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Riot Games confirm new Valorant modes and Agent to be added in Act II

Published: 29/Jun/2020 19:54 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 20:25

by Bill Cooney


Valorant players are currently in the thick of the first battle pass and Act 1, but now Riot has filled us in on what we can expect to see coming next, including a new Agent and additional game modes.

Since release, executive producer Anna Donlon has become sort of the IRL face of Valorant, and in a video update posted June 29 she gave us a ton of info on what’s coming next to the team-based shooter.

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Reyna was the new Agent for Act I and the first one to be brought out post-beta.

Valorant’s next big content drop will come at the beginning of Act II. There are three Acts lasting two months each in each episode, which last for six months altogether.

We’ll see six Acts a year, which means six new characters for every trip we take around the sun, since a new one will be arriving with each Act, according to Donlon.

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We also got a preview of the next agent, or at least a silhouette of them.

“We’re targeting about six agents a year,” Donlon explained. “We really need to follow your [the players] cue here, how many agents are too many? How many are too few? But right now six is the sweet spot, so six is what we’re targeting.”

The shot in the video is also the first look at all we’ve seen of the new agent, who, at first glance, seems to have the same hairstyle and jacket as Crypto from Apex Legends. Other than that though, it’s hard to tell

As for when Act I will end, we’ve already heard from other Riot devs that it will wrap up on August 2, with Act II beginning shortly after, possibly just a few days.


Donlon revealed that Riot devs are actually “accelerating development” on new additional game modes for players, but didn’t say exactly when we could see a new one.

“We’re not really sure yet exactly when we’re going to release modes, whether at the Act or Episode level,” she said. “But what I can say is you’re likely to see a new one before the beginning of Episode II.

Valorant Executive Producer goes over a ton of other info and details in the video above that we didn’t have room to include here, so if you’re at all interested in what’s coming next for the game, we definitely suggest you take a few minutes to watch the whole thing and follow us on Twitter @ValorantUpdates for the latest news as it happens.


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.