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Valorant leaks reveal free-for-all Deathmatch mode coming soon

Published: 24/Jul/2020 6:00 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 7:38

by Brad Norton


A new free-for-all Deathmatch playlist appears to be right around the corner as new Valorant leaks have revealed what we can expect.

Since the release of Valorant on June 2, players have only been treated players to three modes. There’s your standard casual experience, a ranked mode, along with the fast-paced Spike Rush. Dedicated players have been clamoring for more and their wishes might finally be answered with the next major update.


Following on from new voice lines and even a new ranked system being pulled from the game’s latest update, it appears fans can expect a new mode soon as well. While a Deathmatch of sorts has been teased for months, fresh leaks have uncovered even more details on the casual playlist.

Prominent Valorant dataminer ‘Mang0eLeaks’ compiled every scrap of new information hidden within the 1.04 update. Among the strings of new code was a reference to a Deathmatch mode across Haven, Split, and Bind.


New Valorant leaks reveal upcoming Deathmatch mode

Valorant code labels Deathmatch mode
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The latest Valorant update included a few lines of code referring to a Deathmatch mode.

Listed explicitly as a game mode in the new lines of code, Deathmatch features multiple phases. Players will be dropped into one of three maps and begin in a ‘warm-up’ phase. This label will seemingly appear on-screen until the lobby transitions into the real match.

There’s no telling exactly how the mode will function, though the name implies it will be familiar to traditional Deathmatch from other FPS titles like CS:GO. Respawns should be plentiful, the pace should be fast, and the goal should be to get the most kills in a set period of time.

For the time being it appears as though this more casual playlist will be introduced as a free-for-all variant only, meaning that everyone will have to fend for themselves. A team-based option could still be coming down the line, however.


When will Deathmatch be coming to Valorant?

Valorant gameplay knife
Riot Games
It could be every player for themselves once this free-for-all mode is released.

A date hasn’t yet been set in stone for the upcoming Valorant mode though we can still speculate. The game’s first Act is expected to end on August 2 as the next batch of content rolls in. From a new Agent to fresh cosmetics, the upcoming update is shaping up to be the biggest yet.

It would make perfect sense for the second Act to introduce a new game mode as well. Riot has outlined plans for multiple Acts per Episode, each bringing major updates every few months. With players returning for the additional content, a Deathmatch mode would certainly be a welcome addition in Act 2.

Valorant Ignition artwork
Riot Games
Valorant’s first Episode will consist of multiple Acts.

Until Riot confirms the release of a Deathmatch mode, be sure to take this information with a grain of salt. There’s a chance that things can change in the lead up to Valorant’s next major update.


If you’re looking to sharpen your aim ahead of a potential free-for-all mode, however, here’s our in-depth guide to give you an edge.


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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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.