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Valorant Agent Killjoy revealed: Abilities, release date, more

Published: 29/Jul/2020 16:01 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 10:29

by Andrew Amos

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We’ve seen everything about her, but now it’s official. Riot has unveiled Killjoy to the world, and Valorant’s 12th Agent looks to take over the game with her strong area denial utility ⁠— including a turret.

Weeks of Valorant leaks have led up to this moment. Killjoy is finally here. The 12th Agent in the game will soon be making her arrival to Future Earth for everyone to run around with.

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The German technician won’t be coming quietly either. With her signature bright yellow jumper ⁠— just like the Vertraulich card that many theorized to be based around her ⁠— you’ll know when you’re squaring off against a Killjoy.

What are Killjoy’s abilities?

Described as “the Genius of Germany,” Killjoy’s utility is all about area control ⁠— whether it be with her Nanoswarm molotovs, her Alarmbot, or her divisive Turret.

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“Killjoy effortlessly secures key battlefield positions with her arsenal of inventions. If their damage doesn’t take her enemies out, the debuff her robots provide will make short work of them,” Riot told players in her character biography.

  • Ability 1 (C) ⁠— Alarmbot: Equip a covert Alarmbot. Fire to deploy a bot that hunts down enemies that get in range. After reaching its target, the bot explodes, applying Vulnerable. Hold equip to recall a deployed bot.
  • Ability 2 (Q) ⁠— Turret: Equip a Turret. Fire to deploy a turret that fires at enemies in a 180 degree cone. Hold equip to recall the deployed turret.
  • Signature Ability (E) ⁠— Nanoswarm: Equip a Nanoswarm grenade. Fire to throw the grenade. Upon landing, the Nanoswarm goes covert. Activate the Nanoswarm to deploy a damaging swarm of nanobots.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) ⁠— Lockdown: Equip the Lockdown device. Fire to deploy the device. After a long windup, the device Detains all enemies caught in the radius. The device can be destroyed by enemies.

What will Killjoy’s Agent contract look like?

Killjoy’s Agent contract will have eight rewards on offer — down from the ten all other Agents have. The two main rewards left off the list are a player card and a special Agent-specific weapon skin at max level. It’s unclear if the Level 3 or Level 9 player card has been left out.

Outside of that, players will have access to three special sprays, two titles, a gun buddy, a player card, and the Agent herself (presumably at Level 5). The experience required to level up the contract should be the same as other Agents too, despite the missing contract rewards.

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Killjoy's turret concept art from Valorant
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Killjoy’s turret has divided players.

When will Killjoy be released in Valorant?

You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on Valorant’s newest Agent. Killjoy will be released with the start of Ignition Act 2 on August 4.

Patch 1.05 won’t be all about Killjoy ⁠— although she is front and center. A new ranked system is being implemented into Valorant to replace the current model, while a new game mode in FFA Deathmatch could also potentially be added.

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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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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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