Riot devs explain why Valorant's next maps will be like Icebox - Dexerto
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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.

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FIFA 21 Team of the Week 17 live: release time, leaks, predictions

Published: 20/Jan/2021 7:57 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 7:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 17, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the next in-form team of 2021, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

There’s a number of stars that could slot into the in-form Ultimate Team lineup this week, including Bayern’s Thomas Müller, who had a hand in two goals against Freiburg as man of the match, and Lorenzo Insigne, for a goal and assist.

Ajax’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also wound back the clock with a late goal for his ladder-leading Amsterdam side against FC Twente. It would be his first in-form since April, 2019.

Perhaps the biggest game of the week played out at Anfield. There, defending champs Liverpool and archrivals United slugged it out for first, though neither could strike a knockout blow; in part, thanks to TOTW 17 contender Allison Becker.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week FIFA 21 promo so far, including when the Team of the Week lineup will drop, and Dexerto’s weekly predictions.

John Stones scored twice for Manchester City last weekend.
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John Stones scored twice for Manchester City last weekend, and kept a clean sheet.

Team of the Week 17 start time

On Jan. 20, FIFA publishers EA will release the fifteenth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 17 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 17 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 17 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week cards slip ⁠— after hilarious moments ahead of both TOTW 7, and more recently 10, when they accidentally shipped 11 upgraded cards early, they’re likely playing it extra safe.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 17 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Another lethal Wissam Ben-Yedder could be on its way to terrorize FIFA 21.
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Another lethal Wissam Ben-Yedder in-form could be on its way to terrorize FIFA 21 players.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 17 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 17 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Alisson – Liverpool
  • Stefan Ortega – Arminia Bielefeld
  • Layvin Kurzawa – PSG
  • Thomas Meunier – Borussia Dortmund
  • Sofiane Alakouch – Nimes
  • Patrick Mainka – FC Heidenheim
  • John Stones – Manchester City
  • Peter Zulj – RSC Anderlecht
  • Youri Tielemans – Leicester City
  • Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar 
  • Tanguy Ndombele – Spurs
  • Nicolò Barella – Inter Milan
  • Salvador Agra – CD Tondela
  • Sammy Ameobi – Nottingham Forest
  • Luis Alberto – Lazio
  • Matheus Pereira – West Brom
  • Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich 
  • Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli
  • Wissam Ben Yedder – AS Monaco
  • Donyell Malen – PSV
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Ajax
  • Luka Jovic – Frankfurt
  • Charlie Wyke – Sunderland
Alisson was key for Liverpool as the champs kept United scoreless at Anfield.
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Alisson was key for Liverpool as the English champs kept United scoreless at Anfield.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 17.

Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!