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Riot will fix ‘rough’ Valorant RNG for repeating maps in matchmaking

Published: 10/Sep/2020 21:56 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 22:00

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are going to fix an issue with Valorant’s matchmaking that assigns the same map to players for multiple matches in a row.

The developers said that they’re going to address the map selector’s RNG (random number generator) that determines which arena people drop into after finding a match. Riot is aiming to have a solution that will expand the scope of this RNG to allow for more map diversity in the game.


This will prevent people from landing on, say, Split for the duration of their games on a given day, with some people even trying to find solutions or workarounds for repeatedly getting the same maps.

While the Valorant community has been contending with this for some time, Riot Games Director Joseph Ziegler announced a new development in the works for the map selection system in the game.


“For everyone having a rough night where you get the same map too many times in a row: We’re working on a solution to make the map selector less likely to RNG you into the same map over and over,” Ziegler wrote.

It should be noted, since the Ignition Series launched, there are only four maps in Valorant; that includes Ascent, Bind, Haven, and the aforementioned Split. While some have posed that the solution could be fixed by introducing new maps, the devs are going to tackle what could be the root of the problem.

Players have been expressing their concerns with Valorant’s matchmaking map selector for months, attributing the problem to bugs or simply having bad luck.


The community have even invented alternate ways to tackle the issue, with popular DJ Anton ‘Zedd’ Zaslavski even throwing an idea into the mix.

“Maybe there could be a max amount of times you can play a map in a row (maybe three times max?) at which point a map-change is forced?” Zedd wrote. “I personally like that you CAN’T pick a map (also keeps cue times shorter). It prevents people from five-stacking and ranking up off of one individual map a bit.”

Zedd touched on the popular notion of introducing a matchmaking system from games like CS:GO into Valorant, in which someone can select which specific map to queue up for.


Riot hasn’t alluded to implementing something like that into Valorant, so the community will be hopeful that the RNG fix will mend the issues with the map selector as soon as it’s implemented.


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
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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.