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Riot confirm fix for “wallhack” Killjoy turret exploit in Valorant

Published: 19/Aug/2020 5:32

by Andrew Amos

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Riot has confirmed Valorant Patch 1.06 will include a fix for a game-breaking Killjoy turret exploit on Split, allowing the German technician to place her turrets under the map, giving her a “wallhack.”

A new Killjoy exploit has been terrorizing Valorant players on Split. Just in case her turret’s existence wasn’t infuriating enough, there was a spot on the map that gave it a wallhack players could then play off.

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The exploit was incredibly easy to reproduce. All you had to do was walk into Mail Room, walk into the corner closest to B Heaven, put your crosshair in the right place, and drop a turret. It would deploy under the map.

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While it wasn’t instantly deployable at the round start, for defenders it would take less than a couple of seconds to set up. This means you could quickly spot a push from Market or Water down mid.

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However, that wasn’t the only range of the turret. Its effect was practically global, and its power almost limitless. It wasn’t just defenders who could abuse it ⁠— attackers could use it after securing mid control to slow down rotates.

Killjoy’s turret won’t kill you instantly once it locks on. The progressive chip damage across the round though would definitely do the trick. You could be half-health by the time you start pushing a site because of it.

The only way you could stop it was by removing its line of sight with smokes or blinds, or finding a way to destroy it through Market. You could wallbang where it was firing back from to take it back down.

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Thankfully the exploit is being fixed ⁠— on Split at least. “We have a fix for this on the map itself, [and it] should be going out with the next patch,” Valorant developer ‘rycou’ confirmed on Twitter on August 18.

However, this might only be a band aid solution. New exploits could pop up in different places on different maps if Killjoy mains can find new places to deploy turrets outside of the map. It’s unclear as to if Riot are looking into a more permanent fix, or if this glitch was an anomaly.

Valorant Patch 1.06 will be released on August 20.

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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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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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