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Valorant devs reveal over the top Christmas skins coming soon

Published: 9/Dec/2020 1:47

by Brad Norton

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Christmas-themed skins are on the way to Valorant as Riot Games has lifted the lid on two of the most unique sets thus far. From what they all look like, to how much they’ll run you, here’s everything you need to know.

New weapon skins are always eye-grabbing in Valorant. Not only do the developers bring some new visual flair with each drop, but more often than not, fresh skins come with completely new functions.

We’ve seen fully animated dragons on some weapons while others have simpler, static redesigns. Catering to the best of both worlds, Riot has provided a first-look at two upcoming skin sets that will arrive right in time for the holidays.

There’s the Winter Wonderland set and the Blast X pack. These new additions could not be more different from one another, though both will bring some festive spirit to the tactical shooter very soon.

Valorant’s new Winter Wonderland skins

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A first-look at the Winter Wonderland skins while in daylight.

First up is the Winter Wonderland set. The idea for these skins originally came about in 2018 but are only just now seeing the light of day, Valorant devs revealed to German content creator ‘aSmoogl’ on December 7.

Similar to the previous Nebula skins, these give off the visual of “looking at a world through your gun.” Rather than just a new colour or a slightly different model, these weapons are almost glass-like in their appearance. Inside, you’ve got an entire town to look at from all kinds of angles.

As though it’s a dynamic snow globe of sorts, the weapon even recognizes where you are on any given map. “When you go over to the dark, it’ll actually change to a night version of the scene,” the devs explained.

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A first-look at the Winter Wonderland skins while in a darker space.

This original form of customization will be available for the Ghost, Phantom, Vandal, Marshall, and of course, come with a new Melee weapon too. It’s worth noting that this marks the first skin line in Valorant history to come with both a Phantom and a Vandal option.

The Melee weapon doesn’t go for the snow-globe effect, but still keeps the Christmas spirit intact. Rather than a simple knife, you’ll actually be able to purchase a candy cane Melee weapon. 

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A first-look at the Winter Wonderland Melee weapon.

“There are no variants for the skins themselves,” they revealed. However, “for the Melee, we thought it would be appropriate to have some.” You’ll be able to get your hands on a traditional red and white candy cane, alongside a blue, green, and even rainbow variant too.

Blast X Skins coming soon to Valorant

Valorant Christmas skins
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A first-look at the Blast X weapon skin.

Next up is the Blast X bundle. You may have seen earlier leaks of these floating around, but they’re now locked in for a Christmas release. Available for the Spectre, Odin, Frenzy, Phantom, and with a Melee option as well, this unique set brings the notion of gift-giving to Valorant.

The skins themselves are redesigns of the standard models. Taking inspiration from toy guns, they provide a vibrant look with their white, purple, and green aesthetic. Though that’s not where the fun ends. “Level 3 is a bit of a trip,” they teased.

Once you’ve leveled up your weapon of choice, there will be a ridiculous animation for you. You actually unwrap the weapon each time you equip it, as though it’s a Christmas gift.

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Blast X weapons will be unwrapped every time you equip them.

“That’s the kind of feeling we wanted with this, you’re excited to get a present and you tear the paper off.”

For the unique finisher, you literally wrap your final opponent in a box. As they go down, an enormous gift box appears around them, a ribbon seals them inside, and they vanish in a bang as confetti flies out.

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Enemies will be chucked into a giant gift box for the final kill.

Not only that, but the weapon also has some unique rounds as well.

Valorant Christmas skins
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Rubber darts actually stick into walls after being shot out of your Blast X weapons.

Rather than shooting proper bullets, it shoots out rubber darts that can stick into non-penetrable surfaces and stay there for the rest of the round.

How much will Valorant’s Christmas skins cost?

While the developers showed off the new sets from every angle, not much was revealed in terms of pricing. Given how similar the Winter Wonderland skins are to the Nebula set, it would be safe to assume a similar price here. Those skins cost 1,775 VP each, while the Melee weapon costs 3,550 VP.

There’s no telling how expensive the Blast X cosmetics will be, however. We also don’t have a set date locked in for either set just yet, but given their Christmas-theme, we can safely expect them to appear in-game rather soon. Perhaps even aligning with the upcoming Snowball mode on December 15.

FIFA

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 17 live: release time, leaks, predictions

Published: 20/Jan/2021 7:57 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 7:58

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 17, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the next in-form team of 2021, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

There’s a number of stars that could slot into the in-form Ultimate Team lineup this week, including Bayern’s Thomas Müller, who had a hand in two goals against Freiburg as man of the match, and Lorenzo Insigne, for a goal and assist.

Ajax’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also wound back the clock with a late goal for his ladder-leading Amsterdam side against FC Twente. It would be his first in-form since April, 2019.

Perhaps the biggest game of the week played out at Anfield. There, defending champs Liverpool and archrivals United slugged it out for first, though neither could strike a knockout blow; in part, thanks to TOTW 17 contender Allison Becker.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week FIFA 21 promo so far, including when the Team of the Week lineup will drop, and Dexerto’s weekly predictions.

John Stones scored twice for Manchester City last weekend.
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John Stones scored twice for Manchester City last weekend, and kept a clean sheet.

Team of the Week 17 start time

On Jan. 20, FIFA publishers EA will release the fifteenth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 17 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 17 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 17 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week cards slip ⁠— after hilarious moments ahead of both TOTW 7, and more recently 10, when they accidentally shipped 11 upgraded cards early, they’re likely playing it extra safe.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 17 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Another lethal Wissam Ben-Yedder could be on its way to terrorize FIFA 21.
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Another lethal Wissam Ben-Yedder in-form could be on its way to terrorize FIFA 21 players.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 17 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 17 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Alisson – Liverpool
  • Stefan Ortega – Arminia Bielefeld
  • Layvin Kurzawa – PSG
  • Thomas Meunier – Borussia Dortmund
  • Sofiane Alakouch – Nimes
  • Patrick Mainka – FC Heidenheim
  • John Stones – Manchester City
  • Peter Zulj – RSC Anderlecht
  • Youri Tielemans – Leicester City
  • Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar 
  • Tanguy Ndombele – Spurs
  • Nicolò Barella – Inter Milan
  • Salvador Agra – CD Tondela
  • Sammy Ameobi – Nottingham Forest
  • Luis Alberto – Lazio
  • Matheus Pereira – West Brom
  • Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich 
  • Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli
  • Wissam Ben Yedder – AS Monaco
  • Donyell Malen – PSV
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Ajax
  • Luka Jovic – Frankfurt
  • Charlie Wyke – Sunderland
Alisson was key for Liverpool as the champs kept United scoreless at Anfield.
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Alisson was key for Liverpool as the English champs kept United scoreless at Anfield.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 17.

Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!