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FaZe Clan announce $50k Valorant Ignition Series Invitational

Published: 28/Jul/2020 17:01 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:51

by Andy Williams

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FaZe Clan have announced their Valorant Invitational, which will boast the joint largest Ignition Series cash prize to-date and will see their full competitive roster make their long-awaited debut.

One of the most influential gaming organizations in the world, FaZe Clan acquired the talents of Counter-Strike veteran, Jason ‘jasonR’ Ruchelski, to lead them into yet another esport — Valorant.

Eager to field a top-tier side, FaZe have turned to Overwatch sensations, Corey ‘corey’ Nigra and Zachary ‘zachaREEE’ Lombardo, as well as former CS:GO player, Jimmy ‘Marved’ Nguyen to fill out the roster.

Now, the squad is primed to make their debut… And where better to do so than at their own event. The FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational will bring together the best North America has to offer, as sixteen teams will compete for the lion’s share of $50,000.

Zachareee fist bumping during OWL game.
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Former Overwatch pro, zachaREEE, joins FaZe ranks as they aim to dominate Valorant.

When is the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational?

There are two events: a qualifier event and then the main event. The FaZe Clan Ignition Series Qualifier event will take place between August 1 – 2, where teams will battle it out for the top four spots to proceed to the Invitational.

These four squads will be joined by 12 hand-picked teams to compete in the main event, which will take place between August 6 – 9. The Open Qualifier will provides amateur teams with an opportunity to showcase the best homegrown talent North America has to offer.

With the main event being a part of the Ignition Series, you’ll be able to catch all of the action on both the Valorant Twitch channel and FaZe Clan’s Twitch channel (embedded below).

“We are so excited to team up with our friends at Riot and our amazing partners at Nissan and Verizon to put on this tournament,” FaZe Clan’s Chief Revenue Officer, Jeff Pabst said. “Fans can expect a true FaZe Clan live experience chock-full of entertainment unlike any tournament the gaming community is used to seeing.”

Riot’s Head of North American Esports Partnerships, Matt Archambault, expressed his delight to be working with the FaZe brand in conjunction with the Ignition Series.

“FaZe is a name that’s immediately recognizable across esports, and we’re thrilled to support their debut Valorant event… With the [joint] largest prize pool to date in the Ignition Series, and hand-picked competitors, we’re confident the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational will not only live up to the hype, but will be yet another huge step forward for Valorant competition in North America.”

With a healthy mix of amateur talent competing against the very best North America has to offer, the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational is primed to go down as another closely-contested event.

Missed some of the Ignition Series events? Catch-up with all the action from all around the world with our dedicated hub, which details both past and future events.

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Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo

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The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.