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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.

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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.

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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].”

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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.

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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 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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