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Valorant dev responds to calls for replay system

Published: 27/Apr/2020 11:09 Updated: 27/Apr/2020 11:21

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s closed beta has taken the tactical shooter genre to new heights, but Riot is already making headways towards improving the game post-launch by integrating a fully-fledged replay system.

Valorant is a tactical shooter like no other. After mitigating certain elements that have plagued first-person shooters for years (such as peeker’s advantage), Riot has pledged to maintain competitive integrity via their novel netcode and server infrastructure.


So with everyone on a level playing field, players have never been so dependent on making the right tactical choices inside the server. And that’s exactly where a replay system fits the bill.

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Riot’s changes to netcode in the backend makes for fluid gameplay on the frontend.

In essence, a replay system would give players the option to go back and watch demos of their gameplay to analyze and improve from, allowing them to view various perspectives when rewatching a match.


The concept itself has been done in rival titles with CS:GO’s ‘GOTV’ and Overwatch’s in-house replay feature — so the foundation of what ‘works’ is already there for Riot to build from.

Fans have a glimmer of hope that a replay feature will be coming to Valorant post-launch, after one player made their request on the Valorant subreddit.

The post garnered some attention from the community, and after some suggested it would be live at launch, one Dev clarified things. “We won’t have replays at launch (sorry!),” the Riot dev stated. “Definitely going to be there at some point soon… and not seven years past launch like League!”


In terms of any esports features (like in-game major tournaments) that will be included, the dev simply acknowledged that they haven’t nailed down the full specification of the system yet, when prompted about whether it would boast GOTV-esque features.

“Can’t commit to any specific feature list yet, but they sound like features that would be possible once we have the core replay system” the dev explained.

As for an expected ETA post-launch, the dev explained that they can’t provide a timeline, but hinted that elements such as esports observing tools and killcams might make an appearance once the system is eventually pushed live.


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.