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Valorant dev confirms 5 free and more unlockable agents at launch

Published: 12/Mar/2020 13:34

by Joe O'Brien


A Valorant developer has revealed that the game will launch with around 10 agents, but only five will be automatically unlocked.

In an interview with IGN, Valorant executive producer Anna Donion stated that “of the ten or so agents available at Valorant’s launch, five will be fully unlocked out of the gate.”


As for the rest of the agents, however, it seems players will have to earn them. New characters will apparently be unlocked through an “engagement-incentivized model” that will also be used to unlock tiers on the game’s battle pass.

Valorant gameplay.
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Valorant will be released with “10 or so” agents available, but only five will be automatically unlocked.

However, for those without the time or inclination to play the game enough to unlock new agents, it will be possible to take a shortcut and simply buy the characters directly. Riot state:


“Players will have the option of earning in-game content through playing and engaging with the game, or they can choose to purchase desired content as a shortcut.”

This is a similar approach to the way Riot handles champions in League of Legends, where players can simply spend real money to buy characters, but it’s also possible to unlock them for free by earning in-game currency Blue Essence for playing the game.

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Different agents have different abilities in Valorant.

Agents in Valorant won’t offer any differences in base statistics like health, movement speed, or hitbox size, but each agent does have its own set of unique abilities. While all have access to the same weapons, the agents you have unlocked could influence the strategies you are able to run in the game.


It appears a similar system will likely be used for the game’s battle pass, which is set to offer both free and “premium” tiers. Riot have promised, however, that there won’t be the ability to pay for gameplay advantages, so players don’t have to worry about any “pay to win” features.

Valorant doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to launch in Summer 2020. Before then, there is expected to be a beta testing period that will give fans a chance to get their hands of the game, but Riot have yet to announce any official details.


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.