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Valorant Episode 1: Act 2 – Battlepass, Glitchpop skins, more

Published: 3/Aug/2020 16:00

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have revealed details for Valorant’s Episode 1: Act 2, set to go live on August 4. Here’s everything you need to know, from the Battlepass cost to the brand new Glitchpop skin collection.

Valorant’s Episode 1: Act 1 Battlepass was a huge hit. Filled to the brim with a plethora of cosmetic goodies, Riot issued players with a system that rewarded players for their grind. Now, the developers have upped their game once again with the Act 2 Battlepass, set to release on August 4.

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Valorant Act 2 Battlepass

Costing 1,000 Valorant Points (VP) for the Premium version, players will be able to grind through the same chapter-based system to earn more themed goodies. From weapon skins to player cards, the Act 2 Battlepass is packed with enough content to deck out your loadout.

The Battlepass will also contain a shed load of Radianite Points. So if you’re eager to unlock an extra tier on an existing weapon skin, then there’ll be plenty of points up for grabs in Act 2.

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Valorant Act 2 weapon skins.
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Three collections will be featured in the Act 2 Battlepass: Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert.

Valorant Act 2: Weapon skins & melee

Just like in Act 1, there will be a running theme with the cosmetic rewards offered in the Battlepass. Three weapon skin collections will run through Act 2: Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert.

As part of their press release, Riot’s Valorant Art Lead, Sean Marino, spoke about the inspiration behind Act 2’s weapon skins. “We wanted to add more variety to the gun skins so that a player who never buys skins in the store (and only wants to buy the Battlepass) still feels like they’re getting some variety.”

“In general, we had a lot more fun developing this Battlepass because it feels more real — as if we’re developing the pass with the community — and it helps that we’re slowly getting better at designing the content, too.”

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Hivemind melee in Valorant.
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Players will be able to grind for the Hivemind Knife, which will presumably be available at Level 50 of the Battlepass.

Glitchpop skin collection

The Glitchpop skin collection will be available as a separate entity to the Battlepass. Inspired by a dystopian future, this skin line will offer a variety of upgrades to change the colorful scheme offered at base.

The bundle will be offered at 8,700 VP — with four weapon skins on offer (Bulldog, Frenzy, Judge, and Odin) as well as a melee skin. Each skin will cost 2,175 VP sold separately, while the Knife will be offered at 4,350 VP on its own.

Each weapon skin will have seven tiers of customization, including three VFX upgrades, one finisher upgrade, and three cosmetic variants. Players will also be able to upgrade the melee with an optional VFX where the blade color changes each time you equip the Knife.

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In addition to the brand new Battlepass and Glitchpop skin collection, Riot have announced the highly requested FFA Deathmatch game mode, which will be going live in beta on August 5.

To top things off, Riot will be also introducing a brand new Competitive ranking system, which will better reflect your progression through the ranks at the end of every Act.

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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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