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Riot Games tease Valorant weapon skin toggle feature could be coming

Published: 31/Jul/2020 22:01 Updated: 31/Jul/2020 22:09

by Michael Gwilliam


In a new Valorant blog post, Riot Games have explained that they considered giving players the option to disable weapon skin animations, but ultimately decided against it. However, they may have something else up their sleeve for a future update.

Valorant’s weapon skins are some of the sharpest-looking out of any game on the market, with the new Elderflame variants sparking a lot of interest among fans.


While they certainly look very cool, they can be quite distracting- and for a highly tactical, competitive game like Valorant, the devs understand how that can be a problem.

When asked if they ever “considered an option to disable the special animations” or sound effects on weapons, Valorant’s art lead Sean Marino and producer Preeti Khanolkar weighed in.

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Valorant’s Elderflame skins have incredible animations.

“Yes, we discussed this a lot before launch,” they revealed. “There are a few things that we had to consider first before we started building any tech to support something like this, including how players would react to custom effects, animation, and sound.”

According to the developers, they’re “committed to fixing anything that compromises the competitive integrity of the game.” They further added that they try to build skins so they aren’t something that players will want to disable, but admit that different players will have different tastes.

“In terms of the feasibility of turning off different skin elements individually, the possibilities become infinitely complicated,” they explained. “What if I want animations but not the effects? How does that look? Or I don’t want the audio, but I want the animations and/or effects?”

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The Elderflame skins were a big hit.

With so many potential options for changes, they decided that they couldn’t ensure the quality would remain – and that wasn’t something they wanted to risk.

That said, it is possible that some sort of toggle system could be coming in the future.

“What is more feasible is enabling the option for a player to toggle between all the levels of a skin they own. This way, if you own a Level 4 Elderflame Operator, you can still toggle down to Levels 1-3, rather than being stuck only using Level 4,” they teased.

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There’s no telling what the next batch of skins will include.

However, something like this would take time to implement and would cause engineers to take time away from working on other important gameplay features.

“All that said, we recognize the value in Skin Level Toggling, and it’s something we want to invest in,” the developers concluded.


Hopefully, we end up seeing such a feature sooner rather than later, but don’t expect to see anything like this in the near future. Still, it’s nice to see it’s on the list of things that they want to implement.


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

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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.