From Monday, the gaming community is lively discussing the potential of VALORANT, a new tactical shooter produced by League of Legends’ Riot Games. One of the main topics of all conversations and questions are the skills of individual heroes, through which the game began to be compared more to Overwatch than to Counter-Strike. Riot activists, however, ensure that all character talents will be only strategic assistants that are there to help on the battlefield, not to eliminate opponents. In this article, you will find all the information about the characters and their skills we currently know, that will be hosted in VALORANT on the day of the beta release.
Incindiary – Throw an incendiary grenade that inflicts area-of-fire damage.
Stim Beacon – Track a nearby location to summon a beacon that gives all nearby players speed.
Signature Ability: Sky Smoke – Use your map to summon an orbital smoke screen that limits vision. Click to select the location and confirm to fire.
Ultimate: Orbital Strike – Use your map to mark the location by shooting a devastating orbital impact that pulsates, dealing high damage in a matter of seconds.
Cloudburst – Throw a cloud of fog that obstructs vision after a collision. Hold the skill button to change the cloud trajectory.
Updraft – Bounce up after a short load
Signature Ability: Tailwind – Instantly jump a short distance in the direction you are moving.
Ultimate: Blade Storm – Get some killer flying knives that deal moderate damage and kill on headshots. Conquest kills all knives. The left button throws a single knife. Right click throws all remaining knives in quick succession.
Free Ability: Trapwire – Place a hidden wire between two walls. The opponents will be immobilized and revealed for a short time. If the trap is not destroyed, it activates, stunning the imprisoned victim. Can be raised.
Cyber Cage – Throw away the remotely activated trap. Activate again to create a cage that slows down enemies who pass through it. Look at the trap and press USE to detonate it or hold ACTIVATE to detonate all.
Signature Ability: Spycam – Create a remote camera. After creating it, use it again to see the camera view. When you use the camera preview, you can use the left mouse button to launch the tracking arrow. It renews when you pick up a camera or kill a rival with it.
Ultimate: Neural Theft – Get information from the opponent’s body, showing the location of all living rivals.
Paranoia – Send an ethereal shadow in a straight line, limiting the visibility of everyone it touches.
Shadow Walk – After a short time, dematerialize and teleport over a short distance.
Signature Ability: Dark Cover – Create a hidden ethereal sphere that becomes an obscuring shadow circle at your destination. Charging will increase the distance.
Ultimate: From the Shadows – Choose anywhere on the map to teleport and reform. Upon arrival, you will appear as a shadow that will return to your original location if killed. When the teleport ends, become immaterial for a short time.
Hot Hands – Ejects a ball of fire that explodes after a short time or collision with the ground. The circle of fire damages opponents and heals you.
Blaze – Creates a wall of fire that blocks vision and deals damage to anyone who passes through it. You can bend the wall while casting by holding down the left mouse button.
Signature Ability: Curveball – Throws a flare that explodes after a short time, temporarily blinding everyone who looks at it. The left mouse button bends the trajectory to the left, right analogously to the right.
Ultimate Ability: Run it Back – Marks your current location. If you die during the skill or its duration ends, you will be reborn in the marked location in full health.
Snakebite – Launch a projectile that explodes, creating a stain of the damaging acid.
Posion Cloud – Cast a gas emitter that you can reactivate to create a poison cloud at the expense of fuel. The emitter can be raised and cast again after a short wait.
Signature Ability: Toxic Screen – Arrange a long line of gas emitters that can be reactivated to create a high wall of toxic gas at the expense of fuel.
Ultimate Viper’s Pit – Create a huge toxic cloud in a large area that floats as long as Viper is in it. Opponents inside the cloud are highlighted for Viper.
Slow Orb – Eject a radiant ball that explodes when collided with the ground, creating a slowing area.
Barrier Orb – Construct a large, solid wall. Use the right button to rotate the wall before use.
Signature Ability: Healing Orb – Heal your ally or yourself to full health in a matter of seconds.
Ultimage: Resurrection – Select the ally’s body. After a short time, resurrect them.
Shock Bolt – Launch an exploding arrow that emits a shocking pulse of static energy on impact.
Owl Drone – Place a remote-controlled drone that can fire an arrow to reveal hit rivals.
Signature Ability: Recon Bolt – Launch the arrow that applies the sonar. It, in turn, pings upcoming enemies, revealing them. It can be destroyed.
Ultimate: Hunter’s Fury – Launch up to three deadly energetic explosions that spread throughout the map. Each enemy hit takes considerable damage and is marked.
