Who is Phoenix? Valorant agent's abilities, gameplay, lore revealed - Dexerto

Who is Phoenix? Valorant agent’s abilities, gameplay, lore revealed

Published: 6/Mar/2020 5:03 Updated: 8/Mar/2020 16:02

by Isaac McIntyre


Riot Games has revealed in-depth details about one of the first agents in its upcoming FPS release Valorant. From the fiery character’s signature ability and ultimate, to his in-game lore and gameplay, here’s everything we know about Phoenix.

After a few sneak-peeks at the Phoenix and the rest of the Valorant roster earlier this week, Riot has officially begun lifting the lid of the first eight agents that players will be able to get their hands on when the title is released.


In a teaser video released on March 5, Riot showed Phoenix ‘clutching’ a one-vs-five round with his abilities, as well as his towering ultimate.

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Phoenix (left) and Jett (right) are two of the eight agents set to make up Valorant’s starting roster.

Phoenix’s gameplay revealed

As revealed in Riot’s teaser video on March 5, Phoenix is going to be armed to the teeth with fire-based abilities. Some even seem to let him control the battlefield and lock enemies out of the action for a short time.


In the clip, the fiery agent appears to open the round with his signature ability, Curveball (see below for more details). As he walks forward, he curves the floating orb around the corner, into a room with an enemy.

He downs his stunned opponent in a flash, giving him his ultimate power ⁠— “Run it Back” ⁠— though he doesn’t activate it.

Instead, he uses one of his purchasable abilities, Blaze, on a wide space on the map. A wall of fire rises up, giving him time to stun and then kill two more enemies. The use depletes its single bar, so it must be a one-use move.


Phoenix’s abilities in Valorant

While only two of Phoenix’s supernatural moves were shown off in Riot’s March 5 teaser, we already know each of the four powers the agent will wield.

As well as Blaze and his signature ability Curveball, both of which were on full display in the 32-second clip, the British character also boasts “Hot Hands,” which deals damage to his enemies, and heals allies.

Additionally, Phoenix’s ultimate, which he acquires in the gameplay footage but never activates, seems to work similarly to Apex Legends’ newest character Revenant. When you die, or the ability runs out, you teleport back to the original cast point.


This is a little different from the villainous simulacrum that arrived in Respawn’s battle royale in Season 4. His ult gives him and his teammates death protection too, but in Apex they return with just a single point of health.

Here are all of Phoenix’s abilities and their full descriptions:

  • Hot Hands: Throw a fireball that explodes after a delay or upon impact with the ground. The fire zone damages enemies, and heals you.
  • Blaze: Cast out a flame wall that blocks vision and damages anyone passing through it. You can bend the wall when casting by turning while holding left-click.
  • Signature Ability ⁠— Curveball: Cast a curving flare that bursts into brilliant light after a brief delay, temporarily blinding all looking at it. Left-click curves it left, right-click curves it right.
  • Ultimate Ability ⁠— Run it Back: Mark your current location. If you die during this ability’s duration, or when this ability’s duration expires, you’ll be reborn at the marked location with full health.
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Phoenix’s abilities — and apparently his personality are very fiery.

Phoenix’s lore & personality

The new agent speaks a few times during the teaser video as he deals with his foes, giving us a better insight into what we can expect from Phoenix as we get to know him across the lifespan of Valorant.

Phoenix, who Riot confirmed comes from the United Kingdom, if his accent wasn’t obvious enough, seems to be a cocky character. As well as his debut quote in the tweet ⁠— “you know the name” ⁠— his bravado comes across in-game.

“Oh, you want to play? Let’s play,” the British agent says as he activates his first move in the teaser, and once he’s finished dismantling the enemy team with his flashy abilities he adds a simple taunt too: “One shot!”

One final clue for Phoenix’s cocky nature was already given to us when the eight agents were first revealed. The agent’s reveal description tells us he will be “rushing into fights on his own terms… whether he’s got back up or not.”

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Eager fans finally got their first look at Phoenix’s gameplay after Valorant’s official account released a teaser on Twitter.

So when can you play Phoenix?

For now, those eager to start playing Phoenix right away will have to be patient ⁠— Riot has confirmed Valorant will launch in Summer 2020 for “most regions around the world.” As of yet, there’s been no exact release date locked in.

It is expected that Valorant will have a beta period to test things in the new FPS though. It was originally thought to be dropping on March 2, according to Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, but that came and went without a release.

Eurogamer also suggested on March 4 the beta would be dropping “in the next few days,” but Dexerto confirmed with Riot this was not true either. For now, we’ll just have to wait patiently as more Valorant details are revealed.

Unfortunately, the wait for more in-depth gameplay videos on the title goes on too, after Riot made the “difficult” call to cancel their capture events due to concerns around the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

As always, Dexerto will continue to bring you the latest details as more information becomes available. For all Valorant news, updates, info, and content, make sure to follow us on Twitter @ValorantUpdates.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
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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:

  • 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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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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:

  • 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.