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Valorant leak reveals new “Snowball” game mode coming for Winter event

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:22

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are reportedly planning a new mode for Valorant called ‘Snowball,’ according to new leaks that could suggest the developers are planning content geared toward a Winter event.

Now that the Act 3 patch update has hit the live servers, the content dump also gave dataminers troves of files to sift through for any clues on unannounced features or assets.

Of course, with the launch of Act 3 came the new map called Icebox, which followed in the same snowy aesthetic that could align with a Winter event.

In the Valorant files, dataminer ‘ValorantLeaks’ found strands of code that contained a couple of recurring keywords that directly pointed to a new mode possibly in the works along with a few details of game mechanics it could feature.

Riot Games
Icebox might not be the only snow-centric content in Valorant this season.

The words “Tag=Modes.Snowball” were found in four different instances. This is the best indication that a mode of the same name could soon arrive later down the line in Act 3.

Additionally, different lines reference words like ‘Bouncy,’ ‘Growball,’ ‘RapidFire,’ and ‘Skate,’ which could hint to features or even different Orbs that could be in the mode.

It’s possible that these are in reference to new modifiers along the lines of those found in Spike Rush or other effects that would be organic to the ‘Snowball’ mode.

Spike Rush is the only game type that makes use of round-modifiers in the form of special powerup orbs placed throughout the map. The only other mode for Valorant so far has been a traditional Deathmatch mode, that could be seeing upgrades in early 2021 that would let players join a match that’s already underway.

If Riot does go ahead with plans on a new mode, then it’s unclear if it would be available alongside Spike Rush or the devs would opt down the road of a rotating playlist.

The Valorant team previously said they prefer to bring more modes as soon as they could to players, though these would “evolve” along with the players. “We want to bias toward putting new modes in the community’s hands as fast as possible and evolving those modes along with the players,” Riot said in a blog.

As the holiday season nears, eager players will await official word from the devs for seasonal content in Valorant that could be on its way.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 3 countdown: TOTW release time, predictions

Published: 14/Oct/2020 11:10 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 11:11

by Connor Bennett


FIFA 21 Team of the Week is back for a third week in Ultimate Team after a packed slate of game. Here, we’ll run through TOTW 3 predictions, the promo’s release time, and lay out any leaks that have been revealed. 

Even though many of the world’s top domestic leagues have been taking a break due to international games, that’s not stopping Team of the Week. 


The weekly addition of new cards has been full steam ahead since the launch of FIFA 21, with superstars like Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, and Bruno Fernandes receiving a special card already for their real-life performances.

With Team of the Week 3 on the horizon, some FIFA players might assume that it’s going to be a weaker set of cards, but, it could actually surprise you. 

FIFA 21 menus
The TOTW 3 will appear in the FIFA 21 menus, once confirmed. 

FIFA 21 TOTW 3 start time

On October 14, 2020, EA SPORTS will release their third batch of Team of the Week cards for FIFA 21. This promo will start up at 6pm (BST), which is three hours later than last year’s content schedule, so don’t be hovering around on Twitter waiting for it to drop too early.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 3 leaks (October 14)

One thing that we might get early, though, is leaked information on the identity of TOTW 3 cards.

Last week, for the second set, the entire list was leaked ahead of schedule – meaning much of the game’s community knew what was coming before it was even confirmed. If that happens again this time, we’ll be updating this section continually with updates. Don’t you fret.


FIFA 21 TOTW Week 3 predictions

Mason Mount in FIFA 21
Mason Mount features in our FIFA 21 TOTW 3 predictions.

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

  • Rui Patricio – Wolves – GK
  • Brad Guzan – Atlanta United – GK
  • Jere Uronen – Genk – RB
  • Willi Orban – RB Leipzig – CB
  • Matthias Ginter – Borussia Monchengladbach – CB
  • Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid – CB
  • Robert Skov – Hoffenheim – LB
  • Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid – RB
  • Sergej Milinković-Savić – Lazio – CM
  • Mason Mount – Chelsea – CM
  • Alejandro Bedoya – Philadelphia Union – CM
  • Nikola Vlasic – CSKA Moscow – CAM
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton – CAM
  • Lee Nguyen – New England Revolution – CAM
  • Martin Odegaard – Real Madrid – RM
  • Gwion Edwards – Ipswich Town – RM
  • Luis Muriel – Atalanta – LW
  • Kamil Grosicki – West Brom – LM
  • Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – CF
  • Felipe Mora – Portland Timbers – ST
  • Alexander Sorloth – RB Leipzig – ST
  • Michael Olunga – Kashiwa Reysol – ST
  • Jamille Matt – Forest Green Rovers – ST

We’ve got Roberto Firmino, Sergio Ramos, and Sergej Milinković-Savić as the headline players in our predictions. Firmino has been in fine form Brazil during the international break, all things point towards a card for him. 

Looking up the Premier League table, Firmino’s Merseyside rival Gylfi Sigurdsson also looked likely to grab one.  The Everton midfielder bagged himself two goals and the Man of the Match honors during Iceland’s win over Romania.


Elsewhere, Mason Mount notched home England’s winner against Belgium and a fine performance earns him a nod, while Matthias Ginter got himself on the scoresheet in Germany’s 2-1 Nations League win over Ukraine. 

Be sure to check in with our Twitter account, UltimateTeamUK, on Wednesday, October 14 for the confirmed TOTW squad.