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Valorant players want a nerf to “exploitable mechanic” after jumping

Published: 30/Jun/2020 1:59

by Alan Bernal


The Valorant community wants a fix for a mechanic that gives players a reset to their aim accuracy after landing from a jump – something they say is exploitable.

In a lot of competitive shooters, there is a logic to recoil being affected during a jump seeing as your character is continually being displaced. Developers make shots extremely errant while in the air to give the game more of structure among other things.


While this is also true for Valorant, people are finding that once you finally make touchdown on the ground, there seems to be an almost instant effect taking place on the accuracy of the first shot.

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Landing from a jump can give Valorant players a slight window to get a clean shot off.

Breaking down their findings, user ‘EarthlingKira’ saw that a reproducible effect with the Vandal and Phantom can make instant headshots easy to pull off.


“In high Elo games it happens more and more often that people exploit the accuracy after jumping and landing,” EarthlingKira said. “The recovery time is too fast with Vandal/Phantom. After landing you can insta-headshot.”

Their clip showed them landing a few shots on the enemy Cypher while in mid-air, but when they completed their landing he instantly returned a quick headshot.

The first-bullet accuracy takes some skill from the person firing it, but landing a shot like that could have been attributed to the mechanic. This is something EarthlingKira thinks could get out: “As soon as this knowledge spreads it will be abused more and more.”


Accuracy directly after jumping must be nerfed from VALORANT

“I really fear this will be exploited more and more in the future to peek angles. You have a hard time hitting while the person jumping can use the flying time to aim properly,” they said.

They believe a 300-500 milliseconds time to recover after a jump would be enough to prevent this from running rampant in Ranked.

EarthlingKira argues that this kind of thing can throw off the competitive integrity of a tactical shooter like Valorant, although there were other players who believed that a mechanic like this is fine.

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Valorant in higher Elos can exploit this jump mechanic, according to EarthlingKira.

“It’s exactly like it was in [Counter-Strike]1.6,” user ‘Row21Coulmn7’ explained. “It’s a competitive shooter. Strafe jumping out from hiding and hitting the other strafe key mid air, to land and then shoot, is a very normal thing to do. When he is jumping you can shoot him mid air.”

It’s unclear if the Valorant devs intended to implement this, but after initial feature updates in their new game, Riot could look into the mechanic as well.


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.