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Riot devs respond to major Valorant Brimstone hitbox issue

Published: 6/May/2020 8:11 Updated: 6/May/2020 8:34

by Brad Norton


Riot Games has responded to a significant Valorant issue that sees Brimstone’s headshot hitbox vanish in the middle of certain animations.

As avid players continue to pump hours upon hours into Valorant’s Closed Beta, a few game-breaking issues have begun to slip through the cracks.


From major FPS drops following the latest update, to Jett’s awkward hitbox. The latest issue puts Brimstone in the crosshairs, however, as players have uncovered another broken hitbox issue.

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Jett is another Agent that has been bogged down by clunky hitboxes of late.

Rounding out the 18th round of a closely contested match on May 5, Dalorick was rotating around the back of Bind when they stumbled on a new bug.


They lined up a perfect headshot with the Marshal, yet the bullet didn’t register. It seemed to phase right through the enemy Brimstone, who quickly rotated and began to return fire.

Brimstone even managed to turn the fight around, landing 169 damage of his own and securing the elimination. 

Supposedly the broken headshot hitbox stems from Brimstone’s animated state when placing smokes onto the map, according to Reddit user ‘howtotailslide.’


Was that not a head shot??? from VALORANT

“You should have totally gotten a headshot,” they said. But a few key animations are currently letting bullets fly right through headshot hitboxes. “There are some other animations like defusing” that are also impacted.

While Brimstone’s hitbox will continue to be a pain in your unrated and competitive games in the immediate future, a fix is in the works.

“We are looking into the issue,” confirmed Riot Sobey, in response to the clip. There’s no telling exactly when this particular issue may be resolved. However, complications like these are the exact purpose of a beta in the first place.


Brimstone-mains may find themselves actually dying to headshots more frequently once a patch is released. That may take some getting used to when the changes come through.

Every other Agent in the game should soon have a much easier time dealing with the bearded Controller now that Riot is looking into the bug.


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.