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Riot confirms more Viper buffs planned for Valorant Patch 1.04

Published: 15/Jul/2020 7:42 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 8:01

by Andrew Amos


Viper is Valorant’s most under-loved Agent. The American scientist hasn’t really seen the light of day in Riot’s FPS title, and is woefully underpowered compared to others. However, in Valorant Patch 1.04, that could change, with more buffs on the way.

Viper is widely considered to be Valorant’s weakest Agent. She is picked by less than 2% of players, according to stats site, and that number only goes down in higher ranks. In pro play, she is picked once in a blue moon.


While Riot made some changes to her kit in Patch 1.02, giving her Snake Bite molotov extra damage by adding a ‘fragile’ debuff, and making her Toxic Screen wall penetrate through all walls, it hasn’t been enough to bring her to the forefront.

Valorant agent line-up with Sova, Phoenix, Viper, Jett, and Cypher
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Viper might be front-and-center on all the Valorant cover art, but she doesn’t get any spotlight in-game.

That’s going to change in Valorant Patch 1.04 though. Riot have been keeping their eyes on the Agent, and are looking at adding even more power to her kit. There’s plans in the works, but what they are yet hasn’t been publicized.


“The balance team has been talking about Viper a lot. If all goes as planned, there’ll be more buffs for her next patch,” said Valorant developer Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm.

“I don’t want to share any specific details or hard commit to it because it’s not all set in stone yet, but that’s the plan.”

Altombre went on in further detail about Riot’s goals with the under-utilized agent. Riot has struggled to carve out her “zone control” identity and conveying that to players. It all feels too high risk for the Viper, and too low risk for her enemies.


“She has the highest commitment of any of our controllers because her smokes get placed for the entirety of the round, minus picking up and reploying her Q. She’s not as good at faking between multiple sites, but can exert a ton of pressure on her chosen areas indefinitely.”


While her kit is very static once it’s placed down, with her Snake Bite molly proving to be her only ‘dynamic’ zone control tool, it can be pretty easy to just set and forget with Viper.


On top of that, once players discover the angles she’s holding, it can be easy to counter her. Riot are looking at all these factors when considering new buffs for Viper in Patch 1.04.

“We don’t want Viper to feel like a sentinel who ‘sets up’ an area like Cypher and then just defends it,” Altombre added.



“Being proactive and taking ground with her smokes is key on top of exerting control in that area once you’ve claimed it. It’s a delicate balance to strike and something we’re clearly still trying to fine tune”

Valorant Patch 1.04 should be released around July 21. Riot has been patching the title every two weeks so far, and if that trend continues, we should be in for the next set of changes next Tuesday. We will update you with more specifics as they arise.


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
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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:

  • 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

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.