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CouRage reveals why he knew he wouldn’t stay on OpTic Gaming

Published: 1/Jun/2019 11:07 Updated: 1/Jun/2019 23:23

by Joe Craven

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Popular Twitch streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has explained why he knew he wouldn’t be on OpTic Gaming for long, just days after joining the esteemed organization.

CouRage has exploded in popularity since he made the decision to quit as a Call of Duty caster back in March 2018, in favor of full time streaming. Since then, he has become a recognized Fortnite Battle Royale personality, even officially casting tournaments for Epic Games

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On May 31, during a Reddit AMA, he revealed how he knew he would not be staying with OpTic Gaming for long, after joining them shortly after leaving the Call of Duty World League.

Instagram: CouRageCouRage (far-right) has become a popular Fortnite streamer, thanks partly to his association with OpTic after he left the CWL.

CouRage wrote that as he travelled to Texas – where OpTic is now based – he was “excited as ever.” However, this attitude changed when he landed, and “every single member had their Twitter blacked out protesting the decision to drop OpTic Halo”.

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OpTic’s Halo team was dropped in March 2018, despite their incredible success – winning the 2017 World Championship and placing 1st or 2nd at every tournament they played under the Greenwall. The decision was generally attributed to parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment, who bought a majority share of OpTic Gaming from H3CZ in 2017.

CouRage said that it was at “that exact moment” that he knew his time on OpTic Gaming was going to be “short-lived”.

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The controversy surrounding OpTic Gaming and Infinite Esports is still ongoing, as rumors of them trying to offload the CoD team and selling OpTic to Immortals dominate the esports scene, as CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez scrambles to save them.

It seems that it was this uncertainty and chaos between OpTic’s members and owners that made CouRage realize he would not be on the team for long. He left OpTic in November 2018, and has since joined rival organization 100 Thieves, owned by ex-OpTic CoD player Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag. 

While CouRage enjoys the rewards of his hard-work, OpTic itself seems to be at risk of collapse, as the way Infinite are handling the organization appears all the more detrimental to its longevity.

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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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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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