Valorant tournament resumes after player is cleared of cheating - Dexerto

Valorant tournament resumes after player is cleared of cheating

Published: 25/Jul/2020 10:33 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:52

by Andy Williams


Play has resumed in the Valorant ORDER Ignition Series, after Riot Games’ Vanguard anti-cheat flagged up an EXO Clan player as suspicious — which led to an abrupt end to the broadcast. 

On July 24, Riot Games postponed the semifinals of the ORDER Valorant Open — the first Ignition Series event to be hosted in the Oceania region.

With plenty of eyes tuned in to see who would be the first team out of EXO Clan and Control to book their place in the Grand Final of the first Ignition Series Oceania Valorant tournament, the broadcast was brought to an unexpected end by Mitch ‘Conky’ Concanen.

“Unfortunately, we have had some news that the games will not be going ahead tonight, so unfortunately we will have to leave you with that,” Conky said after the livestream returned following a lengthy break.

Vanguard strikes again

After grinding their way through the Open Bracket all the way to the semifinal, EXO Clan’s Ethan ‘Crunchy’ Laker was flagged up by Riot’s Vanguard anti-cheat software as suspicious. This comes just 10 days after Riot paused the WePlay! Ignition Series tournament for similar reasons.

The event was completely brought to halt until Riot’s investigation was complete. On July 25, Order released a statement to confirm that Riot’s review had been finalized and that EXO were eligible to finish the tournament.

“After further review conducted by Riot Games, we are replaying the match from yesterday after EXO Clan were cleared for competition.”

Keen to shed light on the matter, EXO Clan released a statement shortly after, confirming that Crunchy was the player in question, for reasons that have not yet been publicly announced.

“We were unaware of any issues with Crunchy prior to July 24, 2020 and deferred to Riot Games for judgment on the matter.”

EXO Clan earned a spot in the Grand Final, after taking down Control 2-1 in the semifinal replay. Dexerto has reached out to Crunchy and Riot Games for comment, and will update this article accordingly should either party provide their statement.


Valorant 1.11 patch delayed: Riot announce new release date details

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:27 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are taking back the 1.11 Valorant patch after a “technical nightmare” in the latest update brought with it a few more problems than it was meant to fix.

It’s a pretty big update too. After pushing up the release for a new map and hyping up the latest Agent, Skye, there’s been a lot of anticipation for this patch. Unfortunately, not all worked out how the studio wanted, leading them to make a major decision that affects all players.

“In 30 minutes, we’ll be rolling back the patch for North America, Brazil, and LATAM (one at a time). We’re also delaying all other regions until we get a fix,” the company announced.

Although they didn’t give a specific date, Riot said they are expecting the re-release window for the 1.11 patch to come “later in the week.”

It should be noted that the Valorant First Strike x NSG Qualifiers and the 1.11 patch were on a collision course before the update’s roll back.

There were plenty of people, both pros and casuals alike, who were noticing problems with the latest offering almost immediately after downloading it.

Valorant 1.11 bug issues

While there were still old bugs like Viper’s ultimate or Brim’s smokes improperly reducing vision from within them, new – and slightly disturbing – bugs were also introduced to the game.

One of the biggest offenders was a glitch that randomly showed Sage’s character assets on the screen while navigating around smokes like Omen’s Dark Cover.

A lot of people managed to find it, even 100 Thieves teammates HiKo and steel on separate occasions during a game.

It’s a ‘blink and you miss it’ type of bug. But it can be really distracting when it appears then reappears numerous times while pushing up on a smoke.

There were other glaring issues like more stuttering when getting a headshot or if an opponent appears on the screen, but the devs should be on the case.

The delay now puts the refurbished 1.11 patch due at the end of the month on October 31, if the Valorant developers find and fix all that needs to be addressed in time.