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Riot confirms Raze nerf coming in future Valorant update

Published: 29/Jul/2020 12:19

by Andy Williams

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Valorant’s most controversial Agent, Raze, is set to receive yet another nerf, following continued community backlash surrounding her damage output.

Right at the inception of Valorant — affectionately referred to as ‘Project A’ — Riot Games’ CEO, Nicolo Laurent, sent out a Tweet reassuring those eager to get their hands on the first-person shooter that Agent abilities would simply “create tactical opportunities.”

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“You don’t kill with abilities,” said Laurent. “Abilities create tactical opportunities to take the right shot. Characters have abilities that augment their gunplay, instead of fighting directly with their abilities.”

Fast-forward to almost two months after the official release and Raze is dominating the Valorant meta across all levels. Why? Because her utility allows the character to dish out an incredible amount of damage.

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Aside from her Blast Pack and Paint Shells, the explosive Duelist can strike fear into the most skillful of opponents when the already infamous “fire in the hole” voiceline shudders around the map.

While the feisty Brazilian Agent’s Showstopper Ultimate was made slightly less accessible in Patch 1.04, her damage output can still completely swing the most improbable rounds back in the favor of her squad. With that in mind, Valorant Character Design Lead, Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott, has pledged to make further adjustments until the right balance is achieved.

Detailing the impact of her Blast Pack and Showstopper abilities, Morello stated that “we’ll be fixing those as part of our commitment to tactical play.”

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Morello’s thread of Tweets touched on how Raze’s Boombot and Paint Shells work to achieve their objective with the character: to create pressure, which can ultimately lead to area control.

On paper, this is exactly what Duelists are designed to do. But it’s easy to see past that, when an Agent like Raze sits head and shoulders above the rest at applying said pressure.

With that in mind, Valorant might just be about to undergo its biggest meta shift yet. Killjoy is tipped to join the ranks in Act 2, alongside a brand new Competitive system being introduced in Patch 1.05. So a Raze nerf during the same update would give a lot for players to digest in one go. Who knows, perhaps Riot will hold off on the nerf for another patch.

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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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