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When is Valorant Episode 1: Act 3? Ignition Battlepass, Act 2 end date

Published: 12/Sep/2020 16:18

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant Episode 1: Act 2 is underway, but players are already looking ahead towards the next one. We’ve got everything you need to know, from how long you’ll need to spend grinding out the Act 2 Battlepass, to when you’ll need to finish it by ahead of Valorant Act 3.

Act 1 has come and gone in Valorant. Those first two months after release went by blistering fast. While players were treated to a new map in Ascent and agent Reyna in the first act, Act 2 doesn’t have quite as much content.

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There’s no new map on the way ⁠— but there’s a new Agent in Killjoy. The German technician is now available for play in Valorant. You can activate her contract now in the Agents tab and grind for tier five, or just cough up the 1,000 VP to pick her up immediately.

Killjoy looking at computer in Valorant Act 2
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Killjoy was released when Act 2 dropped on August 4.

That’s not the only progression system you can grind right now either. A new Act means a new Battlepass, packed to the brim with skins, sprays, player cards, and more.

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If you’re curious of just how long it will take you to get through the Battlepass though, and how much time you have to do so, you’ve come to the right place. Act 2 will be gone in a flash, much like Act 1, so don’t sit on your laurels.

When will Valorant Ignition Act 2 end?

As they’ve previously mentioned, Riot want to dedicate approximately six months per Episode. With three Acts per Episode, that means each Act will last approximately two months.

Riot followed through with that promise in Act 1, running the pass from June 2 to August 4. And it looks like they’re staying consistent with their original promise, after announcing on September 11 that Episode 1: Act 2 will end on October 13.

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After this date, you won’t be able to redeem any of the rewards on your Act 2 Battlepass. It will instead be refreshed with a new pass for the third and final Act of the Ignition episode.

How long will it take to complete Act 2?

You’ll have the same amount of time to grind for all the Act 2 rewards ahead of Act 3’s release ⁠— 100 hours. Be sure to pace yourself though… Try to complete the daily and weekly missions, and grab yourself that knife at Tier 50.

If you want to blaze through the Battlepass at top speed though, there’s ways you can do that. We’ve got you covered for the best way to get from tier one to Tier 50 in a flash, so you can flex your rewards before anyone else.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.