Riot’s new tactical first-person shooter is being slated as a mix of Overwatch’s heroes with Counter-Strike’s shooting mechanics, but as former CS:GO pro Maniac explains, it’s the latter that is crucial to success in Valorant.
“Counter-Strike and Valorant are very similar”, Maniac begins, explaining how natural it felt to shoot the weapons and master the basic movement, given their familiarity.
Maniac was playing the game at Riot’s online boot camp, where he was mixed with other players from all different gaming experience and backgrounds, and said there was a noticeable advantage for FPS players, who could instantly pick up the aiming and shooting mechanics.
“It was easier for us to get in touch with the game, understand how it works,” he continues, “I’m talking about Counter-Strike players obviously, I’m also talking about Overwatch players.”
For CS players especially though, it’s more than just the mechanics of the games that feel natural. The very essence of the game mode itself: 5v5, attack vs defense, and two bombsites (in Valorant, there is actually a map with three bombsites).
So, if you’ve been playing Counter-Strike for years, but are looking for something new to try, Valorant could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.
Flashpoint is returning for Season 2 on November 9, featuring 12 top CS:GO teams playing online duking it out over a $1 million prize pool. Seven teams from Season 1 have been confirmed to return.
After an up-and-down first season, Flashpoint is looking at making things right in Season 2. They are bringing the big guns too, retaining their $1 million prize pool, while also looking to up the competition with new teams.
The CS:GO league, which is a rival to ESL Pro League, will be returning to your screens on November 9. The competition this time will be hosted in Europe, taking place online with a studio broadcast.
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Flashpoint Season 2 to boast $1 million prize pool
The big selling point of Flashpoint is its $1 million prize pool. With $500,000 going to the winner, winning Flashpoint can set teams up for the rest of the year.
There will be no format changes for Flashpoint Season 2. The three-phase points system, including three double-elimination groups of four, will remain as the format of choice. The top eight teams in the regular season will then progress to the double-elimination playoffs.
The tournament will still be held online, however. They are aiming to get all teams over to Europe to play, while also having the broadcast hosted out of the B Site studio in London.
“We’re eager to give our fans a raw and unfiltered CS:GO tournament series while still taking necessary precautions to keep players safe,” commissioner Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles said in a statement.
Flashpoint Season 1 champions MAD Lions will be returning to defend their title.
Flashpoint Season 2 teams
12 teams will compete in Flashpoint Season 2. Of those, 10 will be directly invited, while the remaining squads will make it in through two Open Qualifiers. The top four teams from each qualifier will then duke it out in a double-elimination bracket to decide the final two teams.
Seven squads from Season 1 are returning to the online competition, including Season 1 champions MAD Lions, finalist MIBR, and the new-look Cloud9. One notable omission is partner team FunPlus Phoenix, who are instead working on building for 2021 after their Season 1 disaster.
“Our plan is to take our time and focus on 2021. We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster. We are currently in talks with several orgs and individual players,” general manager Petar Markovic said on October 6.