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Riot announce closed beta for Valorant: Release date, regions, more

Published: 30/Mar/2020 18:00 Updated: 30/Mar/2020 19:17

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have announced their closed beta release for Valorant – the highly anticipated character-based tactical shooter.

The hype is real for Riot Games’ venture into the first-person shooter realm. Fans from all corners of the esports world have been keeping tabs on all of Valorant’s teasers as we edge closer to the Summer 2020 release date.

Many have tipped the tactical shooter to be the perfect hybrid between Overwatch and CS:GO. And now, fans are one step closer to getting their hands on it for themselves as they’ve announced the closed beta.

Valorant's characters.
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Riot have teased four Agents so far: Phoenix, Viper, Sova, and Sage.

When is Valorant’s closed beta?

Valorant’s closed beta is set to be pushed live on April 7, 2020. Meaning that players will have just over a week from Riot’s announcement to prepare themselves for the grind.

In terms of how long the beta will last, the company simply stated that they’re looking to keep the closed beta “as short as we can while getting additional regions online.”

With that in mind, the League of Legends developers stated that if they receive a lot of “unexpected feedback” from players during this period, they will re-evaluate.

Valorant's buy menu.
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Players will have the opportunity to get to grips with Valorant’s unique economy system.

Is Valorant’s closed beta coming to my region?

Given the inherent logistical strains that come with the ongoing global health situation, Riot is rolling out their closed beta to a set number of regions.

The regions that will have access to Valorant’s closed beta are: Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.

However, fear not, as Riot has pledged to try and get more regions online, “pending the volatile logistics of launching a beta effectively during a global pandemic.”

Valorant's closed beta regions.
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Valorant’s closed beta will be available in five regions at launch.

How do I register for Valorant’s closed beta?

Riot will be providing fans with an opportunity to play the Valorant beta by tuning into selected Twitch streams.

Providing that fans have linked their Riot and Twitch accounts, all they’ll need to do is tune into specific Valorant streams (which will be highlighted on Twitch). For a full breakdown on how to get early access to Valorant, check out our ‘how to play’ guide.

Discussing the closed beta launch in a press release, Anna Donlon stated: “Our plan was to bring the Valorant closed beta to as many players around the world as quickly as possible, but the pandemic has impacted those plans, compromising a wider global rollout.”

“For now, we have to focus on the regions where we feel most ready, with more regions following in the months to come.”

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.