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Pokimane explains how Valorant’s Sage could already be overpowered

Published: 1/Apr/2020 1:23

by Brad Norton

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Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys was invited to go hands-on with Valorant during a recent playtest, and she’s already outlined how one agent in particular might be overpowered out of the gate.

Dozens of creators were invited to play Valorant during a closed testing period. From Nadeshot, to shroud, and more, early impressions have been fairly positive, but these big names weren’t allowed to go into much detail.

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Pokimane took to Twitch on March 31 however, and spilled the beans on her time spent with the upcoming First Person Shooter. The streaming star  highlighted Sage as potentially the most powerful character in the game.

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Pokimane highlighted Sage as an early agent that could be “overpowered.”

Having put a good amount of time into Valorant already, Pokimane highlighted Sage as one of her favorites to play in testing. While the agent’s kit may be tailored to more of a traditional support role on the surface, she outlined how “in this sort of a game, a lot of the time you won’t even get to heal your team.”

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“Either the people that are low aren’t near you, or you guys all run it at once,” she explained. “Or sometimes there’s just no time.”

She highlighted the “satisfying” ability to self-heal as one of the most powerful aspects of the character that may not have been abundantly clear through the March 27 teaser.

“It’s a full-health heal, so if you get lucky and kill someone, you heal yourself, you’re back to full and that way you can sometimes trade two for one which is really good.”

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“The thing that is actually really overpowered about her,” Pokimane said, “not the heal, not the slow orb thing, it’s her wall.”

Sage’s Barrier Orb ability allows her to throw out an orb and create a “solid wall” in its place. Players are able to right-click in order to rotate its placement before blocking off any line of sight. 

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“This sh** is so hard to break. Oh my God her wall is insane and it lasts a hot minute,” the Twitch star added.

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A leaked screenshot of Sage’s full arsenal of abilities.

While specific attributes such as the exact health of the wall, are yet to become public knowledge, it’s clear that the ability can sustain a good amount of damage before crumbling. Perhaps too much damage, according to Pokimane.

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Coming away from the early testing period with nothing but praise for Valorant, she expressed how “it feels really good to play.”

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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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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:

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  • 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

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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:

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  • 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.

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