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New Valorant Agent Reyna revealed: Abilities, gameplay & lore

Published: 30/May/2020 18:45 Updated: 31/May/2020 15:16

by Alan Bernal

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Agent 11 is coming to Valorant, and Riot Games have finally revealed more about their Mexican one-woman-army as well as a first look into her abilities.

Just like with the other Agents in the game, Reyna will have a slight tweak to the HUD considering how two of her abilities are pooled together. If her brief Agent trailer was any indication, players will have to switch into the ‘carry’ mentality to make full use of her kit.

Reyna looks to have a heal, blind, and constantly regenerating lifebar, as long as the player hunts down another kill to their tally before the cooldown dwindles. Each of her abilities have been explained in more depth by Riot themselves, but here’s a short summary:

Reyna’s abilities

  • Ability 1 (C) — Blinding: Cast an Orb that blinds enemies within the vicinity. Enemies can see and destroy the orb while blinding.
  • Ability 2  (Q) — Soul Catcher: Reyna’s health can regenerate to fill by absorbing life from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from corpses that you kill.
  • Signature Ability (E) — Invulnerability: Reyna can temporarily become invulnerable to incoming damage, by using power from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from corpses that you kill.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) — Sleight of Hand: Temporarily increases rate of fire, decreases reload time and speeds up your skill usage.

After her first kill onto Cypher, a purple Soul Orb drops from his body which Reyna can collect before it disappears. These orbs lets the Agent heal to full health (plus up to 50 Armor) using one of her Signature Abilities.

The trailer shows that Reyna has two abilities that share the same pool of charges. This is because Soul Orbs let her heal, like previously mentioned, or become invulnerable while being unable to shoot for a few seconds.

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After Reyna gets a kill, a purple orb spawned on top of the victim’s body.

One of her core abilities seems to be a blind she can send through walls and leave hanging suspended in mid-air.

Her Ultimate, called ‘Empress,’ enhances her Soul Orb abilities and the trailer shows her enemies draped with a red highlight. Reyna’s ult increases her rate of fire, speeds up her reload and resets her recoil with every kill she gets.

To keep her Empress activated, Reyna needs to kill an opponent to reset the constantly decreasing bar.

Gameplay with Reyna’s abilities

 

In the trailer, Reyna is navigating a 1v5 on what looks to be the new map that Riot has been teasing. Reyna has capabilities in her kit that no other Agent has.

Because of her regen ability, she can actually Overheal up to 50 HP, effectively giving her the chance for a regenerating Heavy Shield.

Players will be pressed for time to track down their next kill, seeing how it will refresh the ultimate’s active ability. This is reminiscent of Viper’s ultimate in which she has to stay within her plume of gas to keep it alive, however this Agent needs constant kills.

Reyna’s lore in Valorant

The newest Agent might be more of a hot-head than Phoenix, and with a sinister personality to compliment her blood-thirsty kit.

Reyna, which translates to ‘queen’ in Spanish, hails from Mexico, and can be heard saying “give me your heart” after getting the kill onto Cypher in the teaser.

Upon activating her Empress Ultimate and getting yet another elimination, she says “they will suffer” and “more, more” when collecting a purple orb.

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Players will have to be aggressive to make use of Reyna’s passive orbs.

It sounds like Reyna was made to be one of the game’s more aggressive Agents, and players will have to play like it to unleash the upcoming character’s full potential.

There’s a lot more to discover about the bloodthirsty Reyna when Valorant officially launches on June 2.

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How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 9:38

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour
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A step-by-step guide to the VCT format.

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour
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Qualifying for Valorant Champions isn’t easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.