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Riot Games teases “weirder” Valorant weapon skins after Elderflame

Published: 9/Jul/2020 21:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Riot Games have delved a bit into the creation of their Elderflame skin series, and hinted about creations we could see come to Valorant in the future.

The Enderflame skin bundle was first teased on July 8 and was a major hit with fans for the dragon-style flare given to weapons.

The skins will be available for a series of weapons including the Vandal, Guardian, Frenzy ,and Operator. Plus, as a bonus, it will come with a sweet exclusive knife so you can carve up your foes in style.

Speaking with Polygon, Valorant producer Preeti Khanolkar and art lead Sean Marino explained some of the difficulties the team had designing the skins, but said that the team would be pushing things even further in the future.

According to Khanolkar, if players take to the skins, the team will be seeing how much further and “weirder” they can get.

While she didn’t delve into specifics of exactly what this means, it’s crazy to think of how much wackier they can go considering the challenges they faced designing the skins.

“Ultimately, you just want to win your game, so [finding] what’s going to look cool but not be ‘pay-to-lose’ has been a challenge,” Khanolkar said.

Valorant's Enderflame concept art
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Concept art depicting the Enderflame Frenzy skin.

Some skins were almost cut from the line. Marino explained how the Operator was challenging to get right. “We were on the verge of cutting it, because it’s the only dragon that has wings. It was like, if you open up these wings, now it takes up all of your screen space, and that compromises competitive integrity.”

Making the skins feel “balanced” proved to be a problem even though they offer no advantages gameplay wise.

“[They] had a long summon animation,” Khanolkar explained. “It [was] this kind of swoopy ‘gun materializes’ thing. And it was cool. But everyone was like, ‘I hate this. I know it’s the same speed, but it feels slower and that messes with me.’”

Enderflame in Valorant
Riot Games
You don’t need Dragon Balls to summon this dragon.

However, after internal testing, which included some of the highest ELO players, they managed to get them to feel right.

The Elderflame skin lines launches July 10.


Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 NA and Europe: Streams, format, schedule

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:33

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is kicking off in 2021 with Stage 1. There’s plenty of action to come, so here’s the NA & EU VCT stream, schedule and more!

  • EU & NA Stage 1 Challenger events run from February 4 – 7.
  • Slots in the Stage 1 Masters tournament are on the line.
  • 100 Thieves and Team Heretics primed to defend their regional titles.

It’s Valorant Champions Tour time! If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here, and if you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need!

Valorant Champions Tour: Streams

The Valorant Champions Tour will be streamed on both the official Valorant Twitch, as well as the two regional channels. We have embedded those below for your convenience.

VCT NA: Stream

VCT EU: Stream

VCT NA & EU: Schedule

Both NA and EU’s Stage 1 kick off on February 4. While the times have not yet been released, all the dates you need are listed below:

VCT Stage 1 NA dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: February 18-21
  • Challengers 3: March 4-7
  • Masters: March 13-21

VCT Stage 2 EU dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: TBA
  • Challengers 3: TBA
  • Masters: TBA

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams will battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
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The VCT promises to be a year long Valorant fiesta!

VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1: NA & Europe teams

In Europe, teams like G2 Esports, Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, will be looking to snatch the glory from reigning First Strike champions Team Heretics.

Across the Atlantic in North America, 100 Thieves have a target on their back with TSM, Sentinels and Cloud9 Blue all keen on taking down the First Strike winners.