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Nadeshot explains why criticism of 100 Thieves LCS team isn’t fair

Published: 15/Nov/2020 15:46

by Joe Craven


Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, popular esports entrepreneur and ex-professional Call of Duty player, has criticized the current state of the LCS, arguing that it simultaneously wants teams to develop young talent and win trophies. 

100 Thieves’ recent expansion into the second season of the CDL has caused major excitement among the esports community. The organization’s success has been largely mixed in esports so far, but the thought of it coming back to its owner’s roots has, understandably, generated anticipation.

One of the esports in which we’ve already seen 100 Thieves compete is League of Legends. The roster has had mixed success, and seen a plethora of players come and go.

However, as many fans look forward to the future, Nadeshot has been reflecting on his organization’s mixed fortunes in the LCS.

Nadeshot in 100 Thieves merch
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Nadeshot has founded 100 Thieves, with the organisation now owning the LA Thieves slot in the CDL.

During a November 13 live stream, Nade took some time to discuss his issues with the LCS, explaining that he finds some of the standards placed on rosters unrealistic and contradictory.

“Here’s the issue with League of Legends esports,” he said, while playing Black Ops Cold War. “Every, every, every single fan and journalist wants you to win now but then they preach about development of talent. It’s win now, develop talent at the same time. It’s a very difficult thing to do.”

Essentially, Nade is arguing that developing talent often comes at the expense of not winning trophies for at least a few seasons. Young players can often take time to gel and perform, requiring coaching and practice to be able to compete with the very best.

“League of Legends is a difficult space for a new team,” he continued. “I mean, obviously we went to Worlds our first year which was incredible. [But] I think that just gave us unrealistic expectations… We were matched up against teams that have been in the league for 10 years. We had to come in and build relationships with players, player’s managers and agents, other organisations to make transactions with each other. It’s not as easy as it may seem. Everybody just wants us to write a cheque and go and get the best players right away. We tried to do that.”

He summarized the issue by saying that, irrespective of the research and due diligence, multi-million dollar deals for players can go wrong if the player simply doesn’t pan out as expected.

What the future holds for 100 Thieves League of Legends isn’t particularly clear, but Nadeshot clearly has some issues when it comes to unrealistic expectations from fans and journalists. Only time will tell whether they can turn their mixed fortunes around.


How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.