Premier, VALORANT’s new competitive mode will provide players with a goal beyond Radiant and will be available for alpha testing only in Brazil starting next week.
The new in-game mode will be accessible to players directly within the VALORANT client, intended to provide players with a new objective beyond ranked play that, at a later stage, will be integrated into the esports ecosystem, paving the way for all players to qualify for VALORANT’s premier competitions. The new mode will be identical to the Clash mode seen in League of Legends.
Comparable to FACEIT, players may create their own teams, name and customize them with logos and colors, and compete across a season of pre-scheduled matches in Premier. After building a roster of five, your team will be placed in a division of a similar skill level where you will play across a persistent season consisting of weekly matches and tournaments to qualify for the end-of-season tournament to battle for the title of Division Champion
“We wanted to build a connection between the game and the esport through a highly competitive mode that would allow millions of players to experience VALORANT in a similar way as our VCT pros and teams.” Jon “EvrMoar” Walker, Riot Games’ Senior competitive designer, said in VALORANT’s blog post.
The tournament mode is still in its Alpha state and will be limited to only a select number of players in Brazil. Here’s a list of all the main parts of the game mode that will be tested:
- Team creation (with team logos and colors)
- Server load
- Tournament play (including a map pick-and-ban system)
- Premier Score (and qualifying for the end-of-season tournament)
- Matchmaking and queue health throughout the Alpha
- General bugs, and others.
There is currently no information on Premier’s worldwide release date since the mode is not yet finalized. Riot Games said in a press release, “In its current state, Premier is about 60% of all the planned features and functionally, but there are whole features that are absent in the current Alpha.”
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