Let us remind you that the premiere of VALORANT will take place in the summer of 2020. At the moment, we also don’t know when exactly we can expect beta testing to start.
As per earlier leaks, this morning the American studio Riot Games flooded us with information about their first game in the genre of First Person Shooter. The title, which until now was called Project A, will now be called VALORANT. The creators also revealed further details.
It is certain that the game will take place in teams of 5, and the producers themselves characterize VALORANT as a shooter based on various characters. The competition on each map will take place in the MR12 system, i.e. up to 13 rounds won by a given team, i.e. it will probably be shorter than in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where the MR15 rule applies (up to 16 rounds won).
As was known before, in VALORANT players choose heroes, and each of them will have a different set of skills, but accurate shooting is to be the most important aspect. According to Twitter user Slasher, eight characters are initially expected to be available: Sage, Cypher, Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Viper, Sova and Omen. However, it can be assumed that this group will grow over time.
VALORANT is also to offer a lot of different weapons, which seems to confirm the trailer published today, in which we can see the following buying menu.
From the beginning, Riot intends to counteract all people who will want to cheat in the game by introducing appropriate anti-social security measures. The developers clearly care about the players’ comfort, which is also indicated by the fact that they have already announced the presence of 128 tickrate servers, which Valve has been asked for for a long time from those who play matchmaking in CS:GO.
VALORANT will be a free game, and the manufacturer ensures that thanks to the appropriate optimization, everyone will be able to enjoy the game, even those whose equipment is not the latest. The premiere of the PC game in most regions of the world is scheduled for summer 2020.
Finally, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the gameplay presented today, which comes from the alpha version of the game.
Today, North American fans of CS: GO are in for a real treat — in a battle that will select one of the participants of the Intel Exteme Masters Katowice 2020 playoffs, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses will clash. This duel is scheduled for the evening, which does not mean, however, that there will be boredom sooner. European powers will be fighting to extend their tournament existence.
Wednesday’s struggles will open duels in the 1st round of the losers’ ladder group B. After a day break, TYLOO and 100 Thieves will enter the action, who might face each other in the battle not soonthat could be the final of Asian Minor. 100T players have, however, been around the world for a long time, so they will be the favorites today. The candidate for victory is much more difficult to indicate in the meeting between Virtus.pro and MAD Lions. On Tuesday, both teams threatened Liquid and EG, respectively. Now a good performance alone is not enough and you will have to see this one yourself.
In the next series of games, we will observe a fight of a completely different caliber. Both G2 Esports and mousesports have confidently won their Monday matches, so they can check in today in the playoffs. On the other hand, Ninjas in Pajamas and Natus Vincere don’t have this comfort, both currently have one triumph and one defeat at IEM Katowice 2020. The aspirations of this duo certainly reach higher than to finish in the top 12, therefore we have to prepare for competition holding suspense until the last shot fired.
Also known brands will appear on the server in the evening. In addition to the previously announced North American hit, we will also be able to follow the battle of FaZe Clan with Team Vitality. The European mix of stars for the start of the struggle in Upper Silesia succumbed to Natus Vincere, but yesterday they returned to the right track and confidently coped with Renegades.
Bees, however, can come back after a 0-2 defeat against Astralis in the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket. Richard “shox” Papillon and company released a significant advantage on Vertigo and did not give themselves a chance to fight on the third map. Today such a mistake will be tantamount to saying goodbye to Katowice.
This is the schedule for the third day of the CS: GO competition at IEM Katowice 2020 (local time, CET):
12:00 TyLoo vs 100 Thieves
12:00 Virtus.pro vs MAD Lions
15:30 G2 Esports vs mousesports
15:30 Ninjas in Pajamas vs Natus Vincere
Gen. G Esports could not have wished for a better LAN debut on the CS:GO stage. The organization’s players triumphed in DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020, without losing a single map. At the same time, they also secured promotion to the prestigious DreamHack Masters Jönköping 2020 event.
Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand and his colleagues already in the semi-final presented their championship aspirations, defeating North after a fierce battle. The Danes were an extremely demanding rival and both on Dust2 and Mirage fought until the last moments, leading to overtime. However, they finally lost 0:2.
In turn, FURIA Esports and Complexity Gaming faced each other in the second semi-final match. During this skirmish we have already watched the full three maps — coL players who won Mirage started better, but FURIA responded on Overpass. As a result, everything was to be decided on Nuke, on which everything was settled in favor of the Brazilians only with the result 16:14.
