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Valorant devs are fixing Sage wall boosts in closed beta patch

Published: 14/Apr/2020 6:03

by Andrew Amos

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Sage’s walls have proven to be a bit of a nuisance in Valorant, allowing agents to hold surprising angles. The creativity of the community has caught Riot off-guard too, and now they’re ready to patch out some of the more egregious boost spots.

Sage might be Valorant’s dedicated healing agent, but her walls have proven to be lethal. Players have been tinkering with boosting allies on Sage’s wall to get to obscure spots opponents will never check.

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However, these quirky spots haven’t gone unnoticed by Riot, and some of them will be patched out very shortly.

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Sage’s walls are being fixed shortly in Valorant.

Valorant game director Joe Ziegler has mentioned after an influx of reports, some of Sage’s common boost spots will be removed from the game.

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“For those of you who have been reporting Sage wall issues with boosting into weird places, we are definitely working on fixing these. Stay tuned,” he said in an April 13 tweet.

Some of these spots are intended, especially when it’s on flat ground looking over objectives. However, Cypher and Sage boosts have proven to be incredibly powerful, especially when it’s at an off-angle.

The floating walls Sage can place have also made way for ‘one-way’ smokes, with people drawing comparisons to CS:GO. It’s a two-for-one special ⁠— you can have someone on the wall, and someone watching below.

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Players have been calling for these wall mechanics to be removed, although how Riot go about fixing them is still being debated. Sage’s wall operates a lot like Mei’s wall from Overwatch, which can be put onto any ground a player can stand on.

Forcing players to put it on flat surfaces, or implementing gravity so it can’t float, are two options some players have called for.

Riot are also looking at removing some of the angles players can look at, either by adding more assets onto the map to cut certain sight-lines, or adding invisible hitboxes.

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There’s been a few balance concerns with Valorant’s closed beta, especially regarding Raze and other agents. The game’s first patch, expected to come out on April 15, will not have any balance changes just yet.

However, players can expect some changes coming soon though as Riot looks to brush up things before the game goes public for everyone.

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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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