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Shroud explains why Valorant’s Omen isn’t as powerful as he seems

Published: 1/May/2020 12:21

by Connor Bennett


Streaming superstar Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why Valorant’s Omen Agent isn’t quite as powerful as some players might think – noting that it could be pretty “readable” in competitive play.

Ever since Valorant’s closed beta launched on April 7, players have been getting to grips with Riot Games’ take on the tactical shooter genre. The response has been pretty positive, with players who have tried the game praising what the League of Legends devs have done. 


Even though the closed beta has been live for a few weeks, fans are still learning characters – and with the added wrinkle of ranked play building to a competitive esports scene, some assessment of the Agents will no doubt change.

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Omen has become a regular figure to see in Valorant matches.

For Shroud, his assessment of Omen – who he had ranked as a C tier Agent – has seemingly changed in relation to competitive play, as he suggested that the Shadow Hunter won’t be as powerful as you might think. 


“I mean, Omen is not bad, but there’s a reason why I think he’s B tier,” said the former Counter-Strike professional during his April 30 stream.

“Like, I think even though he’s really, really good, he is very readable – as in like, if you take two good teams and pit them up against each other, and one team knows that the other team has an Omen that is really, really skilled, pretty much they can review and go over how that guy plays Omen.”

Shroud noted that there are “different ways to play Omen,” be it as a disruptor, initiator, or lurker, but it wouldn’t take too long to figure out a playstyle for a specific player.


Obviously, that changes in normal matchmaking when you don’t have a video or scouting report on the opposing Omen player, but it is something that would affect esports competition. 

Teams could shake up their selection of Agents to try and throw opponents off but if you’ve got a pretty set playstyle, it wouldn’t be all that difficult to counter either.


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
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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:

  • 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

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.