MAD Lions are riding high in the LEC at the moment, and despite being very fond of his squad, head coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack isn’t willing to call them the best European side just yet.
With a record of 7-2, MAD Lions are currently pacing the LEC standings as they sit tied for first place with Rogue, two games ahead of both G2 Esports and Misfits Gaming.
Speaking with Dexerto following their seventh win in eight games on July 3, Mac expressed that his team still had things to work on, despite leading the pack.
“We are currently number one in the standings, but that doesn’t make you the best team necessarily,” he said. “We still have lots to work on and that’s something I try to highlight to our players every single day: ‘hey, we have some weaknesses here, let’s make sure we keep going and don’t stop.'”
It’s been all smiles so far for MAD Lions in the LEC Summer Split, as they’re current in first place after three weeks of matches.
That said, Mac is very proud of how well his players are performing, especially highlighting Top Laner Andrei ‘Orome’ Popa as someone who deserves more credit.
“Orome played the most unique champions the entire league last split, never got recognition for that, deserved recognition for that,” he noted. “He’s still the exact same flexible, consistent Orome and he’s really stepped up in other regards as well.”
MAD Lions had a slight slip-up in their second match of Week 4, losing to Misfits, but they’ll look to bounce back in an important match versus G2 when Week 5 kicks off on July 17.
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.
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.
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:
November 9-10: Qualifier A
November 11-12: Qualifier B
November 13: Play-In #1
November 14-15: Playoffs
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.
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:
December 3-4: Quarterfinals
December 5: Semifinals
December 6: Final
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
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:
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.