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Major Valorant leaks reveal new Killjoy gameplay audio and animations

Published: 10/Jul/2020 3:58

by Brad Norton

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The next Agent coming to Valorant in 2020 appears to be all but locked in, after an assortment of new Killjoy turret animations, audio files, and more were uncovered in the latest update.

Riot Games recently explained the structure of content drops in Valorant, with new Agents coming in each Act. While Act II is still a ways off, its new Agent hasn’t been the best-kept secret.

Leaks prior to the game’s release outed the label of ‘Killjoy’ as a potential codename for a future Agent. Follow up leaks in June then exposed multiple abilities: a deployable turret alongside a new drone that floats throughout any given map.

Riot hasn’t quite been able to keep a lid on the next character and now, even more information has come to light in the latest update. Patch 1.03 was deployed on July 7 and dataminers quickly pulled apart the new files. Among the additions were a heap of Killjoy’s audio files, along with a brand new in-game animation.

While a character model hasn’t yet appeared for the Agent, a leaked Killjoy animation was pulled from the update and applied to Phoenix instead. The model grits its teeth and clasps its hands as some kind of pressure appears to be building.

“DetainedStateLoop” is the name of this animation and it appears to be attached to Killjoy’s Ultimate, according to Reddit user ‘Mang0eLeaks.

The dataminer wasn’t able to pinpoint just how this animation comes into play, however. “I can’t tell if this is for Killjoy or his ‘Detained’ subjects,” they explained. Though it is confirmed to be “involved with his [Ultimate].”

Over seven minutes of audio files were also outed from the new leaks, ranging from abilities sounds, to damage cues, and more. Early into the compilation, robotic noises can be heard, perhaps even shooting a projectile. This could fall in line with the leaked Drone ability, or be something entirely new that has yet to surface.

At the 2:27 mark, what is almost certainly Killjoy’s turret can be heard for the first time. As expected, it sounds like a fast-firing chain gun, though there’s still no telling just how it might function. It could be an automatic ability that guns down enemies, or it could be a player-controller turret that has to be manned at all times.

Valorant Episode structure
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Two more Agents are on the way to Valorant as the first Episode progresses.

A majority of the audio throughout the compilation featured tech-heavy sounds. Perhaps indicating that most of Killjoy’s kit will be focused on unique creations in line with the turret and the drone.

While no date is set in stone for this Agent, it seems certain that Killjoy will be the next Agent in Valorant. Act I comes to a close on August 2 and the second Act is expected just days later. Therefore, players likely won’t have to wait much longer to see how this character fits into the ever-growing roster.

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Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 NA and Europe: Streams, format, schedule

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:33

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant Champions Tour is kicking off in 2021 with Stage 1. There’s plenty of action to come, so here’s the NA & EU VCT stream, schedule and more!


  • EU & NA Stage 1 Challenger events run from February 4 – 7.
  • Slots in the Stage 1 Masters tournament are on the line.
  • 100 Thieves and Team Heretics primed to defend their regional titles.

It’s Valorant Champions Tour time! If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here, and if you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need!

Valorant Champions Tour: Streams

The Valorant Champions Tour will be streamed on both the official Valorant Twitch, as well as the two regional channels. We have embedded those below for your convenience.

VCT NA: Stream

VCT EU: Stream

VCT NA & EU: Schedule

Both NA and EU’s Stage 1 kick off on February 4. While the times have not yet been released, all the dates you need are listed below:

VCT Stage 1 NA dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: February 18-21
  • Challengers 3: March 4-7
  • Masters: March 13-21

VCT Stage 2 EU dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: TBA
  • Challengers 3: TBA
  • Masters: TBA

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams will battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
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The VCT promises to be a year long Valorant fiesta!

VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1: NA & Europe teams

In Europe, teams like G2 Esports, Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, will be looking to snatch the glory from reigning First Strike champions Team Heretics.

Across the Atlantic in North America, 100 Thieves have a target on their back with TSM, Sentinels and Cloud9 Blue all keen on taking down the First Strike winners.