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Valorant beta expanding to Latin America, Brazil & South Korea soon

Published: 2/May/2020 1:19

by Bill Cooney

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Riot Games has announced that the Valorant beta will soon be available for players in Brazil, Latin America and Korea as they continue to prepare for a full release later this summer.

The Valorant beta launched in early April for North American and European players, while those in other regions have had to patiently wait for their turn to play.

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Now, users in the three regions mentioned above will finally be able to get access from drops and frag out in Riot’s new FPS starting May 5.

“Our top priority is getting as many of you, around the world, in the game as soon as we can,” Anna “SuperCakes” Donlon of Riot told fans, before adding that they’re also going to add a server based in Mexico City, as well.

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“As for Mexico City, we want to get you into this closed beta so badly, but this is where we’ve hit the majority of our infrastructure delays,” SuperCakes told players. “So while we might not be able to get you in exactly on the 5th, we will be getting you in as soon as we possibly can.

Oceania, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East will have to wait a little longer, but will eventually have access during the beta, she reassured players.

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Brasil has a storied CS:GO esports history, so it will be interesting to see how well Valorant is received.

Korea is often the country people look to as a shining beacon for esports, but historically, the nation has never really risen to the top in CS:GO.

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On the other hand though, Korean players absolutely dominate in Overwatch esports, so it will be interesting to see what kind of Valorant talent the nation can produce.

It’s never any fun sitting on the sidelines watching other people play a hot new game, and there are plenty of Korean, Brazilian and Latin American FPS enthusiasts chomping at the bit to get their shot.

Who knows? Maybe that player who will become one of the biggest names in Valorant esports will finally get a chance to play come May 5.

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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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