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Valorant leaks claim new Free-For-All mode is coming soon

Published: 10/Jul/2020 11:47

by Joe Craven

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New Valorant leaks have claimed that a Free-For-All game mode will be dropping in Riot Games’ first-person shooter at some point in the near future. 

Valorant, Riot Games new FPS, only dropped back on June 2 but has already captivated players all over the world. Like Valve’s CS:GO, it is fairly limited in terms of game modes available to players.

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In the current build of Valorant, there are two normal game modes – Bomb and the significantly faster Spike Rush. However, it looks like another game mode could be on its way soon, at least if recent leaks are anything to go by.

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Valorant’s game mode pool could be about to expand.

Significant and lengthy leaks were posted to Reddit on July 9, by u/Mang0eleaks. Among upcoming camouflages and new agent animations, a Free-For-All mode appears to have been found in data-mined files.

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“It looks like Riot is laying the outline for a FFA mode!” the Redditor stated. “Based on these .umap files, it looks like Riot is testing FFA on Ascent first, and the map will be updated as well. These are .umap files, meaning that the FFA Ascent map and normal Ascent map will somehow be different.”

Alongside the FFA mode, it appears that Riot are going to be making adjustments to Valorant’s current map designs, starting with Ascent.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent could be headed for a rework.

While the in-game files certainly suggest Ascent will be adjusted for the upcoming Free-For-All mode, there is no guarantee we will actually see FFA in Valorant. In the development process, things can change late on based on player feedback and bugs discovered in play testing.

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However, assuming everything goes smoothly, we can expect to see Free-For-All in Valorant in the near future.

We actually featured a FFA mode on our list of features Valorant needs to add. Whether a Replay System and in-game tournaments are also on the way remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds like Riot are listening to the fanbase.

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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

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:

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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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