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Valorant dev explains upcoming Viper Snakebite and Toxic Screen buffs

Published: 22/Jun/2020 19:18

by Bill Cooney


Valorant’s Lead Character Designer Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott gave us a brief preview of some upcoming buffs during a recent stream that will definitely be a big upgrade for all of the loyal Viper mains out there.

Viper is a Controller Agent, which means that she can control the battlefield with her array of chemical devices, allowing her to distribute her toxins all over the map in a variety of ways to get in the way of the enemy team.

But there’s obviously something missing from her poisonous set of abilities – or at least Riot feels that way – because during a Q&A session with viewers, Morello revealed both her Snakebite and Toxic Screen abilities would be seeing significant buffs “coming soon.”

Snakebite, Viper’s Molotov-like ability, will soon be giving players that dare to tread through it an extra debuff called “fragile” that will increase the amount of damage agents take when affected.

[Snakebite] will apply a fragile effect that will last a very short time after you push out of it as well. Being shot during that time will make you take additional damage,” Morello explained. “Total damage for the Molotov itself will not be changed. But we’ll add this new debuff, which makes it very risky to push through.”

Her Toxic Screen wall ability will also get a significant upgrade, after which it will be able to completely pass through any wall or obstacle in its path.

“We’re going to allow her wall to be shot through walls, so she can pierce it through the map and leave valves along the way,” the developer revealed. “Going to allow her a ton of new wall placements options, because that wall is crazy strong.”

“There may need to be more after it but part of our ‘easing into balance’, we think this is a very critical buff and when that happens, we need to see how she lands afterwards because it’s a very substantial change,” Morello added, without revealing when these changes would be taking place, of course. “Between that and the snakebite buff providing fragile, I think she’ll be a lot more potent.”

Valorant's Viper.
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Viper could be a lot more powerful to play as and against once these changes happen.

As we mentioned before, Morello obviously didn’t give any exact dates to when we might see these Viper buffs take effect, but if he’s already talking about them on stream then we probably don’t have too long to wait.

While we might not know exactly when this update will drop, it’s worth keeping an eye on because even if you don’t play a lot of Viper, chances are you’ll get someone in your games who does, especially after these buffs.


How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 9:38

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour
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A step-by-step guide to the VCT format.

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour
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Qualifying for Valorant Champions isn’t easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.