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Riot confirm Valorant update to fix Phoenix Curveball bug coming soon

Published: 21/Aug/2020 11:15

by Daniel Cleary


Valorant developers Riot Games have responded to an unusual bug with Phoenix’s Curveball ability following patch 1.06, confirming a hotfix to address this bug will be added soon.

Phoenix is among one of the most popular Agents in Valorant and has an incredibly unique ability kit compared to some of the other characters.


As his name suggests, Phoenix boasts a fire-themed skill set with a powerful ‘Run it Back’ Ultimate that can bring him back to life.

However, following the update for patch 1.06, on August 20, Valorant players have now noticed a strange bug with one of the fiery Agent’s abilities.

Phoenix using Curveball ability in Valorant
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Phoenix’s Curveball ability has been causing Valorant players some problems.

One of Phoenix’s basic abilities, Curveball, which can fire a blinding Flare Orb around corners has seemingly been causing problems, making it difficult for players to use this ability without affecting their own team.

This bizarre bug was highlighted by Valorant player Pirkzy, revealing that you have to stand quite far away from doors or corners, when using the ability, and that the blinding effect would likely run out by the time you follow up.

Riot Games designer Morello responded to the player, revealing that the ability change was actually an unintentional bug and that they are working on a fix.


They also announced this hotfix on the official Valorant Twitter account, explaining that they were aware of the unusual behavior seen with Phoenix’s Curveball.

“We’re aware of a bug in patch 1.06 with Phoenix’s Curveball behaving…differently than intended. We’re going to hotfix this as soon as possible,” they announced.

As of now, it is still unclear when exactly Riot plans on making this bugfix live in-game but Phoenix mains won’t have much longer to put up with the strange glitch.


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
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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:

  • 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.