Breakdown reveals true cost of Valorant's Elderflame skins - Dexerto

Insane true cost of Valorant’s Elderflame skins calculated

Published: 11/Jul/2020 14:12

by Andy Williams


A full breakdown of Valorant’s ‘Ultra-Edition’ Elderflame skin collection prices has revealed exactly how much it will set you back to fully upgrade the bundle.

Valorant’s cosmetics offer players unique ways to customize their Future Earth experience. Merely a month on from launch, Riot have already packed their flagship FPS full of goodies for players to enjoy.

While the Battle Pass offers some skins in exchange for grinding through each Chapter, there are also more ‘premium’ alternatives offered via the store — and Valorant’s first Ultra-Edition skin collection has been the hot topic of conversation since its release.

The Elderflame collection features a dragon-themed skin for the Vandal, Frenzy, Judge and Operator. But what sets this apart from the rest, is the dynamic effects produced by the ‘live’ weapon.

Elderflame Operator in Valorant.
Riot Games
Players hold a live dragon in their hand, which responds when shooting and reloading.

Since the Elderflame collection is much more versatile than other skins in the game, the price point also reflects that. Just for the base bundle, players will have to fork out around $100.

This price point has received some backlash from players. But that’s not where the story ends, as one savvy player has calculated the whopping cost of the fully upgraded iteration of skin collection.

According to ‘DerCarrot27,’ the Valorant Points and Radianite Points required to upgrade each skin within the collection would cost $292 (approximately £230 / €260) — discounting the potential Radianite Points earned from the Battle Pass.

The new Dragon pack Cost about $292 fully upgraded. from VALORANT

This was matched with equal resentment of the price point, with one user responding: “Looks like Riot listened to the complaints about microtransactions and instead added macrotransactions.”

While another Redditor contested that they’re more inclined to buy one of the skins, as opposed to the whole bundle, due to the relative expense.

Of course, players don’t have to splash the cash on the bundle nor customize their skin, but given the turmoil caused as a result of Riot’s pricing strategy, players will certainly be hoping they reconsider before releasing their next Ultra-Edition collection.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.