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Shroud reveals his surprising Valorant agent tier list

Published: 18/Apr/2020 10:51

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed his personal Agent tier list for Valorant’s competitive scene – and his ranking might surprise you as it goes against the grain. 

Ever since the Valorant closed beta launched on April 7, players have been trying to get to grips with Riot Games’ take on the first-person shooter genre. Aside from learning the new recoil patterns, the maps, and figuring out the timings of things, the biggest thing to learn are the different Agents. 

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Each Agent has their own unique ability that you have to combine together in order to pick up wins in Valorant. As players have had some time to figure out which is the best Agent for them, there has been lots of discussion about which one is the overall top dog. Though, Shroud’s pick isn’t who you might expect.

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Players have had plenty to get to grips with in Valorant.

During a recent stream, the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional was asked to rank the Agents in a tier list – though he went one step further and gave an actual rundown on who comes in first and who is last. 

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The Mixer star revealed that his top three choices are Cypher, Sage, and Sova, while Brimstone, Phoenix, and Breach follow just behind. Viper comes in seventh, Omen is eighth, and Jett is ninth – leaving the controversial Raze to wrap things up as the tenth best Agent.

Shroud noted that his current ranking is for Agents in a competitive setting – when you’re picking a composition to counter the enemy team and playing strategic – rather than running and gunning like a public match.

Though, he added that should Raze receive a nerf in some way because of her easy use in public matches, that could harm her even more in competitive play – making her a completely unviable option.

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Of course, any changes will come from Riot Games themselves once the closed beta portion of testing is wrapped up. So, we’ll just have to wait and see if anything changes come Valorant’s full release.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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

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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:

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  • 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.

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