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Valorant update 1.06 patch notes: Shotguns nerf and more

Published: 20/Aug/2020 14:12 Updated: 20/Aug/2020 14:36

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games are rolling out their first Valorant update for Act 2 slightly out of schedule, due to the weeklong break at the developer. Valorant patch 1.06 drops on August 20, with balancing tweaks, bug fixes and more.

Although there was lots of anticipation for the launch of Episode 1: Act 2, which saw the release of the first post-launch Agent, Killjoy, it wasn’t without problems too.

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In fact, some problems with the Agent led to her being banned totally from one of the biggest professional tournaments so far, the FaZe Clan invitational.

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Act 2 brought a number of changes to Valorant casual and ranked play, including the introduction of Agent Killjoy.

So, this update includes various fixes for the bugs and glitches discovered after the Act 2 update itself, plus some other changes in response to community feedback and the developer’s plans.

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Although updates are usually released on Tuesdays, a planned break for the developers has changed the schedule for patch 1.06, going live on Thursday, August 20.

Valorant update 1.06 Patch Notes

AGENT UPDATES

  • The audio and visuals for blinding effects (Phoenix Curveball and Breach Flashpoint) should better indicate when to turn away, and when it’s safe to look again

WEAPON UPDATES

  • All shotguns updated to be less accurate when fired while in the air
    • Spread penalty when in air increased .5 >>> 1.25
    • While shotguns are doing well in situations they are supposed to,, there’s been overly frustrating moments where people are accurate with these weapons while in the air. We hope to curb some of those encounters while still making them possible if you catch an opponent at a short distance. We’ll also be investigating more potential changes to shotguns now that we’re rested.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • In Collection menu screens, the “Show Owned Only” toggle now persists between screens and client restarts.

BUG FIXES

  • Potential fix for the bug where the player’s HUD sometimes disappears.
  • Fixed a bug in deathmatch match history & match details where ties between 3 or more players were not displaying as a tie, instead showing the lowest rank as if they were not tied (so a 3 way tie for 2nd would show 4TH PLACE instead of 2ND PLACE (TIED)).
  • Fixed a bug that allowed progress towards competitive matchmaking for new players by forfeiting unrated games.
    • Forfeited games will not count towards the Competitive requirement for the team who forfeited.
  • Fixed a bug where ‘<Missing String Table>’ would appear in the chat log.
  • Fixed a bug where strange player names could appear in chat when managing party invites
  • Fixed a bug where some players were missing rewards after reaching the end of Agent Contracts or the Act Battlepass. Playing a game should grant the missing rewards, including missing rewards from Act 1.
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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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