Most Valorant players are still learning how to use all of the game’s Agents, but a Riot developer revealed on April 24 that one of them is already in line for a rework.
Omen is Valorant’s resident shadowy hunter, and his abilities (for now at least) can blind opponents, teleport himself across the map, and leave the enemy team wondering where he’s going to pop up next.
Throughout the first few weeks of the beta, you’ve most likely had an Omen player in most of your games, but even though the Agent is seeing a fair amount of playtime, devs apparently aren’t satisfied with where he’s at.
Omen hasn’t anywhere near as controversial as Raze, but devs are going to revamp him anyway.
During a live stream on April 24, Valorant’s lead character designer ‘RiotMorello’ told fans on stream that Omen would be seeing some changes in the coming weeks that are already being tested internally by Riot Games.
Morello said that Omen will still be able to use his smoke and blind abilities, but “the way they get cast and how they interact with the world is subject to change,” as explained in the stream recap from Valorant YouTuber Qwixzo.
Firstly, his blind ability, called Paranoia, which the designer called “unreliable”, will be retooled to affect more enemies within the animation, since right now it doesn’t give Omen players an accurate sense of what area will be affected.
Morello also said the Agent’s ultimate was being looked at, but of course, he left out the details of exactly what devs were toying. Qwixzo said he believes that the changes would mostly be “style-wise, and not affect the character completely, for now.”
In addition to having his kit tweaked, the dev let slip that Omen will be sporting a fresh new look in the beta before too long as well. The new model will add three parallel glowing lines running down what we assume is his face underneath the hood.
“You’re going to see that three Wolverine scratches, that’s his face, that’s what he’s going to look like,” he revealed. “We haven’t had time to finish it yet, but it’s gonna look dope.”
Based on this concept art, we would have to agree with Morello on this one.
Omen is quickly becoming a lot of Valorant players’ favorite Agents to use, in part because of the havoc he can cause for enemy teams, and he maybe even more popular following this update.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the Omen rework will go live, but Morello made it seem like it will happen sooner rather than later.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!