Riot Games Honors Players’ Request to Remove Breeze Map From Valorant Tournament

Published 05/04/2021, 2:45 PM EDT


Riot Games is aiming to bring back competitive LAN tournaments in 2021. Every major region of the esport competed in the grueling qualifiers to stand a chance at Valorant Masters in Iceland. Now, everything has concluded, with each region’s champion teams securing a slot to compete for the ultimate prize.

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This would serve as the first opportunity for Riot Games’ tactical shooter to conduct a LAN tournament. In spite of the current state of the world, Riot Games has found a safe way to organize this event. The tournament was supposed to include every released map into the pool, but it looks like Breeze will have to wait for its turn.

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Valorant Masters Iceland will not include Breeze

Act 3 of Chapter 2 mainly focused on adding the 6th map Breeze into the mix. However, this addition only made matters worse for professional players. The map is still in the test run and it does not feel ready for normal competitive play, which puts an asterisk on its addition in a professional setting.

Hence, the pro players requested Riot to remove it from the tournament. By all means, Breeze would have made things a lot more interesting, but it seems too soon for Iceland’s event.

Now, Riot Games has wholeheartedly agreed with the request, as it removed the map. Only 4-weeks of time isn’t enough for teams to practice a map of this scale.

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Breeze received a positive response as compared to Icebox

Breeze received amazing feedback as compared to its predecessor Icebox. The community fell in love with the map design and the massive open spaces. It did not follow the usual recipe of tight corners and obvious pathways, which makes for predictable plays. Breeze indeed felt like a breath of fresh air with its multi-lane setup and expansive design.

No wonder professional players did not feel comfortable playing the map with just 4 weeks’ time. Teams would need to invest a significant amount of time in order to cook up effective strategies.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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