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Team Liquid reach LoL Worlds 2020 groups after shock INTZ defeat

Published: 28/Sep/2020 13:27 Updated: 28/Sep/2020 15:36

by Matt Porter

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North American giants Team Liquid have sealed their place in the League of Legends Worlds 2020 group stages, but suffered a stunning defeat to INTZ in their fourth play-in match. 

Coming into Worlds 2020,  many predicted that Team Liquid’s first match of the tournament would determine how things would go for them, and the North American side seemed destined to qualify for the group stages comfortably after knocking off the LEC’s MAD Lions in their first match, and dominating Papara SuperMassive early on Monday, September 26.

With just one match standing between them and qualification, many predicted that TL would steamroll over Brazillian squad INTZ to secure their place in the tournaments main events, but fans across the globe were left stunned when the underdogs with a 0-3 record pulled off a surprising comeback to take their match, and forced Team Liquid to play a first-place decider in the process.

Jensen and Broxah playing for Team Liquid
Colin Young-Wolff / Riot Games
Team Liquid were the overwhelming favorites to beat INTZ.

INTZ came out aggressive to start their match against the North American side, but Team Liquid were able to expand and set themselves up to dominate the midlane with an impressive 4,000 gold lead, and set up the 1-3-1 composition with an eye on wiping on INTZ and taking home the victory.

While Team Liquid did make some mistakes, it was INTZ’s ability to crack their 1-3-1 set up and take Impact out of the game that proved to be the turning point for the Brazilians, and their clean team fights were the catalyst that drove them into the Team Liquid base, taking down the inhibitors before entering into a final team fight to wipe out TL once and for all, and destroy their Nexus.

Despite the stunning defeat, Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen quickly took to Twitter to admit that they had played a “bad game,” before turning his attention to their next game, saying that there was “nothing to do about it at this point,” and that they were going to “reset and prepare for the tiebreaker.”

Thankfully for LCS fans, Team Liquid did just that and put in a dominating performance in their 1st place tiebreaker against OCE’s Legacy Esports to secure their place in the group stages of Worlds 2020. It took just over 20 minutes for TL to destroy the enemy Nexus, with Broxah’s use of Graves causing Legacy problems time and time again as they picked up their second victory of the team at Worlds 2020.

“I’m feeling pretty relieved,” Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen said after the match. “I’m glad we don’t have to go into a Bo5, because I think some of the play-in teams look pretty strong at the moment. We picked really strong lanes this game. We’ve been trying to be more cohesive as a team, so I think that we’re better at snowballing the game with small leads. We’re just playing better, and the aggression kicks in naturally.”

Legacy’s run at Worlds 2020 isn’t over yet though, and they still have the opportunity to qualify on Wednesday, September 30 when they compete in a best-of-five showdown with either Rainbow7 or LGD Gaming, with the final group stage spot on the line.

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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.