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Riot reveal how Valorant’s Competitive mode will work & beta release

Published: 24/Apr/2020 19:53 Updated: 24/Apr/2020 20:04

by Bill Cooney

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Riot developers have revealed when competitive play will finally be coming to the Valorant beta – but players will have to wait for a few more updates before they can get tilted on the ladder.

Valorant is currently approaching its third week of closed beta testing, and players have been itching for a competitive mode almost since release.

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It’s no secret that a ranked feature will eventually be coming to Riot’s new FPS, but exactly when we would get the chance  has remained a mystery – until a new update on April 24.

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The various ranks of Valorant – will you be permastuck in Iron or be able to grind your way to Immortal?

Riot’s Ian “Brighteyz” Fielding wrote in a blog post on April 24 that Competitive Play would be coming to Valorant with patch 0.49.

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“VALORANT’s Competitive mode uses the same in-game rules and format as the Unrated mode, but with a focus on higher-stakes competition,” Brighteyz revealed. “VALORANT’s competitive system is still in its early stages, and we plan to evolve it over time, but we have a core experience we wanted to share with you all in closed beta so that we can build and evolve the mode together.”

Unrated matches will still be available throughout the beta, while Competitive, when it launches, might go down “for short periods during the beta” Riot said, as they “work to refine the mode.”

Players will have to complete 20 Unrated matches to unlock Competitive play, and your beta rank will not carry over when the game releases fully, later in 2020, as explained by Brighteyz:

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In Valorant’s Competitive mode there are eight levels of rank, each split into three tiers: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and the aptly named top ranking VALORANT.

Obviously, winning games is the main way for players to rank up, but if you perform exceptionally well at your level, your rank can go up faster. On the other side of things, though, if you perform very poorly, you’ll see your rank decrease just as fast.

Personal performance plays a bigger part in determining your rank early on, but will decrease and become less important as you play more games, according to Riot.

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Competitive ranked play will finally be coming to Valorant in update 0.49.

You’ll also be allowed to queue with friends, but everyone in your party has to be within 2 ranks (or six tiers) of one another for Comp to be available.

Ranked play won’t be available until beta update 0.49, so we have a bit to wait before getting all sweaty. For reference, the April 21 patch was labeled as 0.47, so we have at least one more to go in between.

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So far Riot seems to be rolling out updates to Valorant at a rate of about once a week, so look for Competitive play to finally arrive around the first week of May, which leaves plenty of time to practice.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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
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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:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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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

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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:

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  • 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.

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