Who is Omen? Valorant’s mysterious League of Legends Agent - Dexerto

Who is Omen? Valorant’s mysterious League of Legends Agent

Published: 3/Mar/2020 14:27

by Andy Williams


Plenty of information has surfaced on Valorant’s gameplay and the majority of characters, but little is known about one Agent in particular.

Eight Agents surfaced as part of Riot Games’ Valorant press release on March 2. An array of Agents have made Valorant’s starting roster of characters, with four more rumored to be in the pipeline ready for the game’s official release.

While we have developed a pretty comprehensive profile on most of the characters, Omen seems to be flying under the radar. So here’s everything we know about the mysterious Agent so far.

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Riot’s 5v5 character-based shooter will feature an assortment of characters that will shake up the FPS meta.

Who is Omen?

Omen is described as a shadow hunter, whose origins are completely unknown. According to the Agent’s description, he “renders enemies blind, teleports across the field, then lets paranoia take hold as foes scramble to uncover where it might strike next.

While images of the shadow hunter remain under wraps, a lot can be deduced by their namesake. Originally a League of Legends concept, Omen was set to be a Voidborn creature.

However, due to a lack of direction, the Champion never made the cut and was ultimately replaced by Riven on Summoner’s Rift.

The Agent’s namesake was intended on being a Voidborn Champion and that Omen’s Valorant lore is built on the “the unknowable nothingness that lies beyond” — which seems to fit Omen’s mysterious dark and cryptic character description all too well.

Valorant's Omen
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Omen is a hooded figure, whose face is obscured by a ‘void.’

Omen’s abilities

Buyable ability 1: Paranoia — Send out an Ethereal shadow in a straight line, Nearsighting anyone it touches.

Buyable ability 2: Shadow Walk — After a delay, dematerialize and teleport a short distance.

Signature Ability — Dark Cover: Cast out a stealthed ethereal orb that bursts into an obscuring sphere of shadow at its final location. Can be charged to increase distance.

Ultimate Ability — From the Shadows: Select anywhere on the map to teleport and reform. When arriving, appear as a Shade, that will go back to your original location if killed. Once the teleport is complete, become Incorporeal for a short time.

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Omen will be able to teleport around the map, which could prove beneficial in diffuse situations.

You can tell a lot by an Agent from their Signature Ability, and Omen’s ability to manipulate the shadows with an ethereal orb plays into their League of Legends’ ties.

Moreover, Omen’s power to become temporarily bodiless as part of their Ultimate Ability all-but-confirms their knack of manipulating The Void.

So could Omen’s lore act as a direct link into the League of Legends universe? This would certainly be a logical reason as to why they’re the only Agent Riot have kept under wraps thus far.


How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.