New Valorant rank system reportedly leaked ahead of Ignition Act 2 - Dexerto

New Valorant rank system reportedly leaked ahead of Ignition Act 2

Published: 23/Jul/2020 5:07 Updated: 23/Jul/2020 8:40

by Brad Norton


A more intricate ranking system is set to be implemented at the start of Valorant’s second act, and new leaks have revealed just how it will supposedly work.

Since the release of Valorant’s competitive playlist, avid players have been eager for a more fleshed out system. From Iron all the way through to Immortal, there are three tiers within each rank alongside Radiant for the most elite players in each region. According to new leaks, more tiers could be added soon.


Developers at Riot Games have already confirmed that changes are indeed on the way to Valorant’s ranked experience. While a mysterious icon slipped through the cracks on July 20, all new ranks won’t be the focus of the competitive overhaul. Instead, more tiers could soon be added within each rank, according to prominent data miner ‘ValorLeaks.’

Ignition’s Act 1 is expected to end around August 2. With the next major update right around the corner, here’s an early rundown on how the leaked ranked system could work.


“Ranks can go Up or Down, and have Levels ranging from 1 to 5,” the leaker revealed. Expanding on the three levels for each rank in its current form, the Act 2 update appears to add more depth than ever before. Players also appear to be able to rank up within Radiant itself.

This could indicate that the best players in each region will have more to do upon reaching the game’s highest rank. Wins and losses might soon push the very best to all new placements within the Radiant rank.

Each rank appears to have its own unique border from Tier 1 all the way through to Tier 5. The starting tier is a basic triangle, while the fifth is a far more detailed design. These likely match the color of your corresponding rank as your progress in the competitive playlist.


Rather than receiving the same old progression arrows after each match, unique arrows are now set depending on your rank. Golden arrows for players in the Gold rank, red for Immortal, and so on.

Valorant rank progression
Riot Games
The current ranks are set to expand with the next Act in Valorant.

A rank reset also seems to be on the way for Act 2 based on these leaks. The new format is labeled as an Act Rank. This implies that ranks will not carry through multiple Acts and instead, be reset with each major update.

Without official confirmation from Riot, however, do take these early leaks with a grain of salt. While these images were plucked directly from the game’s latest update, things could always change.


Keep your eyes peeled as more teasers are dropped in-game ahead of the August 2 update.


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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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.