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Riot responds to Valorant issue causing mysterious rank icon to appear

Published: 21/Jul/2020 6:21

by Brad Norton


A new bug in Valorant has caused players to de-rank at alarming rates while some were even placed in an entirely new tier on the competitive ladder.

Since the release of Valorant’s competitive playlist on May 1, just eight unique ranks have existed. From Iron 1 all the way through to Radiant, players have been grinding to achieve their best placement in the first Episode.


It can take quite a few exceptional performances and a number of consecutive wins to rank up. Therefore, losing and dropping down a few tiers is always going to sting. When a new issue surfaced on July 20 – one that saw players demoted much faster than usual – developers at Riot were quick to respond.

The issue impacted players in the North American region and was fixed relatively fast. Though a few individuals hit with the bug were exposed to something entirely new. A never before seen ranked icon.


Riot first responded to the problem by assuring that “aggressive” demotions won’t last long-term.” In fact, the issue was purely visual. Players were still maintaining their place in the rankings, “only the displayed rank” was actually impacted. 

Three hours later a fix was deployed for North American players. All you had to do was play one more ranked game to “get synced back to what your real rank is.” While there was much concern at first, the issue was squashed with no long-lasting ramifications. Valorant developer ‘riotriviera’ soon took to Reddit to explain more about the ranked hiccup.

“There was a misconfiguration on the rank display calculation, that put players in the wrong tier when calculating displayed rank,” they said. Though this added detail came in a particularly intriguing thread. Some players impacted by the de-rank problem were given a brand-new ranked icon and label.


‘Unused1’ appeared on-screen for Reddit user ‘jackson558wolf’ after winning multiple placement games. The icon is something entirely separate from all competitive ranks that we’ve seen thus far. Could it be indicative of a new tier coming soon? That remains to be seen.

Valorant ranked icon
Reddit: u/jackson558wolf
Upon finishing their placement games, this unused icon greeted them as their new rank.

Riot has already confirmed that changes are coming to the highest tier of play in Valorant. While developers wouldn’t provide a rough release window, perhaps this icon is the first leak of new ranks coming soon.

It could also be a simple icon that never saw the light of day. Only time will tell as developers continue to evolve the competitive experience in Valorant.


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.