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Valorant players “furious” over new Prism skin bundle price

Published: 21/Apr/2020 1:04

by Bill Cooney

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The Prism skin bundle in Valorant is rubbing players the wrong way already with its comparatively high price to other sets while apparently offering less.

Prism is one of the currently available skin bundles in the Valorant shop right now, along with the Reaver and Luxe packs on a rotating daily basis. The “Hypebeast” collection has also been leaked, but so far it hasn’t shown up in the store.

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The set provides an iridescent purple base skin recolor for one weapon in each subcategory, and offers one of the cleanest-looking knives in the game, but not all players are convinced it’s worth the asking price.

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We have to admit, the Prism knife does look great, but is it worth the price tag?

Compared to the Luxe Collection, which was 4,375 Valorant Points the last time it was in the shop, the Prism pack is much more expensive, at 6,375 points.

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It costs $49.99 for 5350 VP right now, which means players will have to spend roughly 70$ in-game to unlock the Prism collection, and some definitely aren’t feeling it.

“I’m furious,” Reddit user mlalssid said. “I really wanted to get this bundle but there is no f**king way I am paying more than $50 for a reskinned default knife and guns.”

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The Prism skin simply recolors the weapon’s base designs.

The collection also offers fewer customization options for players, for example, each of the Luxe bundle skins has different levels that can be unlocked, while Prism simply recolors the weapons basic models.

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“I like the pricing in this game,” Reddit user Aleriic admitted. “So far every skin collection has been overpriced, which will save me tons of money.”

There’s another thing to consider before dropping stacks of cash on Valorant skins as well: you don’t get to keep them past the closed beta.

Players won’t keep any of the unlocked weapon skins they have, but they will receive all of the Valorant Points they purchased plus 20% when the game releases. So if you buy 10,000 VP during the beta, you’ll get 12,000 when the game comes out sometime in Summer 2020.

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Based on the price alone, Prism skins might be some of the rarest during the beta.

Valorant still may be in its early days which means most players are probably focused on learning the game as opposed to collecting all the skins, which as is already clear from the beta, will cost a pretty penny.

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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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