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Valorant stats show the best Agent to use in Unrated & Ranked

Published: 28/Jun/2020 10:49 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 13:18

by Andy Williams

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In Valorant, there’s a character to suit just about every playstyle, but which Agent is the best to use in both Unrated and Competitive modes?

Finding an Agent that suits your playstyle the most can be a tricky affair in Valorant. With 11 different characters to select from, there’s a whole range of factors to consider.

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While as a general rule of thumb, you’ll be inclined to one of four Agent types: Duelist, Initiator, Controller or Sentinel. Within each type, players are more inclined to select certain characters based on which ability set will best support their style of play.

But what if there was more to it? What if the stats told us the secret to soaring to the top of the leaderboard in our Unrated matches, or even the most beneficial Agent to use to get one step closer to that coveted Radiant rank? Blitz.gg might have the answers.

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Best Agent to use in Unrated

Stats for Agents in Unrated.
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Reyna is without a doubt the most impactful Agent for dominating Unrated games.

If we’re strictly looking at which Agent makes the most impact in the server, there’s no doubt that Reyna takes top honors. Boasting the highest K/D/A and Average Score, she is without a doubt the go-to Agent if you’re looking to chalk up a high score and pub stomp.

Although when it comes to winning games, Controllers and Initiators really come into their own. Viper tops the leaderboard with a 51.9% win rate, closely followed by Breach with a 51.1% win rate.

In fact, while Duelists are most definitely the best Agents to go for to rack up a high score, they collectively have the least impact towards winning matches, with an average win rate of 49.7%.

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Best Agent to use in Ranked

Stats for the best Agent in Ranked
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Breach, Brimstone and Sage are all Agents you’ll want to consider if you’re looking to bag the win.

Filtering matches by the Immortal rank paints a very different picture. While Duelists still dominate the stats for Average Score (collectively netting 261 Score per game), Viper no longer takes pole position as the most valuable Agent to get that all-important win.

In fact, Viper is the worst Agent to select (by a considerable margin), as she sits rock bottom of the stats with a mere 36.7% win rate. Breach is the clear winner here, with a huge 62.2% win rate, with the likes of Brimstone, Sage, and Omen all winning the majority of their games.

If you’re looking to be the most lethal in the server on your road to Immortal and beyond, Raze is without a doubt the best Agent to select. But if you’re looking to maximize your chances of winning Breach, Brimstone and Sage form the most stacked core possible.

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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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