In the finals, however, we again witnessed only two duels. Maybe there would be three if FURIA did not make so many mistakes. These, however, were like water on the Gen.G players’ mill — they effectively exposed all the shortcomings in the opponents’ game, which was particularly evident on Nuke, because it was there that they managed to smoothly overcome them 16: 7.
Inferno brought us a lot more excitement. It was true that BnTeT and company made a better start, but after changing sides, they clearly lowered their tone, releasing the lead and allowing the opponents to reach overtime. Nevertheless, the dominance of the North American team was undeniable, which is why Gen. G triumphed 19:15.
The final DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 standing and the distribution of the prize pool:
We’ve known since October that Riot Games is preparing a first-person tactical shooter, which is known — at least for the time being — under the name Project A. Already the first information about the new production of a popular developer suggested that it could become a rival of the Counter-Strike dominated FPS scene. And now the specifics have finally reached us. And all thanks to private playtests, featuring professional players, esports analysts, and gaming personalities, including Henry “HenryG” Greer, Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski, and Filip “NEO” Kubski, among others.
Some participants of experiments carried out in Dublin at the beginning of the year yesterday evening shared their feelings with the rest of us. “Three weeks ago I was with Pasha and NEO in Dublin and we played Project A,” said a popular polish CS:GO streamer Piotr “izako” Skowyrski. “With a dozen other people we were the first team in the world to play this title. And I will tell you that it is very cool!”
“Look, this will be Counter-Strike’s first direct competition in esports history. This is the first game with economics like in CS. There will be economics, there will be bomb sites — it’s awesome. We played all day and it was really fun,” he continued. “The problem with CS was that it never had competition in this category. I am very crazy about this game. The feeling of shooting a rifle is the same as in CS. Project A is not Apex Legends, neither is it Overwatch, contrary to the expectations of many people. Character skills are more like Counter-Strike grenades than Overwatch skills.” he added.
“I was afraid of some candy graphics, but I will say that it is not so bad. The game is very transparent and it is very cool. There are different weapons and skills, but shooting and movement are more important than skills. Skills are supportive, just like grenades in CS. Recoil is also the same as in CS, not at all like it is in Call of Duty or Battlefield for example. As soon as the game comes out, I will definitely play a lot of it. I think it has huge potential,” sumarized Skowyrski.
HenryG had similar things to say about the game in his series of Tweets. “The gameplay and gun mechanics are super slick and satisfying,” he said in a Tweet. “On the build I played we experienced pretty well balanced and varied hitscan weapons that had their own unique spray patterns and best method(s) of approach for your situation or position.”
“ProjectA is the best game I have played since CS:GO,” Greer concluded.
The release date and final name of Project A are not yet known. According to information from Riot, this year we are to know more details about the emerging FPS.
The CS:GO season is starting to slowly unfold, so it’s time to get to know the details of one of the major leagues announced in the calendar for several months. The organizers of B Site shared their new name, FLASHPOINT, because that’s how the official title of the competition will be.
FLASHPOINT will be the first league in CS history to be owned and created by representatives of several leading esports organizations. Among the founders of the league we will find brands such as MIBR, Cloud9, OverActive Media (mother organization for, among others, MAD Lions), Gen.G, Dignitas and c0ntact Gaming. The operator of the league will be FACEIT, which until now has dealt with, among others competition under the name Esports Championship Series.
The teams themselves can count on really substantial financial rewards. For twelve league participants — ten permanent and two selected by qualifying — as much as $2 million will be allocated, which can be obtained throughout the entire 2020 season. FLASHPOINT officials also revealed the format of the league.
As they say, the term “league” might be an overstatement, because we will simply experience two tournament phases. Each of them will be attended by all twelve teams, which will be divided into three groups. The situation will repeat itself on the occasion of the second part of the season, and in both cases the same number of tournament points will be earned, which will later decide on participation in the playoffs played in the double-elimination system. Eight teams will go to this part of the competition.
All meetings will be held offline, and during the broadcast behind the microphones there will be some of the biggest names in the scene. You can read more about the casters and cast at this address. It is worth noting that the first open qualifications for the tournament are already scheduled for tomorrow, and you can sign up for them via this link.
Interestingly, even players on whom VAC ban was imposed can try their luck, provided that it took place before February 5, 2018. This is the league organizers’ response to the claims of the community, who expressed their dissatisfaction with the previously binding regulations (i.e. permanent bans).
More details for the competition are set to follow soon.