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Three incredible Valorant weapon skin bundles & images leaked

Published: 2/Jul/2020 0:23

by Bill Cooney


Valorant players have been slowly filling out their libraries of weapon skins since release, and now images of a few new awesome-looking collections have slowly started to show up.

Dataminers have also stayed busy since Valorant came out, and they’ve given us first looks at the BlastX collection, and more images of the Toy/Arcade and Drips/Asgard sets, all of which are unfortunately still unavailable.


First and foremost, we’ll look at the brand-new BlastX set, which definitely seems to be inspired by Buzz Lightyear from Disney’s Toy Story franchise.

It looks like we’ll be getting skins for the Phantom, Frenzy, Spectre, and melee weapon for this collection, but so far only a detailed look at the Phantom is available.

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It seems as though Riot plans on turning the Phantom into a Buzz Lightyear-themed NERF gun.

There are other images of the Frenzy and Spectre that have been turned up, but these are super low resolution. With the Phantom example though, we can get a sense of what the skins will eventually look like with a little imagination.

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If you squint, you can definitely see what Riot is going for here.

Files have also been found indicating the BlastX line will also include a melee weapon skin, but sadly, no images or blurry half-images have been dug up for that just yet.

Next, we’ve known about the Drips set and the Toy collection for some time, but now much higher resolution images of the upcoming sets have been discovered for most of the skins that will be included.

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The Asgard and Arcade collections will offer two very different styles for players to choose from.

The Arcade/Toy collection looks like the type of weapons you would use for an old school Nintendo or, appropriately enough, from those light shooter games you could find in arcades.

Drip/Asgard is sure to satisfy every player’s appetite for a nice, gilded skin, including those of us who came from Overwatch and miss using our golden guns.

Unfortunately, there’s no word as to exactly when these three new collections will come out, but we would expect to see the Drip/Asgard and Toy/Arcade sets released before BlastX, since more assets are currently available for those two.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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.