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Riot Games dev hints that Valorant won’t allow stretched res

Published: 11/Mar/2020 15:24

by Calum Patterson


Riot Games’ upcoming FPS title Valorant is aiming to compete with CS:GO for a share of the very saturated market, appealing to  Counter-Strike players with a variety of features, but one crucial element could be missing when the game launches.

The developer has been vocal about 128-tick servers and the end of ‘peeker’s advantage’, as well as a hard stance against cheaters — all music to the ears of longtime competitive FPS players.


Bragging about these intentions so prominently, it’s clear that Riot know what people are asking for in a truly innovative title. There’s still lots to be announced though, and it looks like one crucial setting might be lacking in Valorant — the options for stretched resolutions.

Stretched resolution in CSGO aiming at an enemy
Using a stretched resolution can make enemies and objects appear wider, making them easier targets.

In many PC titles, it’s possible to use a different aspect ratio and resolution to create a ‘stretched res’. This is often used by players who feel that it gives them an advantage, as targets appear wider, taking up more pixels, and are therefore easier to hit (in theory).


Stretched resolutions actually caused a big controversy among competitive Fortnite players, when Epic Games removed the option from the game and told players it was no longer going to be allowed in competitive matches.

It looks like Valorant may already be in for a bit of controversy of its own though, as Senior Game Designer Trevor ‘Classick’ Romleski has suggested that stretched res will not be an option in the game. As players have been trying to practice their aim before Valorant releases, Classick advised: “If you’re going to use 4:3, I would recommend NOT stretching if you’re practicing for Valorant.”

The dev continues, “I know this will be a topic of discussion, and it will be a later conversation I’d like to have with you all.” This appears to leave the possibility of stretched res coming later, but for now, Riot are advising not to use stretched res in preparation for Valorant.


For some players, especially those coming from CS:GO, it’s possible this could be a deal-breaker for them, particularly those who currently play on a 4:3 stretched resolution.

It’s possible that Riot is preventing stretched res in the interest of balance, so that a player can’t get an advantage by switching their resolution. This was the case for Fortnite, but mainly because Fortnite is cross-platform, meaning console players didn’t have the option at all. Valorant is set to be PC only, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

In the interest of fairness, Riot has already confirmed that all the characters or ‘Agents’ will have identical hitboxes. The lack of stretched res could be another effort to maintain this consistency in gameplay.


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.