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Walmart selling esports merch from teams like Astralis, Team Liquid, and NYXL

Published: 11/Sep/2019 0:24 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 1:44

by Andrew Amos

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Walmart is now stocking merchandise from the best League of Legends, Overwatch, and CS:GO teams in the world, like Team SoloMid, the Los Angeles Valiant, and Fnatic on their website.

Walmart is now hopping on board the esports merchandise train, stocking jerseys and accessories from some of the world’s most recognizable esports brands. 

The Esports Fan Shop stocks items from the North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), the Overwatch League, the ESL Shop, and more. This means fans can pick up jerseys from Cloud 9, Ninjas in Pajamas, the San Francisco Shock, and over 40 more teams.

Tina Jo for Riot GamesLeague fans can get their hands on their favorite teams merch at Walmart now.

Most of the merchandise is sold and shipped from the outside organizations that originally stocked them. So, Overwatch League jerseys will still come from Fanatics and INTO THE AM, and LCS merch will still come from We Are Nations.

However, the prices on the merch has been significantly slashed in some cases, and free delivery is on offer for a lot of the items.

Fans can pick up a jersey from any of the 10 LCS teams for $60.00, the same price as We Are Nations, but get free delivery on any order.

Overwatch League jerseys for every team have been reduced in price by around 30% across the board, but fans won’t be able to get their hands on the Inaugural Season jerseys through the Walmart site. Free shipping is on offer, though, which might make it more appealing than buying straight off Fanatics or INTO THE AM.

CS:GO fans can also grab their favourite teams merchandise through Walmart and dodge the hefty shipping fees for the most part.

Activision-BlizzardOverwatch League merch from Fanatics and INTO THE AM is available on the Walmart website.

The American shopping giant has had a partnership with Mixer star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins since 2018, stocking his iconic headband in stores across North America for $21.99. They also stock Cloud 9-branded HyperX headsets and mouse pads in store.

While the Esports Fan Shop is currently only available online, it’s a step towards getting physical esports merchandise in brick-and-mortar stores.

Shipping looks to be US and Canada only, so international buyers won’t be able to grab some of the amazing deals on offer. 

But, if you are based in North America, now is the perfect time to snap up some of this year’s merch before teams debut new lines in 2020.

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Cloud9 Blue win Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifier: results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 1:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:45

by Bill Cooney

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The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers started on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition. However, only one could be the winner, and that was Cloud9 Blue.

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. Let’s get right into it and give you a rundown of the week’s action if you missed it.

Cloud9 Blue win NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier over Envy

Envy were fast out of the gates in the Grand Final of the NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier against Cloud9 Blue.

They took a hold of Ascent, and looked like the more clean and coordinated team as they eked out the win on the final round of regulation.

However, it may have just been a flash in the pan. Cloud9 hit back hard on their pick of Split, and it was easy to see why they picked it. TenZ solo out-fragged the entirely of Envy in the first half, and ended up with 29 kills when all was said and done.

The 11-1 score line at halftime was too much for Envy to overcome, eventually falling 13-7.

Cloud9 rode that Split momentum into Bind in the final-map decider. While Envy won the pistol on attack, Cloud9 steadied the ship to go on a spree. They won the next seven rounds to cement their lead, and put Envy on the back foot in the second half yet again.

Cloud9’s aggressive B-site takes on attack overwhelmed Envy’s defence, as they continued to push forward on the gas. Envy only got one round on their defence as they were decimated 13-5 on the final map, with Cloud9 securing the title and the first seed heading into the Closed Qualifier.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams

If you missed the first First Strike NA qualifier, you can catch up on the official Valorant channel. They’ve uploaded a VOD of the stream from every day of the open qualifier.

We’ve embedded the final for you below, but you can find the rest here.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier format

The Valorant First Strike tournament is the first of its kind for Riot Games’ newest FPS. The tournament kicked off with 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers, which got cut down to 32 teams.

All of the top 16 teams will advance to the first official qualifier on November 4 – 8, so being included on the podium here is more about pride than anything else.

As long as teams finish in the upper half of the 32-team bracket, they’ll get another chance in the second round of opening qualifiers.

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With the NA qualifiers in full swing, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier schedule and results

The competition began on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open, with each day seeing further action at the same time until October 30. This whittled down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier on November 4.

The top four teams from the closed qualifier will advance straight to the First Strike main event. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.

Below is the schedule for each day of the event. Please be aware that these times are subject to change at the discretion of the organizer.

Tuesday, October 27

Round (B03) PST EST  BST CEST
Round of 32 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Round of 16 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Wednesday, October 29

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Quarterfinals Sentinels 0 – 2 Gen.G Esports 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals Team Envy 2 – 1 T1 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals TSM 2 – 0 100 Thieves 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM
Quarterfinals Cloud9 Blue – 1 Slimy Boogermen 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Thursday, 29 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Semifinals Gen.G Esports 0 – 2 Team Envy 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Semifinals TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Friday, 30 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Grand Final Team Envy 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier: Final Placements

NA Open Qualifier 1 Top 16

Place Team
1st Cloud9 Blue
2nd Envy
3rd TSM
4th Gen.G Esports
5th – 8th Sentinels
T1
100 Thieves
Slimy Boogermen
9th – 16th Spot Up
XSET
Complexity
Luminosity
Renegades
Dignitas
Equinox Esports
Built By Gamers

All of the teams above have now qualified for the first closed qualifier, the NSG Tournament, scheduled for November 4 to 8.