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Riot Games has disabled the newest Agent in VALORANT, KAY/O, for the upcoming EMEA qualifier and main event, according to sources close to Upcomer.

The VALORANT Champions Tour 2021 Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1 open qualifier is set to begin on June 28, just six days after the Season 3 Episode 1 patch goes live. The main event will begin on July 7. The patch will introduce KAY/O along with extensive weapon and ability changes for the upcoming VCT Stage 3 events. 

KAY/O’s status for the North American qualifier and main event remains unclear. 

This decision will allow teams to practice the newest Agent before the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, which begins in August. This event will likely have KAY/O enabled, but this remains as speculation. 

Other changes coming with KAY/O in Patch 3.0 for VCT Stage 3

The 3.0 patch, introduced alongside Season 3, is set to patch a number of issues such as run and gun accuracy alongside multiple changes to the price of weaponry and abilities. Jett, for example, has had two of her abilities bumped up in price. 

The Operator, the most powerful sniper rifle in VALORANT, has had its price reduced from 5000 to 4700 credits. The Bulldog and Guardian, two of the more underused rifles, have had their prices reduced respectively. 

Every Agent in VALORANT except Killjoy has had at least one or more of their abilities changed in price, however. Omen, Breach, Jett and Skye have received the most extensive changes while Phoenix and Yoru have had their flashes changed in price. 

The single elimination European Open Qualifier, set to begin in nine days, features 512 teams, with the top eight earning a spot at the Closed Qualifier. This event will feature 16 teams with eight teams earning automatic qualification. 

The top eight of the closed qualifier will earn a spot at VCT Challengers 1. The top four of this event earn qualification to Challengers Playoffs in August.

George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.
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