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Was Killjoy teased in the Valorant Act 1 Battle Pass all along?

Published: 1/Aug/2020 0:33 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 0:34

by Bill Cooney

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Valorant’s newest agent, Killjoy, was apparently teased all throughout Act 1 with a Battle Pass reward – and no one had any idea.

Killjoy was officially revealed to be Valorant’s 12th agent on July 29 after video of her abilities was leaked a day before, but now, players seem to have discovered that another teaser was also hiding in the Act 1 Battle Pass.

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The Battle Pass for the first act of Valorant Episode 1: Ignition contains 50 tiers of loot for players to unlock as they play, but shortly after Killjoy and her bots were officially announced, some players noticed that one item on the pass suddenly seemed very familiar.

Called the “Vertraulich card,” which is German for “confidential,” it very clearly shows Killjoy’s little turret robot somewhat marked out with purple on a yellow background.

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This card looks very familiar now that we’ve seen Killjoy’s turret.

It’s not a new addition, either; this card has been hanging out in the back of the battle pass since the Act 1 content pack came out with Valorant’s release on June 2.

It’s not surprising that no one put the clues together about Killjoy before she came out based on this card alone, though, as developers estimated the Battle Pass would take roughly 100 hours to complete – though some players are reporting that is very optimistic, at best.

With a small minority of players actually unlocking the final tiers of the battle pass, there were fewer players to pay any attention any attention at all to the mysterious card.

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Killjoy in Valorant
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Killjoy’s turret has been here since Valorant came out, if only we had realized.

At the time of writing, the Act 1 Battle Pass is only a few days away from wrapping up on August 4, with the next pass for Act 2 coming right after. So if you haven’t gotten all the items you want, there are still a few days to grind as much Valorant as you can to try and get as far as you can.

Now that we know a Killjoy teaser was stashed in the Battle Pass all along, Act 2’s will probably generate more speculation and rumors from fans combing over every item to find one that stands out as a possible clue to the next new agent, whoever they end up being.

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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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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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