Twitch star Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar has explained why Raze’s rocket launcher ultimate is Valorant is a pretty bad ability – even though he claims it isn’t as overpowered as some might think.
Ever since she was revealed following the launch of the Valorant closed beta, Raze has become one of, if not the most, divisive characters that Riot Games has put out – splitting opinion between players.
Valorant’s explosives expert has been blasted for having abilities that are too powerful – with players taking aim at her paint shell cluster grenades and C4-like blast packs. Though her ultimate, a rocket launcher, is meant to be the most powerful ability of all – Summit believes it isn’t as overpowered as previously claimed.
Raze debuted in Valorant on April 7, and quickly became the game’s most divisive character.
During his April 23 stream, the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player explained that while annoying, Raze’s ultimate isn’t the problem. “I don’t think her rocket is necessarily overpowered,” he said. “I think her ‘nades are in a fine spot the way they changed it, I still am a believer that the rocket launcher is just so narrow-minded and such a s**t f**king ability to have in this video game.”
Summit continued on: “I don’t necessarily think it’s overpowered, I just think it’s going to bulls**t you from time to time and it’s going to be really f**king annoying – or cost you a game or something like that. It’s just not a deserved s**t. The leader of the 1G Squad noted that Raze is like D.Va in Overwatch, it’s a character he’ll see plenty of in-game, but he won’t “respect” the player using it because it is “easy.”
Of course, the criticism of Raze has already led to some tweaks to her abilities during the first real update in the beta – as Summit pointed out.
Whether or not Riot will go all out moving forward, changing her up even further, however, is up in the air. The beta is the perfect time for them to assess all the data, player complaints, and every other tool they have to decide if she needs tweaking one way or the other.
The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers started on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition. However, only one could be the winner, and that was Cloud9 Blue.
First Strike is being called “the first major in VALORANT esports,” at least by Riot Games and their organizing partners Nerd Street Gamers.
There are certainly enough teams to keep track of as the bracket of the first Open Qualifiers get going. Let’s get right into it and give you a rundown of the week’s action if you missed it.
Cloud9 Blue win NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier over Envy
Envy were fast out of the gates in the Grand Final of the NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier against Cloud9 Blue.
They took a hold of Ascent, and looked like the more clean and coordinated team as they eked out the win on the final round of regulation.
However, it may have just been a flash in the pan. Cloud9 hit back hard on their pick of Split, and it was easy to see why they picked it. TenZ solo out-fragged the entirely of Envy in the first half, and ended up with 29 kills when all was said and done.
The 11-1 score line at halftime was too much for Envy to overcome, eventually falling 13-7.
Cloud9 rode that Split momentum into Bind in the final-map decider. While Envy won the pistol on attack, Cloud9 steadied the ship to go on a spree. They won the next seven rounds to cement their lead, and put Envy on the back foot in the second half yet again.
Cloud9’s aggressive B-site takes on attack overwhelmed Envy’s defence, as they continued to push forward on the gas. Envy only got one round on their defence as they were decimated 13-5 on the final map, with Cloud9 securing the title and the first seed heading into the Closed Qualifier.
[First Strike | #VALORANT]@Cloud9 Blue are your NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier champions, taking down @Envy in the final!
The Valorant First Strike tournament is the first of its kind for Riot Games’ newest FPS. The tournament kicked off with 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers, which got cut down to 32 teams.
All of the top 16 teams will advance to the first official qualifier on November 4 – 8, so being included on the podium here is more about pride than anything else.
As long as teams finish in the upper half of the 32-team bracket, they’ll get another chance in the second round of opening qualifiers.
With the NA qualifiers in full swing, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier schedule and results
The competition began on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open, with each day seeing further action at the same time until October 30. This whittled down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier on November 4.
The top four teams from the closed qualifier will advance straight to the First Strike main event. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.