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Valorant April 14 hotfix patches Cypher exploit, audio issues, more

Published: 15/Apr/2020 3:21

by David Purcell


Riot Games have announced a brand new hotfix in Valorant, patching a number of exploits in-game, including one for Cypher. 

The new update rolled out across Europe for its players on April 14, with North America players expected to get the same treatment the following day.


While it’s still in beta, members of the Valorant community have been discovering several bugs and exploits in the first-person shooter game. As you would expect, its developers have moved to address them. One of these exploits saw players allowed to use Cypher’s Spycam to shoot enemies, which wasn’t the purpose of the ability.

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Cypher’s Spycam ability was being used for a very different purpose in Valorant. That exploit, among others, has been patched.

The latest hotfix was announced via the official Valorant Twitter account with a number of in-game issues being seen to.


According to the post, the hotfix will make Cypher’s camera “less lethal” under certain circumstances, will patch a number of other map exploits, and fix audio issues that have seen sound drop after consecutive games.

When is Valorant’s hotfix coming to NA?

Those based in North America can expect the game queues to freeze at around 4:30 am PT (7:30am EST) on April 15, go offline soon after, with an expected downtime lasting until 8am PT (11am EST).

With players stumbling across a number of map exploits in Valorant’s closed beta, the tweet may lack detail in terms of which have been removed, but there’s a good chance the more popular ones will be included in this hotfix.


Fixing the audio issues in-game will also be a welcome change for the community, too. Players can see the full extent of the hotfix the next time they drop into the game.

You can find the full closed beta patch notes below.

Valorant closed beta April 14 hotfix notes

  • Cypher’s camera made less lethal under certain circumstances
  • Patched a number of map exploits
  • Fixed audio dropping after consecutive games

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.