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Riot Games reveal changes coming to Valorant’s Spike Rush mode

Published: 21/Jun/2020 10:35

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s newest gamemode, Spike Rush, will be getting a little refresh as Riot Games looks to tweak both the Deception and Crippling Decay Orbs.

Plenty are eager to see what’s inside Valorant’s Patch 1.02, with a competitive playlist supposedly being added as part of the update. But what about Future Earth’s more casual gamemode?

Spike Rush has been growing in popularity since its release at launch. Following Patch 1.01, three new Orbs were introduced into the pool for selection. Now it looks like Riot are looking to make more changes to the gamemode.

Player defusing Spike on Ascent.
Riot Games
Spike Rush offers a faster pace alternative to the traditional Unrated alternative.

Deception Orb (Paranoia) change

The Deception Orb is a tricky one. Since opponents become nearsighted and their map is temporarily scrambled, it can leave an enemy team completely helpless if used at the perfect time.

This has caused plenty of players to call for its removal, given the overbearing nature of having to essentially ‘camp’ your way through until its effects wear off.

Since this is one of the three orbs introduced as part of Riot’s previous patch, the dev team will have no doubt been keeping a close eye on how it performs.

And, of course, a member of the team was on-hand to explain that Paranoia will be tweaked in an upcoming patch.

“Got some changes to both Paranoia and Decay coming soon. Should both be much less oppressive than they are currently.” Just how it will be made “less oppressive” is yet to be revealed.

Crippling Decay Orb being nerfed?

As it stands, capturing the Crippling Decay Orb reduces enemy health by 90% for 7.5 seconds — essentially forcing players to stop in their tracks or retreat to avoid being an easy target.

The disruption that this causes has led to some players calling for its removal. In response, Riot pledged to “find that nice middle ground” between the benefits it provides for capturing, while still giving Defenders a “fighting chance.”

While both Orbs are set to receive an overhaul, there’s no specific date for when they could be introduced. Of course, Patch 1.02 is most likely, but there’s no guarantee that the changes mentioned above will be pushed live in time.


Valorant First Strike EU Finals – G2 & Liquid fall, SUMN vs Heretics Final

Published: 5/Dec/2020 22:24 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 22:46

by Andrew Amos


Valorant First Strike Global Finals are underway with eight European teams competing to win the esport’s biggest tournament yet. We’ll keep you updated with all the action as it happens right here.

  • SUMN will face Heretics in Sunday’s Grand Final.
  • FPX unable to hold out against SUMN, falling 2-1.
  • Heretics top G2 2-1 in a showstopper match.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Stream

The $100,000 First Strike Europe Regional Finals are being broadcast live on the official Valorant EU Esports channel, as well as on the Valorant Twitch channel.

All the fixture details you need are below, so you won’t miss a match.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Schedule & results

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final Team Heretics vs SUMN 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Team Liquid 1-2 Team Heretics 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30PM
G2 Esports 2-0 Orgless 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

Liquid exit early, G2 through to semis

Liquid suffered a shock exit to Team Heretics in a thrilling three-map quarter-final. A dominant performance by Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran as Sage helped secure Heretics a Double OT win to close out the series.

Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas led G2 to a swift 2-0 win, despite a rocky start on the opening map. A series K/D/A of 39/31/7 for the Spaniard with Raze proved too hot to handle for the Orgless lineup.

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals SUMN FC 2-0 Purple Cobras 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30AM
FPX 2-0 nolpenki 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

SUMN knocks out Cobras, FPX cement their position

Day 2 seemed to separate the wheat from the chaff for First Strike Europe, with both SUMN and FunPlus Phoenix advancing with easy 2-0 wins. Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasiow led FPX in their win over nolpenki, and seemed to make a great case for himself as one of the smartest, most calculating players we’ve seen so far in First Strike.

On the other side of the bracket, SUMN FC has come out of seemingly nowhere to post one of the most impressive records yet, racking up an 89% win rate in the competition so far, which they kept going in a 2-0 over the Purple Cobras to make it to the Semis.

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Heretics 2-1 G2 Esports 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Heretics and SUMN go the distance to make it to grand finals

The third day of the EU finals might have had the best, most competitive matches so far, with Team Heretics starting things off by taking down the titans of G2, who have seemed untouchable in the tournament so far.

Not to be outdone, SUMN FC waited until what seemed like the last possible moment to start their comeback against FunPlus Phoenix, who started with a quick first map lead right out of the gate but weren’t able to keep it up in the end.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Teams & players

The big three of European Valorant have all made it. According to our First Strike predictions, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, and FunPlus Phoenix are among the favorites to take the title. Below are the teams taking part.

Team Players
G2 Esports mixwell, paTiTek, pyth, ardiis, Davidp
FunPlus Phoenix ANGE1, Shao, ShadoW, Meddo, Zyppan
Team Liquid ec1s, soulcas, Kryptix, L1NK, ScreaM
Nolpenki vakk, xajdish, cNed, JESMUND, zeek
Team Heretics loWel, pAura, nukkye, niesoW, AvovA
SUMN FC Boaster, doma, Mistic, Moe40, tsack
Purple Cobras fanCy, Hugstar, M4CHINA, VlaDéDé, Honeybee
OrglessV pipson, Happy, Boo, delezyh, hoody

Valorant First Strike Europe: Final Placements

  Team Players
1st TBD $40,000
2nd TBD $20,000
3rd-4th FPX $10,000
5th-8th nolpenki $5,000
Purple Cobras
Team Liquid