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xQc explains why some elements of Valorant “annoy” him

Published: 2/Apr/2020 7:50

by Andrew Amos

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Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is hyped for the impending release of Valorant, Riot’s first FPS title, although he has a few concerns about how the game will play out.

Valorant’s closed beta is the talk of the town in the streaming community. Last weekend’s Alpha test has cranked interest up, and now regular players are waiting to get their hands on a beta key to try it out for themselves.

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xQc has been fortunate enough to try the game out already. The five-versus-five hero-based tactical shooter has been touted as an “Overwatch killer” ⁠— a game the former Overwatch League pro holds close to his heart.

However, after having played Valorant, a few things have left the streamer desiring more. The streamer was conscious of how much he could let up ahead of the April 3 embargo, but did share a few details with fans about the upcoming release.

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His major problem was with abilities. It’s a core gameplay mechanic of Valorant, however xQc mentioned that in his playtest, there were some he didn’t “enjoy” playing with, or against.

“I don’t want to be negative ⁠— I sh*t on games as much as I worship them,” he said. “I don’t know if some abilities, and some things, are good overall, [or if] I don’t enjoy them because of my own personal opinion.”

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He expanded on why abilities can make Valorant infuriating to play compared to a game like CS:GO. According to the streamer, trying to retake sites after the spike has been planted is annoying purely because of the utility everyone has access to.

“I genuinely think that retaking sites when you lose them is f**king annoying dude. It’s an absolute piece of sh*t,” he explained.

“In CS [Counter-Strike], you rarely have a wall that has 3,000 HP, two lines of Viper sh*t, glowing fire, and flying people. There’s none of that in CS.”

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xQc pointed out Viper as one of the more annoying agents to deal with in a retake.

xQc did admit that he “loved the game” however, describing it in simple terms Twitch chat can understand: “I thought it was PogChamp.”

Valorant’s closed beta will drop on April 7 to a small number of lucky players. Want to grab a beta key for yourself? We’ve got all the info on how to get one here.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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

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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:

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  • 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.

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