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Valorant leak reveals new agent Raze and her abilities

Published: 5/Apr/2020 11:07

by Connor Bennett

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A set of leakers have uncovered a yet to be announced Valorant agent apparently known as ‘Raze’ from the game’s files. 

Back at the start of March 2019, Riot Games announced that the highly-anticipated Project A was going to be called Valorant – revealing short snippets of gameplay that immediately intrigued outsiders. 

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Since then, there have been set drops of information about the first-person hero shooter, with the floodgates being opened on April 3 after content creators got their hands on it. However, despite plenty of revealed information, it appears as if Riot still has a few surprises up their sleeve.

Valorant gameplay.
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Fans will be able to get a feel for Valorant for the first time on April 7.

According to leakers FortTory and iFireMonkey, who are more used to data mining Fortnite details and cosmetics, there is an unreleased agent in Valorant known only as Raze. 

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As the leakers found out, Raze is set to be a female agent with a love for explosives – carrying a huge rocket launcher on her shoulders and an apparent set of fire grenades strapped to her utility belt. 

The initial leaked skin for the character also shows her with hints of red and yellow mixed into her clothing, as well as the word ‘BOOM’ scrawled over her t-shirt. 

Aside from just focusing on what the agent looks like and what weapon she might use, FortTory went one step further and revealed Raze’s supposed set of abilities – with, again, plenty of explosives to see. 

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Raze abilities in Valorant

  • Ability 1 – Blast Pack: Instantly throw a Blast Pack that will stick to surfaces. Re-use the ability after deployment to detonate, damaging and moving anything hit. 
  • Ability 2 – Cluster Grenade: Fire to throw the grenade, which does damage and creates sub-munitions, each doing damage to anyone in range
  • Ability 3 – Boom Bot: Fire will deploy the bot, causing it to travel in a straight line on the ground, bouncing off walls. The Boom Bot will lock on to any enemies in its frontal cone and chase them, exploding for heavy damage if it reaches them.
  • Ultimate Ability – Showstopper: Fire shoots a rocket that does massive area damage on contact with anything.

Now, while the pair of leakers have been proven to be pretty reliable in the past with Fortnite, it remains to be seen as to whether or not players will meet Raze in Valorant – especially in the state that has been leaked.

As with all data mined leaks, it must be noted that the game is still in development, and changes could be made before the game launches in Summer.

Until Riot announces the character, things could very well change, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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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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