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Valorant dev reveals changes to Omen abilities & appearance coming soon

Published: 25/Apr/2020 0:00 Updated: 27/Apr/2020 14:53

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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

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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:

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  • 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.

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