What is Valorant Premier? Everything you need to know about the new competitive mode “beyond Radiant”

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Riot Games is bringing a new competitive mode in Valorant called Premier, which will allow players to go “beyond Radiant” with a new seasonal challenge. Here’s everything you need to know about Valorant Premier.

In 2022, Riot Games shared its vision for the future of competitive Valorant, and they have finally taken the first step toward it. They are bringing a new competitive mode to the game that aims at providing a higher competition than what players are used to in Ranked.

This new mode will be known as Premier and is about to enter its ‘Beta’ stage. Consider it something like Faceit for CS:GO, which is often considered more competitive than regular matchmaking, but for Valorant.

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If you’re wondering what Valorant Premier is all about, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know.


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Premier will have tougher competition that Ranked.

What is Valorant Premier?

As we mentioned earlier, Premier is a new competitive mode in Valorant that will provide a much higher level of competition to players compared to Ranked.

Riot aims to “present an even higher goal beyond Radiant that provides the most competition-hungry players with a rewarding challenge beyond ranked.”

The mode is set to be a new path to pro for players from the comfort of directly playing from their homes. According to Leo Faria, Valorant’s Head of Esports, Premier “will be the path to the VCT Challengers leagues” in the future, eventually replacing the current open qualifying system.

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Who can play Valorant Premier?

Since November, the competitive mode is in its Alpha state and is limited to Brazil only. This means a slew of new features are absent from the mode at present and will be implemented in the coming days.

Premier will allow you or anyone to build a team and compete across a season of pre-scheduled matches. This means you may create a team with your friends, neighbors, or anyone, and battle for glory against some of the best teams from your region.

Once you build a roster, your team will be placed in a division where you’ll play across a persistent season composed of a mix of weekly matches and tournaments. If your team has everything it needs to win, you may even qualify for the end-of-season tournament to battle for being the Division Champions.

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When is Valorant Premier beta coming out?

Andy Ho, Valorant’s game director, announced on March 2 that a beta version of Premier will be released globally during Episode 6 Act III. Details about the season are scarce, but it is expected to start sometime in May.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about the new competitive mode “Premier” in Valorant. For more about the game, be sure to check our other Valorant tips, guides, and content:

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