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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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“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 Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • 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
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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:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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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

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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:

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  • 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.

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