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Shroud explains why Valorant’s Raze isn’t as overpowered as she seems

Published: 10/Apr/2020 15:51

by Daniel Cleary


Mixer streamer Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek explained why he thinks Raze isn’t as overpowered as many Valorant players have made her out to be.

The release of Valorant’s closed beta has attracted the attention of many, as over 1.7 million viewers have been watching streams on Twitch, hoping to get access and to test out the new character-based FPS title.


One character, in particular, Raze, has already received a lot of criticism, however, with fans claiming that having her kit full of damage-based abilities, compared to some of the other utility Agents, was too unfair.

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Valorant players have called for nerfs to Raze’s ability kit.

With many calling for Riot Games to make significant changes to Raze or even to delete the character before the game’s official launch later in the year, Shroud explained why he thought she was not as bad as players made her out to be during his April 9 broadcast.


The popular streamer claimed that people were likely to be overreacting and that it would not take much to balance Raze’s controversial kit, “Raze just needs a couple tweaks I think, she’s not that bad.”

Despite his claims, Shroud did admit that Raze’s lack of utility was quite unusual when in comparison with some of the other Agents, “the fact that her whole skillset is damage is strange, every other character has one damage ability.”

“She doesn’t need to get deleted, she just needs to get slightly changed, she’s not as bad as it looks right?” he asked, before going through her skills and listing some potential tweaks that Riot should consider.


He called for certain abilities such as Paint Shells to be toned down in damage or area of effect to improve Raze’s balancing issues in Valorant.

Shroud also revealed earlier in the stream that another reason why Agents like Raze look stronger is that some of the “less-flashy” characters, such as Cypher are being massively underappreciated for their outplay potential.

Despite many fans calling for changes to made to Raze, it still remains to be seen if Valorant devs have any intention on significantly nerfing the popular Agent before the game’s launch later in the year.


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.