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Shroud reveals specific changes Valorant needs to improve

Published: 23/Aug/2020 1:33

by Alan Bernal


Star Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek explained what he thinks Riot needs to change to improve Valorant, including an Agent with better flashes, a basic change to Operators, and more.

The former CSGO pro and longtime FPS king, shroud, has been vocal about all of the great things that Riot has accomplished with Valorant – as well as all of the game’s early shortcomings that it needs to get over.


Riot themselves are getting ready to fix some pressing issues they’ve found, like problems with Phoenix’s Curveball and possibly implementing countermeasures to stream-snipers.

But shroud thinks specific additions like a character with a potent flash against Ops and changes to Radiant would be a great way to start chipping away at Valorant’s problems.

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Shroud thinks a counter to Ops needs to come in more than one form.

Although there are a ton of tools for dealing with Operators, flashes from Phoenix and Breach aren’t really helpful since they’re easy to avoid.

“Imagine a Phoenix or a Breach flash,” he explained. “If you’re Op-ing a certain angle [they use a flash], chances are you can side-step and then step back in, and nothing happens.”

Shroud wants to see an Agent that can have a better time dealing with Ops, like a character than can manipulate a flashes trajectory like Jett can with her Cloudbursts.


But even then, that character would have a hard time dealing with the prevalence of Ops. A way to make sure there aren’t too many high-powered snipers in the game is to raise its price from 4500 credits to 5500, according to shroud.

He thinks that the way Valorant’s economy is set up, teams on a broken-buy can still make the 4500 purchase viable. But putting a higher tax on the weapon, somewhere near 5000-6000, would make people think twice due to the economical impact a bad Op purchase would have.

Finally, Radiant needs to not only be open to more than 150 slots but it also needs a way to track MMR within the highest rank to give elite players something to play toward.


As it is, there’s not much to do once you hit Radiant, leading people to make smurf accounts. Smurfing then leads to a litany of other issues in Competitive mode, so this change could improve various aspects of the game.

Riot is planning to stick with Valorant for a long time, and it’ll be interesting to see if the studio takes heed of shroud’s ideas that could make the game better.


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.

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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.