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Sneaky Valorant trick on Bind makes pushing for victory a breeze

Published: 28/Jun/2020 21:09

by Bill Cooney

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Valorant is a game just as much about positioning as it is about gunplay and accuracy, and there’s one spot on Bind in particular that should usually give you the edge over defenders.

Bind is one of Valorant’s original maps from beta, but it wasn’t until recently that players discovered the truly OP trick on B Long/B Lobby that will keep enemies guessing each round.

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In the clip below captured by Reddit user RA3M0N, the play starts out in B Lobby, where you have to jump on top of a cactus then hop up to stand on the wall at the very edge of the map.

From there, you’ll be high up enough where you won’t be anywhere near the enemy crosshairs if they’re peeking from Garden, and maybe even not in their line of sight, depending on how perceptive they are.

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Once you’ve pulled this off once, you can begin with the mind games in the same spot. If the defender starts aiming higher up expecting to see the ledge play, you can simply approach as normal and take them out that way.

Besides lightning-quick reflexes, you’ll also want to bring a weapon capable of instantly punishing the agent posted up on defense, which makes the Operator an obvious pick, as shown in the clip.

If you’re short on creds and looking to make a play, the Marshal can also work in a pinch, but you’ll need to be much more sure of your aim in order to punish defenders with just one shot.

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The Operator is capable of taking out enemies with a head or body shot within 50 meters.

If you’re on the other side of things and you keep getting annihilated while trying to defend B Long, it’s probably wise to simply wait inside of Garden or somewhere around the point itself instead of getting greedy and pushing up on defense.

This strategy is a clever one that could definitely earn you a few frags on offense, and if you’re looking for even more tips and tricks be sure to check out our official in-depth guide to Bind right here on Dexerto before your next match.

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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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