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Riot dev promises “top to bottom” overhaul of Valorant ranked system

Published: 14/Aug/2020 6:03

by Andrew Amos


Despite getting a revamp in Act 2, Valorant’s ranked system is still coming under wide-spread criticism. Riot are vowing to rework the system again though, promising a “top to bottom” overhaul soon.

Valorant’s ranked system has come under a lot of fire. The first system in Act 1 was criticized for not being clear to players how close they were to promoting or demoting, and feeling like an endless grind near the top.


In Act 2, Riot tried to clear things up with a more visual representation. This hasn’t helped though. Pros and casuals alike have shunned the system for being meaningless and messy.

Valorant Act 2 rank system
Riot Games
Valorant’s reworked ranked system has come under fire for not fixing most of the community’s issues.

There’s been plenty of solutions in the past. Introduce a visible SR system like Overwatch, or Siege MMR. Have a League of Legends-style solo queue separate from ranked to avoid five-stack boosting.


None of these have been implemented yet, and with the negative reception to recent changes, Riot are going back to the drawing board again.

Lead developer Joe Ziegler has vowed to players that redesigning the ranking system ⁠— again ⁠— is their top priority. This time though, they are tackling it from “top to bottom,” and they are looking for more community feedback.

“Hey everyone, on the design side we are currently analyzing the ranking system top to bottom. We’re looking into changes that will improve many aspects of competitive, but have not committed to any solutions yet. Thanks to everyone for their feedback,” he said on August 13.


Ziegler didn’t share any of the ideas currently in consideration. It could be yet another total overhaul, or some fine-tuned adjustments to make the experience better.

However, the mere concept that Riot are looking at competitive again has got players excited. Pros and casuals have put in their own recommendations, from post-Act rewards, to leaderboards, and solo queue.

“I’m not sure if this question was ever addressed but do you guys plan on introducing end-of-act rewards outside of the border we receive in our career tab,” T1’s Sonii asked.


“Please bless the pros with a leaderboard or something, solo-duos, and please let me play [with] Immortal players and not wait two hours,” TSM’s Subroza added.

Riot don’t have a timeline for when the ranked changes will be shipped. The ranked update could come later in Act 2, although it’s more likely Riot are looking at yet another change for Act 3, or even beyond the Ignition chapter. We will update you once more information arises.


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
Riot Games
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.