Valorant

When does Valorant Episode 2 begin? Act 3 end date, more

Published: 15/Oct/2020 8:25 Updated: 9/Dec/2020 23:58

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant is nearing the end of its first Episode, Ignition. Act 3 is underway, with the second Episode soon to follow. We’ve got everything you need to know about when Ignition ends, when Episode 2 will start, and the major changes coming.

It feels like just a few days ago we were getting our hands on Valorant for the first time. However, Act 1 and 2 has already passed, and Act 3 is soon to be going the way of the history books, marking the end of the Ignition chapter.

Act 3 is chock full of content, including a new map in Icebox, an all-new battle pass, and Agent Skye. However, it’s likely that the mark of a new episode is going to be even more grandiose.

Icebox in Valorant
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Icebox was meant to come in Episode 2, but Riot pulled its release forward to Act 3.

If you’re excited to play the next episode of Valorant, you still have to wait a little longer. However, here’s everything we know about Episode 2, from when it’ll be dropping on live servers, and exactly what you should expect from the major update.

When does Valorant Ignition: Act 3 end?

Valorant’s final Act for Ignition kicked off on October 13. It’ll be kicking around for a bit longer than the last two Acts ⁠— three months instead of the usual two.

This means that players shouldn’t expect Act 3 to end until early 2021. Three months from October 13 lands us at around January 12, 2021. You’ll have until then to complete the Act 3 battle pass and reap the sweet rewards.

When does Valorant Episode 2 begin?

Once Ignition ends, Valorant’s second episode will kick off almost immediately. It’s expected that Valorant Episode 2 will launch on January 12, 2021, right after Act 3 finishes.

This date lines up with dataminer ‘floxayyy’ and their discovery of all of the Episode 2 Act dates.

  • Episode 2 Act 1: January 12 to March 2
  • Episode 2 Act 2: March 2 to April 27
  • Episode 2 Act 3: April 27 to June 22

New content coming in Valorant Episode 2: Agents, more

Valorant Episode 2 was meant to bring a new map, new Agent, and major gameplay updates. However, the first point on that list has been ticked off in Act 3, with Riot releasing Icebox to players three months early. That doesn’t mean that a new map won’t be arriving with Episode 2, but it’s unlikely.

One thing players can be sure of is a new Agent landing onto Future Earth. There’s already a teaser out for them ⁠— Tier 48 of the battle pass has revealed a dog tag with “Memento Mori” on it, a Latin phrase about the inevitability of death.

Memento Mori Valorant player card
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The Memento Mori player card in the Act 3 battle pass could be the first teaser of Valorant’s next Agent in Episode 2.

Valorant Episode 2 will also likely add some new features to the game as well. It’s just a game of wait and see, but one thing is for certain, the update should be huge.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.