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Riot hints at upcoming Valorant weapon skin themes

Published: 18/May/2020 22:38

by Alan Bernal


A new update from Riot Games gave the Valorant community clues on what weapon skins could be in development – and the developers are looking for early feedback on the possible designs.

In their “The Craft and Fantasy of Valorant Weapon Skins” post on May 18, the devs gave more details on the process that brings weapon skins from ideas into reality. It reiterated a lot of the same ideas from last week’s post about a “gameplay-first approach” with weapons, and this time it pertains to cosmetics.

But a well-placed photo in the middle of the company’s release treated eagle-eyed members of the game to, what could possibly be, a sneak peek for future skins designs.

Riot Games
The big board of Valorant stickies that contain skin concepts.

The labels written on the stickies were analyzed closely by fans like Reddit user ‘Entertain_the_Sheep’, revealing possible names such as Instrumental / DJ, WWII / Alternate History, Viking, and more.

Producer at Riot Games, Preeti Khanolkar, responded to the list of decoded names by opening up the floor to what could be one of the first chances for players to influence the kind of skins that enter Valorant.

“Not confirming or denying that any of these are happening (or if you’re decoding the scribble text on those stickies correctly :D), but which of those ideas is most exciting to you?” Preeti said.

Entertain_the_Sheep via Reddit
An unconfirmed list of ideas for Valorant skins from the stickies.

Though only brainstorm concepts, the Valorant Premium Content team are ideating new products that would appeal to players for them to buy into the proposed design.

Now that people caught onto where the team is thinking, Preeti opened up the floor to get direct feedback from the people that will be highly influential to the success or failure of a given skin.

The devs outlined the drawn out process to approve and formulate a weapon design within Valorant that, if enough players agree, could make it to the game.

It’s still up in the air if we’ll truly get skins that revolve around themes like Wilderness, Horror, comic book / classic animation, and Fast and Furious, but there are bound to be players itching for them.

With Valorant still in beta and a lot more changes to come, players should take these kinds of opportunities to flood the devs with valuable feedback before the game officially launches Summer 2020.


Valorant First Strike NA Finals – 100 Thieves and TSM make grand final

Published: 6/Dec/2020 1:55 Updated: 6/Dec/2020 2:00

by Andrew Amos


North America’s best Valorant teams are going head-to-head in First Strike Global Finals. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one will emerge victorious. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • 100 Thieves upset Sentinels 2-1 to book a spot in the Grand Final.
  • They’ll face TSM, who took down Envy 2-0 to start the day.
  • Grand Final starts Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 PM EST.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

The $100,000 First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcast on the official Valorant NA Esports Twitch 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 NA: Schedule & results

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TSM vs TBD 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Envy 0-2 TSM 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Sentinels 1-2 100 Thieves 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

100 Thieves set to play TSM in final

TSM and 100 Thieves are your Valorant First Strike NA Grand Finalists after two intense semi-finals. TSM swept aside Envy in a convincing 2-0 to kick off the day.

100 Thieves, however, have upset number one squad Sentinels 2-1 to make their first major grand final. The veterans pulled through, with numerous clutches from Steel and nitr0 giving them the edge.

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals Sentinels 2-0 FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
100 Thieves 2-0 T1 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Sentinels & 100 Thieves advance convincingly

Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s Sentinels beat up on fellow former Overwatch pros Shane ‘RawkusFlaherty and Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty of FaZe Clan to breeze through the quarters 2-0.

To finish Day 2 out 100 Thieves put on a show against T1, who put up a fight, but weren’t able to overcome Hiko and the gang, who rolled on 2-0.

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Envy 2-0 Immortals 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Renegades 0-2 TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Envy & TSM stride into semis

Victor ‘Food’ Wong’s Reyna and Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald’s Raze proved too hot to handle for Immortals on their surprise pick of Icebox. Ascent was a tighter affair, but Envy secured the series 13-5 (Icebox), 13-11 (Ascent).

TSM stormed through Renegades in convincing fashion. Both Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu and Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson ran rampant as they booked their place in the semi-final with a 13-1 (Ascent), 13-5 (Bind) win.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, the competition is high! Below are the teams taking part.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

  Team Players
1st TBD $40,000
2nd TBD $20,000
3rd-4th TBD $10,000
5th-8th T1 $5,000
FaZe Clan