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Valorant ranked play now live in NA — Europe release date announced

Published: 30/Apr/2020 23:56 Updated: 1/May/2020 0:19

by Theo Salaun


The ranked mode for Riot’s new tactical shooter, Valorant, is finally here. After releasing details over the past week, the developers have announced ranked’s release in North America and, soon, in Europe.

Valorant has taken over the gaming world. With a beta praised for feeling cleaner than most finished products, FPS aficionados have been clamoring for a ranked mode to hit their servers.


Now, Riot has announced that ranked play will be hitting live servers in North America today and, “if all goes well,” Europe following the next patch, so just past 9:30 a.m. CEST on May 1.


Like much of the popular game developer’s habits, this is expected to be a flexible release and a preemptive trial of the competitive experience. In case people aren’t familiar with their adaptive process, Riot cautioned that they “reserve the right to turn off ranked at any time if things get weird.”


An April 24 blog update affirmed the team’s insistence on assuring competitive integrity in their ranked mode, so it’s clear that this is a closed beta trial—far from the finished product.

But, given the closed beta experience thus far, people are likely to have high expectations for the experimental ranked release to feel fully developed.   

Riot Games
Valorant gameplay blends a traditional FPS with the abilities of a tactical game.


As for how built out it should be, the developers have already summarized much of the experience. The competitive mode will use the same ruleset and format as in the Unrated mode, but with an emphasis on competitive integrity.


VALORANT Ranked Mode

  • Complete 20 Unrated matches to unlock Competitive mode
  • Eight ranks, three tiers each, except the top rank: VALORANT
  • Queue in parties of up to five players, all within two ranks of each other
  • Rank does not decay, but will not display if no competitive matches have been played within past 14 days
  • Closed beta rank will not carry over to launch

The ranks themselves proceed as follows: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, VALORANT.


Your ability to rank up is defined primarily by wins and losses, but also by your performance in those matches (and how they compare to your other performances). 

As seen in other ranked modes, the game will prioritize pitting players in parties against other parties of similar sizes. That is about as much information as is available thus far, so all that’s left is to find out how NA reacts to the launch and see if “things get weird” enough for Riot to cut the mode off prematurely.


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
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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.