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Cloud9 TenZ becomes first NA Valorant player to reach highest rank

Published: 2/May/2020 23:41 Updated: 2/May/2020 23:53

by Michael Kelly


Cloud9 streamer and former Counter-Strike pro Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo became the first player in North America to reach the highest rank in Valorant.

TenZ became the first player to reach the highest rank in Valorant on May 1. After spending the early stages of ranked play largely at the ‘Immortal’ rank, TenZ was promoted to the game’s ultimate pinnacle, the ‘Valorant’ rank.


He achieved the tier after a game that saw him drop 33 kills on Sage.

Last year, TenZ was surprisingly benched from Cloud9’s CS:GO roster, and rumors had been circulating that perhaps he was going to be picked up by another team in professional Counter-Strike.


However, C9 locked up their prospect and converted him into a full-time streamer before any other organization could swoop in.

Needless to say, the move has been paying massive dividends for Cloud9 as TenZ has risen to extreme prominence in Riot’s next promising esport title.

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With Valorant taking the FPS world by storm, TenZ has emerged as one of the most notable names in the game’s budding community.

However, he’s not the first to achieve the ‘Valorant’ rank on a global scale. Prior to him becoming the first North American player to reach the game’s apex, multiple European players had reportedly reached the rank, as well.

Regardless, the achievement warrants praise and recognition, nonetheless. Even the official social media team congratulated TenZ on his accomplishment.



What makes this feat even more impressive is that ranked play was only enabled on April 30. It took TenZ just over 24 hours to climb to the top.

In the coming days, it’s possible that we might see more players on the North American servers reach the ‘Valorant’ rank, but for now, he stands alone atop the ladder.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
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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.