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Valorant ping system set for major “tactical” overhaul

Published: 10/Aug/2020 13:23

by Andy Williams

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A Riot Games dev has responded to requests to improve Valorant’s ping system, by comparing the “poor” in-game communication system with other shooters, such as Apex Legends and Paladins.

In a fast-paced first-person shooter like Valorant, effective communication is priceless. Having sufficient intel when approaching a situation can often be the difference between life and death.

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And while voice comms are often the go-to, this isn’t always the most effective option. For example, trying to call-out an enemy when you don’t know the exact name of the location. This is where the ping system comes into play.

The in-game ping system grants players the ability to signal danger/inform their teammates of their intentions by holding down Z (by default) or holding Period for a more expansive list.

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Valorant ping system.
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Players have access to a plethora of character comms via the built in ping/radio communication system.

Riot updating Valorant’s ping system

As helpful as Valorant’s in-game communication system is, one player has raised their gripes when comparing it to the likes of Apex Legends or Paladins.

“Valorant TTS is very poor. If anyone here ever played Paladins, you know what i’m talking about. It has a very intuitive and content rich TTS menu. I could play every match without even using any voice comms. Riot could learn a thing or two analyzing the Paladins TTS system.”

A Riot dev responded to player concerns, stating that they’re “in the process of creating an initial round of new [voice over] lines for major regions on the maps — A, B, C, Mid, etc. — so we can append those to ping and radio command audio.”

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The dev continued to explain how the game will embed “more tactical voice over” in updates to come. “The regions already appear in chat, but having the characters say the regions out loud will make a big difference. We plan to add a lot more ‘tactical [voice over]’ over time.”

So instead of your Agent calling out “here” every time you ping a location, they will call-out specific areas of the map — which will presumably correspond with the callouts on the minimap.

To top things off, the dev teased that a more customizable option could be in the pipeline for the radio communication system, which allows players to access ping wheel comms via a numerical system. In terms of when this can be expected, they simply stated “more on that in the coming months.”

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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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