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Complexity unveil new Cowboys color scheme and logo in major “3.0” rebrand

Published: 3/May/2019 21:26 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 17:52

by Alan Bernal

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One of North America’s premier and longstanding esports teams Complexity Gaming unveiled a complete rebrand on May 3, as the organization prepares to venture into the next great chapter of their story.

Complexity have been a standout in fielding highly competitive teams in numerous esports for well over a decade, but now, it’s looking toward bigger and better horizons for the next stage of their operations.

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The team sent out everything from a new manifesto to multiple announcement videos in revealing the switch in colors and logo. In their release, Complexity gave their fans a look at the new direction the team will be taking.

Complexity are changing in more ways than one

The organization will now sport a new blue and white scheme, with their logo completely changed to better reflect that of their sister team, the Dallas Cowboys.

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The team’s CEO Jason Lake released a message about the changes in a brief video detailing the inspiration for the rebrand, as well as what it means for the future of esports as a whole.

“Anyone that’s followed us understands that our history [is] incredibly important to us,” Lake said. “We’re really proud of our legacy. But at the same time I don’t want us to be anchored in the past at the cost of the future.”

Lake says that the rebrand coincides with the “imminent launch” of the new GameStop Performance Center, which will “include state-of-the-art performance training and recovery facilities for players as well as a public space for fans and sponsors among other amenities.”

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Complexity TwitterThe company’s redesign means its fans will have a lot more merch to choose from.

The next step in esports evolution

The company will be striving to push toward a new Esports 3.0 initiative, where esport athletes will be treated the same as professional sports athletes.

The new direction will be fueled by the company’s “five C’s brand pillars,” which includes Competition, Community, Culture, Cause and Convergence.

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In this vein, their new headquarters will serve as a physical manifestation of sorts for one of the brand’s new pillars, which will incorporate “advances in technology from traditional sports to continue to evolve and reshape the broader esports ecosystem as a whole.”

In their 15-year history, Complexity has won over “140 championships in nearly 30 games titles,” and will look to produce even better results in the new era of the team.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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