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OpTic Gaming cut ties with several international pro teams and content creators

Published: 2/Nov/2018 22:11 Updated: 3/Nov/2018 4:51

by Albert Petrosyan


North American based esports organization OpTic Gaming have cut ties with several of their international pro rosters and content teams.

A flurry of announcements filled social media on November 2, revealing that OpTic had let go of its teams based around the world, including Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Brazil.

This includes the regional Gears of War team in Mexico, which participated in just a single major event under OpTic – 2018 GPC New Orleans Open – placing 7-8th and winning $5,000.

“As we part ways with our regional Gears Team, we are thankful for their time and unwavering training to bring the local fans a trophy,” OpTic Mexico tweeted. “We’re proud of their resolve and we believe they will see future success in the Gears Pro Circuit. Thank you.”

Elsewhere, the Southeast Asian sector of OpTic’s international division, which did not feature any pro players but included a three-person content creation team, will no longer be representing the Green Wall. 

“We would like to thank our content team for sharing their creativity and energy with Southeast Asia,” OpTic SEA tweeted. “As the regional teaming comes to close, we know they will continue to drive fan engagement in SEA and we wish them well in future projects. Thank You.”

OpTic have also parted ways with their all-female CS:GO roster in Brazil, which had only been put together in early September. The team competed for two events under OpTic, placing first in both.

“Since OpTic has decided to put an end to their international rosters, we do not represent OpTic BR anymore,” tweeted out pro player ‘Showliana,’ “We’re looking for a new org, DM is open.”

OpTic have not put out any official statement as to whether they’ve given up on their international competitive ventures completely, but for now it seems as though the org is focusing its efforts on their main domestic teams.

It has certainly been a busy few weeks for them, with the OpTic India CS:GO team recently dropped after pro player ‘Forsaken’ was infamously caught using a cheat at a major tournament, which was followed by a massive realignment of personnel within the corporate side of the org. 


Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifiers: teams, streams, schedule

Published: 26/Oct/2020 22:16 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 22:19

by Bill Cooney


The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers start on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition.

First Strike is being called “the first major in VALORANT esports,” at least by Riot Games and their organizing partners Nerd Street Gamers.

There are certainly enough teams to keep track of as the bracket of the first Open Qualifiers get going, so let’s get right into it and take a look at some of the bigger teams competing, streams to catch the action, and the tournament schedule.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifiers schedule

The competition will begin on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open. This will whittle down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier.

From there, the top four teams will advance straight to the First Strike main event which starts on November 4. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier teams

Like we mentioned before, there are a total of 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers. To keep things from going too long, we’ll be listing the top-tier teams below:

  • Spacestation Gaming
  • 100 Thieves
  • Immortals
  • Team Envy
  • FaZe Clan
  • Phoenix1.gg
  • Luminosity
  • Dignitas
  • Sentinels
  • Complexity
  • T1
  • NRG
  • Cloud9 Blue
  • Cloud9 White
  • Renegades
  • TSM

A full list of every single participating team can be found right here, for those that are interested as well.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams

You’ll be able to catch all the action on Nerd Street Gamer’s Twitch channel which is hosting the main stream, but how they will keep track of 64 different matches will be very interesting to see.

If you want to just follow one team in particular, there are a number of casters following along with some major teams on their personal channels. Not every team will be listed below, but we will update the list as more become available.

T1 – CastawaysTV

Dignitas – Door_Casts

TSM – Keith LaFortune

Cloud9 Blue – Keglunneq

Cloud9 White – SUNSfanTV

There you have it, streams, teams (the big ones at least) and the schedule for the Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifier #1. Be sure to check back as we will have the final results once things wrap up right here on Dexerto.