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G2’s Mixwell shares secrets to “winner mentality” in Valorant solo queue

Published: 7/Sep/2020 0:26 Updated: 7/Sep/2020 9:09

by boxadmin


G2 Esports star Oscar ‘M1xwell’ Cañellas has offered some advice for Valorant solo queue players by sharing tips that improve “winner mentality” and stray users away from “loser mentality.”

G2’s M1xwell is one of the best Valorant players in the world, which is why many players look up to him as the golden standard for quality gameplay, and any tips he shares are always emulated by aspiring professionals.


He, like many other top-level players in the scene, obviously spends most of his time playing Valorant with a full team, but for those who prefer to solo queue or are limited to that option, the Spaniard has some pointers that could lead to improvement.

Mentality plays a huge role in gaming and esports; having a winning mentality vs a losing one can lead to drastically different results, which is why the former CS:GO star wants players to prepare their minds to put them in the best position to win solo matches.

Valorant logo and Mixwell on Valorant background

In a recent tweet, M1xwell listed some of the aspects that differentiate “winner mentality” from “loser mentality” when solo queuing in Valorant.


The post talks about two versions of an average player and how these mindsets impact a player’s gameplay. For players looking to win games, they need to be empathetic, mindful, communicative — a real “team player.”

Communicating with your team pre-game and during matches is essential; discussing agent compatibility and building is additionally important. Working not as an individual but rather as an entire collective group and upholding positivity in times of doubt is what evolves a squad into a winning one.

M1xwell also listed negative traits that a player with a “loser mentality” might have, such as auto-locking agents, badmouthing, playing individually, not working with your team, and not communicating. Players that possess these traits and have this type of mindset are most likely not to win games as they prove to be more deteriorative than supportive.

Riot GamesSolo queuing in Valorant isn’t easy, but pro player Mixwell’s advice can help you improve your “winning mentality.”

The G2 esports captain has accomplished a lot with his “winner mentality,” winning 13 tournaments since Valorant’s debut, collecting over $65,000 in prize pool earnings.

This, of course, all followed his stellar CS:GO career, so M1xwell has more than proven that he’s someone who knows his stuff in tactical FPS games, so his tips and secrets are definitely worth heeding.


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
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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:

  • 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.