Omen re-enabled in Valorant after Riot patch game-breaking exploits - Dexerto

Omen re-enabled in Valorant after Riot patch game-breaking exploits

Published: 4/Sep/2020 3:00 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 3:07

by Andrew Amos


September 3 (7pm PT) update: Omen is slowly being re-enabled across all regions.

“We have a fix for Omen and a few other bugs. Over the course of today we’ll be rolling out the hotfix patch and enabling Omen,” Riot told players on Twitter.


Earlier: After trying to patch and fix Omen and failing, Riot have been forced to disable the Valorant agent for the foreseeable future. It comes after two game-breaking exploits were discovered allowing Omen to get invincibility and teleport past the spawn barriers.

Since Valorant Patch 1.07 dropped, Omen has been pretty broken. The controller agent had two game-breaking exploits players were abusing, and there was almost no counter.


One allowed Omen to teleport through the spawn barriers before the start of a round on Bind A site. It could be easily reproduced, meaning Omen players only had to spend 100 Creds to get a huge advantage on their enemies.

The second allowed Omen to become invincible if players used his ultimate at the perfect time near the end of a round. If they managed to pull it off, Omen could no longer be damaged for not just one round, but the entire game.

Riot thought they had it covered, announcing hours earlier on September 2 that they were deploying a hotfix to fix the exploits.


“We’re deploying a hotfix to Patch 1.07 regions (NA / Brazil / Latin America) for the Omen teleporting-through-barriers bug,” they said on Twitter. “[We also] fixed the immortal Omen bug last night.”

However, it appears the problem was bigger than Riot thought. While they managed to somewhat squash the spawn barrier bug after discovering agents like Sage could also abuse it, they found more problems plaguing the agent specifically.

Riot have now taken the drastic step of disabling Omen until the issues are fixed.


“What we thought was a map bug for Omen teleporting past the spawn barriers is actually an issue with Omen [not with the maps], so we’re disabling him until we have a real fix,” Valorant devs told players later that night.

This means Omen will no longer be available in all matchmade modes ⁠— Unrated, Competitive, and Spike Rush ⁠— until the exploits are fixed.


Riot apologized for the disruptions, giving players a rough timeline of 24 hours for the 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.