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Overpowered Killjoy mechanic shields you from bullets in Valorant

Published: 11/Aug/2020 20:32

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant’s newest agent, Killjoy, has been a hot topic in the community since release, thanks to her powerful kit – and as it turns out, there are some unique techs that players can make use of to get even more value out of her.

Killjoy’s Alarmbot ability functions sort of like Raze’s Boombot in that it will hunt enemies. However, unlike Boombot, it won’t do damage to them; instead, it will explode, leaving them in a vulnerable state.


One other way it differs from Boombot is that it won’t start moving until an enemy comes within close proximity of Alarmbot. This is where an interesting little strategy with the ability comes into play.

By placing the Alarmbot on a platform or at head-level, it can be used as an extremely helpful shield to block incoming damage.

Killjoy uses Nanoswarm and Alarmbot to win in Valorant
Riot Games
Killjoy’s kit packs a serious punch.

How does the mechanic work?

As shown by Valorant player KurtG on Twitter, he was able to place the bot so it covered his head. Meanwhile, he was able to shoot freely through the ability and frag out, feasting on the opposing team who entered his line of sight.

Eventually, one player finally managed to peak and destroy the Alarmbot, but soon thereafter fell victim to KurtG, marking his fourth straight kill.

“Bro, I’m a f**king genius, dude!” the player exclaimed, very pleased with himself for the smart thinking.


The use of the ability is certainly interesting, and can lead to just enough protection to ensure your survival.

This said, it’s unclear if Riot intended for the Alarmbot to be used this way and if they want it to be. Thus far, the company hasn’t addressed the mechanic in any capacity, so it’s possible they’re alright with Valorant players utilizing the Alarmbot for protection purposes.

In any case, it’s something to keep in mind if you’re playing as Killjoy and want to hold a position.


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.