Image via Riot Games The developers at Riot Games have come up with an official policy regarding when new maps and agents will be eligible for competitive play. Riot announced via the VALORING Twitter account that there will be a grace period two weeks for new agents can be played in the ranked queue, while new cards will enter the card pool four weeks after release. This means that Skye, the game’s new agent, will be available in competitive play on November 9. The new map, Icebox, will enter the rotation on November 24. We’ve heard questions about when the new agents and cards will be esports. ready (for example, First Strike). As we communicated to teams and players: new agents will be available after two weeks in the ranked queue, and new cards four weeks in the ranked queue. That means… – VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) October 21, 2020 Although it does indicate that Skye will not be eligible for the first 128-team open qualifying tournament for First Strike, which begins October 26. Agent will be in play, Barring critical bugs, for the second qualifier opened on November 11, regional first strike events will begin on December 3 and with Icebox being in the rotation by then, the prowess of one team on the new card could make a big difference in the results. Fortunately, teams will have over a month to prepare on the map, and nearly a month to find a way to exploit and counter Skye.