can see the legs of your enemies in the gap between the Sage wall and the ground.

It’s akin to the Sage-Reyna glitch that lingered around back in Patch 1.01. Players could place Sage walls on Reyna’s Leer to get an extra boost. With a well-timed jump, you’d sail up with the wall.

Like that other interaction, it’s likely this one with Sage and Killjoy will be patched out soon. With Patch 1.07 planned for a week from now, Riot could bundle it into that changelist. The other option is to quickly ship out a hotfix ⁠— which might be needed as the exploit goes viral.

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If you want to abuse this in your games between now and then, we don’t blame you. It’s an incredibly powerful glitch, and until it gets patched out, you’ll just have to be wary of these quirky sightlines.

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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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