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New Valorant Agent SOVA revealed: Abilities, gameplay and lore

Published: 19/Mar/2020 17:00

by Jacob Hale


Riot Games have provided a first look at Valorant agent SOVA, a ruthlessly efficient Russian who will be available at the launch of the upcoming FPS.

Riot have slowly been unveiling more and more details about the highly-anticipated title, that looks set to combine the tactical gameplay of CS:GO with class-based elements reminiscent of Overwatch.


This includes unveiling ever more about the characters – or Agents – that players will get to play as, showcasing their abilities and explaining how and why they came to be an Agent in the near-future Earth.

Now, they have taken a deep dive into SOVA, a Russian archery expert who can track and hunt enemies down for the squad.


SOVA gameplay reveal

With a few Agents having already been revealed, we’ve started to see a healthy mix of Agents for variable playstyles that will be playable at launch, and SOVA seems to be a lethal combination of both support and pure aggression.

Opening with the tagline “wherever they run, I will find them,” you know exactly what you’re getting with SOVA from the offset.

Following it up with some swift sniper plays – aided by his Owl Drone ability and Recon Bolt Signature – you see just how much of the map SOVA can open up with well-utilized abilities.


SOVA’s abilities in Valorant

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SOVA’s Recon Bolt exposes the position of nearby enemies.

Like the other Agents in Valorant, SOVA has two Basic abilities, one Signature ability, and one Ultimate ability.

  • Shock Bolt: Fire an explosive bolt that emits a damaging pulse of static energy upon impact.
  • Owl Drone: Deploy a pilotable drone that can fire a dart that will Reveal enemies who are hit.
  • Signature Ability – Recon Bolt: Fire a bolt that deploys a sonar emitter. The sonar pings tag nearby enemies, causing them to be revealed. Can be destroyed.
  • Ultimate Ability – Hunter’s Fury: Fire up to three deadly energy blasts that spear across the entire map. Each hit enemy takes heavy damage and is marked.

In the gameplay reveal, you only get to see the Owl Drone and Recon Bolt in action, but they both look to be brilliant tools to help your teammates get the win, able to scout out the opposition with pinpoint precision. He seems like he’s going to be a vital Agent to use when playing Valorant.

SOVA’s lore & personality

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SOVA looks like he would fit comfortably into the Assassin’s Creed series.

Simply from his opening line, we know that SOVA is all business – he doesn’t seem to be interested in joking around like someone like Viper does.


His outfit seems very Assassin’s Creed-esque, with an air of stealth, aggression and minimalist power about him. Along with his right eye, which looks somewhat bionic due to its bright blue hue and may lend itself to his abilities, SOVA is an Agent that you know has seen and done a lot in his time.

With a few more Agents left to be revealed, we’ve really hardly seen anything as far as Valorant is concerned, but Riot are feeding fans just enough to keep everyone interested.


There are going to be ten Agents at launch, but you can be assured that that number will rise through the years, similar to how Riot’s MOBA League of Legends continues to introduce new champions to the game.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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:

  • 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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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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:

  • 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.