Shroud, LIRIK, Nadeshot & more reveal Valorant first impressions - Dexerto

Shroud, LIRIK, Nadeshot & more reveal Valorant first impressions

Published: 31/Mar/2020 12:23

by Calum Patterson


Excited players will soon be able to get their hands on Valorant through the closed beta, but many top streamers got their chance early, and have been heaping praise on Riot’s entry into the FPS genre after their behind-closed-doors playtest.

Dexerto also attended the playtest, and we’ll have more about our own first impressions soon. But it’s clear that Riot are banking on influencers convincing their fans to try Valorant, and so what these streamers say is even more important than any review.


This is nothing new either, as games like Apex Legends also relied on the power of influencers on Twitch and YouTube to essentially do the marketing for them. So, here’s what the biggest names in esports, streaming and content creation had to say about Valorant.

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There’s a lot of hype surrounding Valorant.

If you’re not caught up, Valorant is Riot’s first FPS game and will take a round-based approach similar to CS:GO, featuring an economy system and attack vs defense setup. However, it features unique heroes with their own abilities, reminiscent of Overwatch.


A new contender in the crowded FPS market from a developer with Riot’s pedigree instantly caught the eye of many competitive players, as well as streamers. Summit1g has already claimed that he thinks it will be “10x better than Overwatch.

Former pro CS:GO player turned streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek will be one of the first people many will look to for a verdict on Valorant. He remained tight-lipped after playing though, only letting slip that it was “fun.”

Other streamers were even more excitable though, such as Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid, who was excited to play ‘Jett’ most, and got his wish and is now anticipating the beta.


100 Thieves boss and former CoD pro Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag had a “ton of fun” and is also excited for what the future holds. His fellow 100T member Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop said the game was a “total blast.”

These are just a handful of some the big-name creators who tried the game though, and so far we’re yet to find a single negative reaction on first impression. Of course, there is much more still to learn about the game, but here’s some of the most lavish praise given by top streamers and pros.

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These content creators will be sharing their recorded gameplay starting on April 3, before the closed beta goes live on April 7.

If you want to get into the beta you’ll have to get lucky, but here’s how to sign up and be in with a chance. There’s no official release date set for Valorant yet, only listed as Summer 2020 for now.


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

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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.