Valorant Patch 1.11 threw Future Earth into absolute chaos for both professional and casual players. But Riot Games has revealed part of its plan to hold First Strike Global Finals after the 1.11 madness.
Patch 1.11 will be etched in the history of Valorant and Riot Games. Described by Valorant developers as a "nightmare", the disruption caused by the patch clearly influenced developers' decisions to release fewer patches through December.
This chaos, however, could not have come at a worse time. The patch was released and then revoked right in the middle of the regional qualifiers for First Strike.
This left many fans curious as to which patch players would be competing on, whether there would be a patch change midway through some tournaments, and how that impacted competitive integrity. Well, in the latest issue of Ask Valorant, Valorant Esports Strategy Manager Riley Yurk explained how this will work with the upcoming First Strike: Global Finals.
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Yurk describes First Strike's current status as being 'Tournament Realm-lite', referring to the idea that the patch has been changed in the pro game to stay the same during the event, but there is no private tournament server… yet!
He states that “We were planning to use a separate patchline (consider this Real-lite Tournament) for the main event, but ended up releasing it too early to allow tournaments to continue in the same patch they started. This has allowed us to keep esports in a separate patch from live and is something we are bringing globally to the First Strike main event December 3-6. ”
So while the games are all on the same patch, there is currently speculation about which patch this is. What has become clear, however, is that Skye and Icebox will no longer be disabled for the First Strike main event, which starts on December 3rd.
Also, the last Patch (1.12) was very sports-oriented, so the likelihood is that Riot will implement 1.12 for the First Strike main event. However, we will keep you updated as more details emerge regarding the final decision on the First Strike patch, so keep an eye on this space!