xQc reveals Valorant's biggest "upside" compared to Overwatch - Dexerto

xQc reveals Valorant’s biggest “upside” compared to Overwatch

Published: 3/Apr/2020 23:46 Updated: 4/Apr/2020 3:10

by Brent Koepp


During his April 3 broadcast, Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel responded to a viewer being negative about Valorant’s graphics. The Overwatch pro explained why Riot Games’ FPS visual style has some important advantages.

After months of anticipation, Valorant made its public debut on April 3 as streamers on Twitch were given access to experience the Riot Games title in front of their viewers.


While reacting to other personalities playing the FPS, xQc responded to a donation that was critical of the game’s graphic style. The Canadian explained to his chat why it actually benefits players.

The streamer was in the middle of reacting to Valorant gameplay footage, when a donation came in that was negative towards the game’s graphics. The Canadian responded, arguing that it’s a positive thing.


“Okay listen, even if you were to say the art is bad and I could agree with it, people with trash PCs can load it. Which means more players. Which means more talent that can come into the game,” he said.

The Overwatch pro continued, stating that the art style meant better technical performance. “It means less lag. Less things to complain about when you die to some stupid f**ing visual s**t. It just means there is less downsides that are related to performance!”


xQc then pointed out to his chat that the visuals of the characters’ abilities didn’t lag the game. “I mean chat, say what you want, have you seen a single frame lag when any abilities pop out?” he asked.

The streamer proceeded to cite moves from heroes in the game to demonstrate his point.”When the walls come out from Viper or Omen or Sage, there’s never lag because of visual cluttering. There just isn’t. There is no lag. That’s the big upside dude.”

He then compared it to Overwatch’s elaborate visuals. “I love Overwatch, but when there is a f**ing Zen ult, Symmetra ult, I’m getting FPS lag. And people in stream can’t even see what the f**k is going on!”


Riot Game has touted Valorant as being designed from the ground up around competitive integrity, focusing heavily on stamping down on cheating and lag. So perhaps xQc has a point about the game’s visual advantages.


The former Overwatch pro continues to crush it on Twitch, amassing over 2.4 million followers to his channel. Viewers have been drawn to the personality’s rants and passionate takes on things – and this is the perfect example of that.


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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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.