Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañella Colocho, Valorant pro for G2 Esports, has hit back at critics of his team following another impressive tournament result on July 11.
Mixwell is one of many Counter Strike: Global Offensive players to make the leap to Riot Games’ new FPS. However, while a bedding in period is expected for most players, the Spanish esports star has taken to Valorant like a duck to water.
A first-place finish in the Twitch Rivals Valorant Europe Showdown has been followed by back to back victories in Ignition Series events.
The three event wins has put Mixwell’s G2 roster in the driving seat as one of the strongest professional teams at this early stage of competitive Valorant.
Mixwell has been on a roll after joining G2 Esports.
After winning the Ignition Series on July 11, Mixwell initially tweeted to congratulate his teammates, before saying: “I want to dedicate this win to the people that is having a rough time, I love you, don’t give up things will get better”.
However, it seems that the absence of negative comments towards Mixwell was noticeable, and began to frustrate the G2 star.
He subsequently tweeted: “Won Twitch Rivals and people said that I’ve won because it was full of influencers. Won Ignition Series G2 Esports Invitational and people said that there was no real teams in the event. Won Ignition Series Vitality EU Open and I don’t see you anymore, where are you?”
Won Twitch Rivals and people said that I’ve won because it was full of influencers.
Won Ignition Series G2 Esports Invitational and people said that there was no real teams in the event.
Won Ignition Series Vitality EU Open and I don’t see you anymore, where are you?
It seems that people doubting Mixwell’s talents have disappeared in the aftermath of a third tournament victory, and the Spaniard is keen to point out that he continues to prove those doubting his ability wrong.
Whether G2’s hot start to the world of competitive Valorant can continue is another matter, but their early form appears to have shut the doubters up, for now at least.
Riot are now taking the reins with Valorant esports. First Strike marks Riot’s intentions of taking over the game, after giving community organizers the chance to give players a taste. There’s more on the line than ever before too.
We’ve had a taste of what Valorant esports could look like with the Ignition Series. Now, Riot are looking to up the ante to make sure Valorant sticks around for the years to come.
First Strike comes just months after the game’s release, and it’ll be Riot’s first endeavor operating the game’s esports scene directly. While there’s still community involvement, Riot are taking the reins.
It marks a shift towards a more League of Legends-style model of esports than the CS:GO-style of community tournament organizers. Whether this means regional leagues are down the line is anyone’s guess, but it’s a big step forward for any aspiring pros.
Here’s what you need to know about Valorant First Strike, from the regional events, how to enter if you are keen, as well as keeping track of the big winners across the world.
What is Valorant First Strike?
First Strike is a new global tournament series for Valorant. It will be organized and operated by Riot themselves, a change from the format they did for the Ignition Series.
Events will take place across the globe, with regions being divided up into major and minor. Major regions will get bigger prize pools and events, while smaller nations will still be supported as minor regions.
“First Strike will provide our thriving competitive ecosystem with the platform to showcase their greatness, build regional legacy, and a foundation that will support the esport for years to come,” Senior Director of Esports Whalen Rozelle told players.
Icebox could be in play for the First Strike regional finals.
Valorant First Strike rules
There’s a few rules you need to follow if you want to take part in Valorant First Strike. First of all, some requirements: you have to be aged 16 or above, and have a rank of Immortal 1 or higher.
Teams also have to be made up primarily of players local to their respective regions. Three of the five members of each team must be local to each respective region they are playing First Strike in.
Valorant First Strike stream
While there are many regions, you can find all of the First Strike streams in one uniform place — on the official Valorant account. Individual regions will also have their respective events streamed on different accounts, depending on who Riot has licensed to run the event.
We’ve embedded the main stream below.
Valorant First Strike format
Each First Strike event will feature open qualifiers which lead into regional finals. Any team that meets the requirements are able to sign up and test their mettle to fight their way to the top.
The open qualifiers vary from region to region, but for the most part the open qualifiers will involve single-elimination, best-of-one brackets to help find the top eight teams in each region.
Once the top eight are decided, they’ll be sent off into a regional final across four days — December 3 to 6. From here, only one will be crowned the First Strike champion, taking away all of the regional bragging rights.
First Strike will take place across these regions:
North America (Major)
Latin America (Major)
Asia Pacific (Minor)
Valorant First Strike events schedule
Qualifiers for First Strike will be starting in late October, although not all regions have locked their dates in. This will lead into the regional finals in December.
We’ve listed the currently known qualifiers, schedules, and results below. Once more information is made available, we will let you know.
First Strike: Europe
Open Qualifiers: November 9 to 22, four in total.
Top 16 teams from each Open Qualifier will progress to Play-Ins.
Top 16 teams from Play-Ins will progress to Playoffs.
Top 8 teams in Playoffs will progress to Regional Finals.