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Valorant leaker reveals new competitive ranks

Published: 23/Apr/2020 13:31 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 13:47

by Jacob Hale


Valorant looks like it’s set to become the biggest game of 2020 – and now a leaker has revealed all of the new ranks available in the game’s highly-anticipated competitive mode.

Valorant is Riot’s first push into the first-person shooter genre, having seen incredible success with the MOBA League of Legends throughout the last decade and becoming a well-respected development team.


Now, Valorant has become one of the most popular games in the world despite still only being in beta, and players have got their eyes on Ranked mode – and after the ranks were first reported earlier in April, it appears Riot have changed up the names for each tier.

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Valorant is already one of the most popular games available right now.

League of Legends’ ranking system is commonly regarded as one of the most accurate and efficient in gaming and esports, and it’s expected the MMR-based system will be closely replicated in Valorant when it officially drops.


Now, leaker FloxaY has revealed that each rank has undergone a slight name change, with eight different tiers based on a player’s abilities (not including Unranked, for players yet to play their placement matches.)

In order, the ranks are:

  • Iron
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Immortal
  • Valorant
FloxaY / Riot Games
There are eight overall ranks in Valorant, not including Unranked.

Each ranking, besides Valorant, has three symbols below it, suggesting each could have three tiers, such as Bronze 3, 2 and 1 or Diamond 3, 2 and 1. This differs slightly from League of Legends, in which the top three ranks are only on one tier each.


Before this, Valorant and Immortal were the same, but everything prior to Immortal was named differently. Starting from the lowest tier, they were Mercenary, Soldier, Veteran, Hero, Legend and Mythic.

No doubt players will be aiming for Valorant, but there’s definitely some of us who will be celebrating the safe haven of a rank below even Bronze.

It’s not yet clear when a Ranked Mode will be arriving in Valorant, but a developer did confirm that it will be coming during the beta, stating on April 10 (13 days prior to time of writing) that a “rated mode” will be coming in the next couple of weeks.


With that in mind, it appears players might be able to earn their Valorant rank much sooner than expected.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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:

  • 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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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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:

  • 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.