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Shroud and Summit1g clash over Valorant’s “overpowered” Raze

Published: 13/Apr/2020 11:31

by Connor Bennett


Streaming stars Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek got into a heated debate about Valorant’s Raze agent – with the latter suggesting that she isn’t as overly powerful as portrayed. 

Since the Valorant closed beta went live on April 7, players have been getting to grips with Riot Games’ foray into the FPS market. Aside from new mechanics, the biggest thing to master is the lineup of Agents.


Plenty has already been said about the characters, with many players suggesting that Raze – the game’s explosive expert – is pretty overpowered and already needs a nerf. That debate spread to Summit and shroud, with things getting pretty feisty between the usually friendly streamers. 

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Raze has become Valorant’s mostly hotly debated character.

With Summit playing Valorant separate from Shroud, his frustrations with Raze grew to the point where he wanted to chat with the former CS:GO pro about the Agent. The Twitch star claimed that the character’s abilities were already far too overpowered and she needed a nerf.


Though, Shroud disputed that, saying new players will choose often Raze and with the game only being a few days old, others hadn’t had the time to figure out ways to suppress her. “Raze is a free kill sometimes, right. A very well co-ordinated Orbital or literally anything – Viper Ult, Sova Ult, Phoenix Ult – is 90% better,” he added.  

Summit disagreed, however, asking why should Raze get “freebie” kills in any situation – seeing as every one of her abilities can lead to a kill. 

Yet, Shroud contested that as well, claiming that every character in the game has some pretty insane abilities – including Brimstone’s Orbital Strike. But Summit wasn’t having any of it.


“I’ve died to that less than the rocket and yeah, if it’s used properly it can be done well, of course, but it’s not overpowered, it’s done well,” he added. “Her s**t is a freebie, overpowered,” claiming that the character is “easy for all players” and not just newer ones.

While Shroud further preached patience with players learning the game and “running around blind,” Summit added one last dig. “That’s not an excuse for having a completely overpowered character, just because we haven’t played it enough,” he said.

Of course, both streamers have valid points but at the end of the day, changes will be made by Riot based on the data they have.


Once the Valorant closed beta comes to an end, and the developers start gearing up for a full release, they will no doubt make some changes to the current crop of agents.


Valorant First Strike: streams, schedule, format

Published: 17/Oct/2020 6:41

by Andrew Amos


Riot are now taking the reins with Valorant esports. First Strike marks Riot’s intentions of taking over the game, after giving community organizers the chance to give players a taste. There’s more on the line than ever before too.

We’ve had a taste of what Valorant esports could look like with the Ignition Series. Now, Riot are looking to up the ante to make sure Valorant sticks around for the years to come.


First Strike comes just months after the game’s release, and it’ll be Riot’s first endeavor operating the game’s esports scene directly. While there’s still community involvement, Riot are taking the reins.

It marks a shift towards a more League of Legends-style model of esports than the CS:GO-style of community tournament organizers. Whether this means regional leagues are down the line is anyone’s guess, but it’s a big step forward for any aspiring pros.


Here’s what you need to know about Valorant First Strike, from the regional events, how to enter if you are keen, as well as keeping track of the big winners across the world.

What is Valorant First Strike?

First Strike is a new global tournament series for Valorant. It will be organized and operated by Riot themselves, a change from the format they did for the Ignition Series.

Events will take place across the globe, with regions being divided up into major and minor. Major regions will get bigger prize pools and events, while smaller nations will still be supported as minor regions.


“First Strike will provide our thriving competitive ecosystem with the platform to showcase their greatness, build regional legacy, and a foundation that will support the esport for years to come,” Senior Director of Esports Whalen Rozelle told players.

Icebox in Valorant
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Icebox could be in play for the First Strike regional finals.

Valorant First Strike rules

There’s a few rules you need to follow if you want to take part in Valorant First Strike. First of all, some requirements: you have to be aged 16 or above, and have a rank of Immortal 1 or higher.

Teams also have to be made up primarily of players local to their respective regions. Three of the five members of each team must be local to each respective region they are playing First Strike in.


Valorant First Strike stream

While there are many regions, you can find all of the First Strike streams in one uniform place ⁠— on the official Valorant account. Individual regions will also have their respective events streamed on different accounts, depending on who Riot has licensed to run the event.

We’ve embedded the main stream below.


Valorant First Strike format

Each First Strike event will feature open qualifiers which lead into regional finals. Any team that meets the requirements are able to sign up and test their mettle to fight their way to the top.

The open qualifiers vary from region to region, but for the most part the open qualifiers will involve single-elimination, best-of-one brackets to help find the top eight teams in each region.

Once the top eight are decided, they’ll be sent off into a regional final across four days ⁠— December 3 to 6. From here, only one will be crowned the First Strike champion, taking away all of the regional bragging rights.

First Strike will take place across these regions:

  • North America (Major)
  • Europe (Major)
  • Korea (Major)
  • Latin America (Major)
  • CIS (Minor)
  • Turkey (Minor)
  • Japan (Minor)
  • Asia Pacific (Minor)
  • Oceania (Minor)
  • Brazil (Minor)

Valorant First Strike events schedule

Qualifiers for First Strike will be starting in late October, although not all regions have locked their dates in. This will lead into the regional finals in December.

We’ve listed the currently known qualifiers, schedules, and results below. Once more information is made available, we will let you know.

First Strike: Europe

Valorant First Strike Europe format

  • Open Qualifiers: November 9 to 22, four in total.
    • Top 16 teams from each Open Qualifier will progress to Play-Ins.
    • Top 16 teams from Play-Ins will progress to Playoffs.
    • Top 8 teams in Playoffs will progress to Regional Finals.
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

First Strike: Brazil

  • Open Qualifiers: October 17 to November 8. Four in total. Top 8 in each will qualify for Closed Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 17 and 18
    • Open Qualifier 2: October 24 and 15
    • Open Qualifier 3: October 31 and November 1
    • Open Qualifier 4: November 7 and 8
  • Closed Qualifier: November 14 and 15
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

First Strike: Korea

  • Open Qualifiers: October 6 to 28. Four in total. Top 24 teams across all Qualifiers will make Closed Qualifier.
    • Open Qualifier 1: October 6 and 7
    • Open Qualifier 2: October 13 and 14
    • Open Qualifier 3: October 20 and 21
    • Open Qualifier 4: October 27 and 28
  • Closed Qualifier: November 22
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6

More information can be found here.

First Strike: Oceania

  • Prize Pool: $20,000 AUD
  • Open Qualifier 1: Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25
  • Open Qualifier 2: Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1
  • Rise of Valour: November 14 to 29. Top 32 teams from Open Qualifiers.
  • Regional Finals: December 3 to 6.

More information can be found here.