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Valorant Ignition Series announced: Tournaments, schedule, more

Published: 16/Jun/2020 14:01 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:58

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have launched the Valorant Ignition Series of events — the first step in building a competitive ecosystem in conjunction with fellow esports organizers. 

The wait is over. Riot have finally announced their first step towards supporting the Valorant esport scene, with their aptly named ‘Ignition Series’ of events.

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While Riot have previously announced their intentions on working with third-party organizers, no plan had been laid out. On June 16, that changed with the official Riot-partner program.

What is the Valorant Ignition Series?

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Ignition Series is the first Riot-partner program to support competitive Valorant.

Spanning across the globe, the Ignition Series will seek to “lay the foundation for competitive Valorant” as plenty of players from all corners of esports are flocking to Riot’s new FPS. Detailed in their press release, Whalen ‘Magnus’ Rozelle (Senior Director of Global Esports at Riot Games) said: “To create the Ignition Series, we’ve partnered with more than 20 esports organizations around the world to bring you Valorant events.”

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While a number of tournaments have already taken place, this is Riot’s first step in supporting the development of a competitive landscape for Valorant which will span all around the world.

“Ignition Series tournaments will provide players with the opportunity to begin building their region’s competitive legacy… The Ignition Series will have events in North America, Brazil, Latin America, Korea, Japan, South East Asia, Oceania, Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East.”

When is the Valorant Ignition Series?

Valorant Ignition Series dates.
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The Ignition Series starts with the G2 Esports Invitational on June 19.

Valorant’s Ignition Series will begin on June 19, with two events. The G2 Esports Valorant Invitational will see eight squads in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) battle it out for the lion’s share of the prize and to etch their name in the Ignition Series.

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Meanwhile, Japan’s biggest esport event, Rage, will be hosting the first officially licensed Valorant tournament in Japan under the Ignition Series brand. 16 teams will compete in a winner-take-all event, when the victor will take home 500,000 Yen.

Rage will take place between June 20-21, making for a jam-packed weekend of Valorant action, as the cream of the crop look set to make a name for themselves in competitive Valorant. 

How will Riot structure the Valorant Ignition Series?

As part of their press release, Riot stated that we can “expect the Ignition Series to run through the fall,” which will likely align with the first Episode within Valorant.

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While no specific dates of an ending to the Ignition Series were mentioned, it is likely that the tournaments will build-up to a ‘curtain caller’ at the end of the series of events, to recognize a global champion.

Referred to as ‘Major tournaments’ in Riot’s community competition guidelines, these events will work in tandem with the Valorant global esports ecosystem.

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As Valorant continues to grow on a global-scale, plenty of teams all around the world will bring their own unique approach to the character-based shooter.

Given the varied regional approaches to Valorant as an esport, a series of events with the aim of recognizing the global leaders in the scene is an exciting prospect for fans far and wide.

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Everything coming in Valorant Act 3: Icebox map, new Agent, Battle pass

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:26

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games has now unveiled its grand plans for Act III of Episode 1 in Valorant, including a first look at the brand new agent.

Riot already confirmed the brand new map, Icebox, the second new map coming to the game since launch.

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In addition, a new Agent is joining the roster, but at the time of writing, Riot is keeping their exact name, abilities and lore under wraps.

Here’s everything you need to know about Valorant Act 3:

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New Map: Icebox

Because the new map is being pushed live early, the new Agent will be delayed. The Agent will release 2 weeks (one patch cycle) after the start of Act III. This will allow the devs to sort out any stability issues.

ADJUSTED ACT III ROADMAP

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We’re still closing Episode 1 with a banger of a finish. On top of our newest map, you’ll unlock 50-tiers of fresh Battlepass goods to personalize your play, have another go at your Rank with refined Competitive matchmaking, and try the latest Agent just one patch later.

MAP: ICEBOX (OCT. 13 UNRATED, OCT. 27 COMPETITIVE)

An abandoned Kingdom research facility in the arctic wilderness is the next location to flex your aim and abilities. Pierce the dense snow cover as an Attacker to plant the Spike. And, outplay as Defender using ziplines to reach new and dangerous heights.

The two objective sites on Icebox favor frequent skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play.

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COMPETITIVE REFRESH (OCT. 27)

These Act III Competitive changes hope to make your Rank climb tighter as we work on the long term health of organized team play:

  • Upgrade that Act Rank Badge with the next Competitive Act
  • Rank queue lowered from 6 tiers to 3 tiers, for tighter matchmaking
  • Select your preferred server and improve your ping
  • Immortal+ rank outcomes are decided 100% by wins and losses

Watch our latest Dev Diary for more detail and a peek into Joe Ziegler’s living room.

ACT III BATTLEPASS (OCT. 13)

The Battlepass returns with improvements for Act III—revamped weekly mission progress for faster unlocks and additional Epilogue tiers.

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Collect heads, rake in the XP, then snap on Act III exclusives like the “Chilly McFreeze” Gun Buddy to match your arctic battles, the “Radianite Hazard” Player Card, and the Viper Spray that reminds you to wash your hands.

Purchase the Act III Premium Battlepass to unlock more tiers of VALORANT items like the Ruin Vandal, “Disco Ball” Gun Buddy, and the Surge Bucky (with variants!).

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Learn more about VALORANT’s Battlepass system here.

WEAPON SKIN: SINGULARITY (OCT. 13)

Singularity exists in a far future, vast in its journey from the beyond. Powerful, abstract, and mysterious. None know where it came from or how it came to be.

Harness its unstable force on the Phantom, Sheriff, Spectre, Ares, and Melee when you buy the Singularity bundle.

GUN BUDDY: WELCOME, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

More (low ping) challengers to the Radiant throne have arrived from the Middle East and North Africa.

Log in during October 28 to earn the Dallah Gun Buddy and celebrate their homecoming.

NEW AGENT: ??? (OCT. 27)

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The new Agent teaser

That’s everything we know so far about Act III – stay tuned to @ValorantUpdates for the latest.