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TSM Myth criticizes Valorant’s “dumb” ranked system

Published: 4/May/2020 13:40

by Jacob Hale


Popular TSM streamer Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani has criticized the ranking system in Riot Games’ new FPS effort, Valorant, calling it “trash” and “dumb.”

Valorant has become one of the biggest games on the market since it entered its beta phase, ahead of the highly-anticipated Summer 2020 release.


While most big streamers and professional players from a range of different titles are enjoying the game massively – Myth included – there are obviously things that need to be fixed ahead of the full launch of the game, and Myth believes the ranking system is one feature that needs work.

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Ranked play in Valorant has mostly been a hit among players.

Speaking on the game’s ranked play, which went live just a couple of weeks after the beta launched, Myth asks: “Why would you put 5 people that have probably been playing this game since release… against a bunch of solo players and one duo?”


He adds that this system “doesn’t make much sense,” explaining that solo queuers are being punished simply for wanting to play alone or not having others to play with.

He wasn’t done yet, though, saying that “if you solo queue in this game, you’re literally sabotaging your own rank. That’s just the truth.”

He added: “There’s a few other games that adopt the same system, but there are other systems that follow the thing that I’m talking about,” alluding to the idea that players who are solo queuing should be matched up with each other, while full 5-man squads should be matched up against each other, too.


After comparisons were drawn to the likes of CS:GO and Rainbow 6 Siege, whose ranked modes work similarly, he simply said that they too have a dumb system if that’s the case.

Obviously some people are quite enjoying ranked play in Valorant, though – on May 1, Cloud9 streamer Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo became the first North American player to secure the highest rank in the game.


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.