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Raze the only Valorant Agent nerfed in Act 2 update

Published: 5/Aug/2020 1:05

by Bill Cooney

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Raze was the only agent to see any updates in Valorant’s 1.05 update, and once again, she’s received a number of nerfs to try and bring her more in line with the rest of the game’s roster.

The big news from Valorant’s August 4 1.05 patch was definitely the arrival of Killjoy, who might take away the title of “most OP agent in the game” away from Raze – especially after the latter saw another round of nerfs from the same patch.

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Since she was released all the way back in April for the game’s closed beta, players have complained that Raze and her kit are much too overpowered and easy to dominate with compared to Valorant’s other agents.

Apparently Riot has been listening to our complaints, as she was the only agent to receive any kind of update – and that’s good news for everyone (except Raze mains), as two of her more troublesome abilities, Blast Pack and Showstopper, have been nerfed.

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Raze’s Showstopper ultimate will now take longer to equip after update 1.05.

Starting out, we’ll look at the changes to Raze’s Showstopper ultimate, the rocket launcher she seems to pull out of nowhere and start blasting with. The time to equip the ultimate has been increased from 1.1 seconds to 1.4, and the quick equip has gone from .5 to .07. Developers also reduced the visual effects when she fires the rocket and on the missile’s trail.

One of the biggest issues players had with Raze’s ultimate is that, even if it doesn’t kill you, it would basically act as a sort of quasi-smoke, making it difficult to target the agent as she fires away at the enemy.

“With the lethality of Raze’s Showstopper, we wanted to make some changes that will provide enemies more time to plan and acquire Raze when hearing ‘Fire in the Hole!’” Riot devs explained in the patch notes. “Additionally, we have adjusted her VFX so that players are able to notice Raze as she fires, increasing their ability to shoot a Raze that takes riskier plays.”

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Raze will (hopefully) be a little easier to deal with after the 1.05 patch.

Her Blast Pack time bomb ability definitely saw the heaviest nerf out of the two, with its damage being reduced by a third, from 75 to just 50. This is significant because now instead of being able to cut into the health of a fully armored opponent, it will only take them down to their base of 100 health, instead of 75 overall.

“Raze’s Blast Pack has been hitting players a bit too hard, able to kill a fully armored enemy in certain situations,” devs explained. “We want to reduce this ability’s efficacy at damaging players while sharpening its ability at clearing enemy utility and obstacles.”

Only time will tell if these changes will have any real effect on the chaos the agent is capable of in a given match, but with the release of Killjoy and her automated turret among other abilities, Raze’s reign as the most controversial Valorant character could be coming to a close.

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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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