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Valorant change to the Tactical Knife would let players deny ult charges

Published: 28/May/2020 2:01

by Alan Bernal


Pulling out the Tactical Knife for a kill in Valorant has very little reward for the potential risk it poses, but issuing a small penalty for the humiliating death would add some value to the attempt.

Even with the extra Creds a knife kill awards, some players would rather pull out a pistol than sneak up for a would-be melee elimination. However, redditor ‘Novamosaqui’ thought of an alternate prize for making use of the knife’s lethality – at the cost of the victim’s Orbs.

“Make knife kills deny ult charge,” Novamosaqui suggested. “This way, you get a tangible but not game-breaking tactical reward for knifing people. Also, it just feels right.”

They don’t mention any change to the amount of cash a knife kill gives players. With the additional effect it has on the opponent, takedowns with knives would start to give strategic advantages teams can bank on.

Players are getting used to adding which Agent is holding what site when they make a callout to relay information.

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Kills for the Tactical Knife are incredible fun when successfully pulled off.

Many players agreed with the idea, noting that this form of punishment is more aligned with the important elements in Valorant.

Pulling up the score screen to see which opponents are close to having their ultimates, and then making a one-off strat to deny them, could add an interesting layer to Valorant’s combat.

That kind of targeting might not be something the Valorant developers would be keen to include in their game, since the glory of a knife kill should suffice.

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Giving players a punishment on top of getting knives isn’t the kind of ‘fun’ some Valorant developers image for the game.

“Hmm… While I do love the idea of providing a reward for knife kills (since they’re WAY harder to obtain), do you think it’s fair to equate rewarding one person with penalizing another?” Insights & Strategy developer at Riot Games Chelsea ‘aeneia’ said.

The dev noted that not everyone might enjoy the give-and-take approach, in that getting knifed would give an Orb to the killer while taking an Orb from the victim.

“I feel rewarded by not only humiliating, but debilitating another player’ doesn’t seem like it would translate for everybody,” she added.

Having the knife out is the quickest way of getting around the map, and for the time being it seems like that will be it’s only benefit it offers other than the extra money per kill.


How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 9:41

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3 starting at 1:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM EST / 9:00 PM GMT / 10:00 PM CET. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results


Thursday, December 3

Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Renegades vs TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Friday, December 4

Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Sentinels vs FaZe 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Saturday, December 5

Semifinals TBD vs TBD 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
TBD vs TBD 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!