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Complexity Gaming finally reveal Valorant roster

Published: 17/Jul/2020 18:21 Updated: 17/Jul/2020 18:28

by David Purcell

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Complexity Gaming have finally revealed their new Valorant roster, and it’s full of upcoming stars with backgrounds in Apex Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. 

The announcement was made on July 17, and just like you might expect, five names have been unveiled to be part of the esports org’s premier team.

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Complexity already have well-known rosters in the worlds of CS:GO, Call of Duty, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Rocket League and more. Now, those who represent their Valorant division have been confirmed.

The team will include Michael ‘AGM’ Abood, Cody ‘Frisco’ Day, Riley ‘ohaaiii’ Nguyen, Corbin ‘CoM’ Lee and David ‘Xp3’ Garrido.

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Ohaaiii played Apex professionally before moving to Valorant.

Following the reveal, Sören Vendsahm, GM of Complexity Gaming, said the following: “Valorant is an exciting game that’s shaping up to have a vibrant competitive ecosystem, and we’re thrilled to officially be a part of it.”

“Our Valorant team comes from diverse competitive backgrounds and has shown great chemistry and significant potential. We’re looking forward to seeing how our team grows and develops over the coming months, leveraging our dedicated support staff and vast resources available to them as a part of the Complexity Gaming family.”

Complexity has followed the lead of other esports orgs in signing mainly former CS:GO pros to their Valorant team, based on the similar gameplay styles of both games.

Now that Complexity has a Valorant squad of its own, the only question left is when we’ll finally get to see them in action. The team isn’t taking part in the ongoing $50k WePlay! Valorant Invitational, but we shouldn’t have to wait long to see their skills shine.

Valorant and its esports scene are still in their infancy, and while some teams and players are definitely making their mark early, it’s still basically a blank slate to see who will rise to the top and become the best of the best. Whether Complexity will get there remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to watch how this squad comes together.

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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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