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Summit1g explains why Sage is Valorant’s most overpowered Agent

Published: 20/Apr/2020 10:57

by Andy Williams

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Popular Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar has delved into why he’s switched his stance from Raze being Valorant’s most overpowered Agent to Sage.

Following the launch of Valorant’s closed beta on April 7, Raze has been making waves as the latest addition to the tactical shooter’s roster of Agents.

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With Raze’s high damage output from her abilities, there has been plenty of controversy surrounding whether the explosive Duelist should receive a nerf prior to launch, with lead developer Trevor Romleski even taking the liberty to address the ongoing Raze meta.

Valorant's Raze.
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Raze has a host of explosive abilities, which can change the landscape of a round in the blink of an eye.

Summit has previously been vocal about just how overpowered Raze is, even claiming that the rocket-wielding Agent “needs to be deleted” altogether.

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However, it appears that Lazar has had a change of heart, as he now believes that Valorant’s in-house medic, Sage, is actually the most overpowered character in-game.

“My shift on who the most overpowered characters are, are a little bit different now,” the 32-year-old began. “Raze is not number one – Sage is absolutely the number one [Agent] in the game without a doubt!”

Clearly irate, Summit delved into exactly what makes the character so powerful. “She has a f**king heal for all your teammates; she has a f**king [resurrection] to get your team back into a game. She has a f**king ice wall that goes up, which covers a significant amount of space; you can boost with it and it takes time to break,” Lazar explained to his fans.

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Yet, the popular streamer wasn’t done there, as he perhaps saved the best until last when he touched on Sage’s Slow Orbs, stating that they disperse over a large surface area while also being combined with other Agent’s abilities — such as slowing enemies before throwing Raze’s Paint Shells to ensure your foes can’t escape.

Valorant's Sage.
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Could a nerf be on the cards for Sage?

With a Raze nerf potentially imminent, Sage could perhaps be boosted into a league of her own, as the Agent currently stands side-by-side with Raze in S-tier as part of our Agent rankings.

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Whether both S-tier characters will receive a nerf is another question altogether, given that Riot has yet touched on Sage’s abilities and whether or not they intend on tweaking her abilities.

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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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