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Fortnite star mitr0 joins Team Liquid following 2019 contract drama

Published: 22/Jan/2020 18:08

by Scott Robertson

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Fortnite pro player Dmitri ‘Mitr0’ Van de Vrie is taking a big step forward in his young competitive career, signing with Team Liquid for 2020.

The Dutch 17-year-old had a tumultuous, drama-filled end to his 2019, but has set high expectations for himself going into the new year.

For the best Fortnite player to come out of the Netherlands, the long free agency period is over. On January 22, Team Liquid announced that they had signed Mitr0 to their European Fortnite roster.

In the announcement, Liquid’s Fortnite manager Kory Arruda said that he had to reach out “the second [they] heard [Mitro] became a free agent.” There’s good reason for the team to be excited, as Mitr0 has established himself as an excellent player, having won multiple events over the past year and a half as a solo, duos, and squads player.

 

The Dutch native said in the announcement that “it was always a dream” to be in Liquid, but despite arriving at his dream destination, his journey to Liquid was closer to a nightmare.

Back in September, #FreeMitr0 started trending after YouTuber ‘TheFortniteGuy’ and Twitch streamer THump alleged that the player was stuck in a bad contract with Team Atlantis. According to them, he was being “grossly underpaid” and was “trapped in a 2-3 year deal with terrible benefits.”

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Mitr0 teamed with Mongraal and benjyfishy, who then supported him during his Atlantis contract dispute.

Other pros such as Turner ‘Tfue‘ Tenney and Mitr0’s trios teammates in FaZe Clan’s Kyle ‘Mongraal‘ Jackson and NRG’s benjyfishy tweeted out in support of the young pro, and after Team Atlantis released a statement regarding his contract, the two agreed to mutually part ways.

With one of the largest brands in esports now supporting him, Mitr0 has set his expectations high for the 2020 campaign, saying his goal is a “top 3 power rankings spot” and to play well across multiple game modes.

As for the future of the Fortnite game itself, he hopes that he might see the minigun return, calling it “legit the most fun weapon to use.”

During 2019, Mitr0 won several different events even during his very public departure from Team Atlantis.

This included victories in Solos Cash Cup, Trios Cash Cup and Trios Champion Series with Mongraal and benjyfishy, and a handful of different Squads events to close out the year. He also finished sixth in Duos at the Fortnite World Cup. Not bad for someone who played his first game and “thought it was a sh*t game” that he didn’t play for a month after.

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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

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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.