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Ninja hits out at suspected Valorant cheaters on stream

Published: 14/Sep/2020 12:46 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 13:14

by Joe Craven


Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was left frustrated after encountering a number of Valorant players who he strongly suspected of cheating, dying multiple times in suspicious circumstances.

Riot Games’ Valorant has captivated its millions of fans since its full release back in June. Described by many as a direct rival to Counter-Strike, many CS:GO pros have ditched Valve’s tactical shooter in favor of Valorant.


While Ninja has not demonstrated desires to go pro in Valorant, he has devoted significant portions of his live streams to the game.

Following some time on Among Us, Ninja committed to one game on Valorant before turning in for the night, but it quickly descended into frustration, with the ex-Halo pro accusing multiple enemies of cheating.

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Suspicions quickly rose when the enemy Reyna took out Ninja incredibly quickly, following a number of seriously jaw dropping plays.

“That Reyna’s cheating,” he said quickly. “There’s no doubt in my mind… there’s no doubt in my mind she’s cheating.”

Ninja quickly proceeded to confront the players in game chat, as well as reporting the Reyna player for their suspicious plays. The allegations were denied by the enemies.


However, later on in the game, Ninja became suspicious of the entire enemy team, as he was once again taken out immediately after rounding a corner.

“Bro that is the sussest sh*t I’ve ever seen!” he exclaimed, after the enemy Cypher eliminated him from the round. “No shot, no shot… I think they might all be [cheating]. That Cypher just f**king swings, jiggles and hits me immediately. He headshots you through me, both of us simultaneously, with the pre-fire too by the way.”

Without killcams it is incredibly tough to say for certain whether the opponents were cheating, but Ninja grew increasingly frustrated as the match wore on. He capped off an immensely annoying evening by tweeting: “I just played some of the most SUS/Blatant cheaters in Valorant in a long time.”


Whether they get voted out of future matches remains to be seen, but Ninja remained highly suspicious of their in-game behavior until the match ended.


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.

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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

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Riot Games
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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.