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Gen.G dominate $25K T1 Valorant Invitational – recap, final placements

Published: 5/May/2020 2:46 Updated: 5/May/2020 2:47

by Brad Norton

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Gen.G’s newly-announced Valorant roster has entered the competitive scene with a bang, cruising through the upper bracket of T1’s $25K Valorant Invitational to score their first major victory in Riot’s new title.

While Valorant is still early into its Closed Beta period, tournaments have been popping up with great frequency as teams look to get an initial edge on the competition. T1’s $25K Invitational brought together some of the best players across the North American region and the results were closer than ever.

From Team Shroud to the Sentinels, many of the most popular FPS esports veterans collided in the stacked, double-elimination tournament. Here’s how all the action unfolded during the May 4 event.

Player shooting Jett in Valorant.
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T1’s Valorant Invitational brought together early frontrunners in the competitive space.

Recap of the T1 Valorant Invitational

The tournament started with a swift set of 2-0 matchups as Gen.G, mouseSpaz, Sentinels, and Team Brax all punched their tickets to the second round in the upper bracket. Team Shroud was among the first to drop into the lower bracket, though they fended off two more opponents before being knocked out by mouseSpaz.

Sentinels only found a single series win throughout the invitational, despite filling the fifth spot on their team with former Apex Legends pro, Dizzy.

Failing to drop a single map throughout the entire upper bracket, however, it was Gen.G that eventually took home the first-place prize in dominant fashion.

The newly announced squad faced some tough competition in Team Brax throughout the Grand Finals, losing the first map in the series. But they closed things out with a 13-11 win in the next map to lock in the top spot.

T1 Valorant Invitational Final Results

Place Team Prize Money
1st Gen.G $25,000
2nd Team Brax
3rd mouseSpaz
4th Team Shroud
5th Sentinels
5th Team Sonii
7th Prospects
7th Team Kurt

T1 Valorant tournament streams

While a wide array of popular content creators and professional players were in the mix, a hub stream on the T1 Twitch channel kept on top of the action. Hosted by Alex ‘GoldenBoy’ Mendez and Chris ‘Puckett’ Puckett, you can catch up on the full broadcast below.

We’ve also embedded a few individual streams so that you can rewatch from the perspective of your favorite competitors.

Watch live video from T1Esports on www.twitch.tv

Watch live video from Skadoodle on www.twitch.tv

Who played in the T1 Valorant Invitational event?

Six teams were invited by T1 directly for the event, while another two squads rounded out the list after earning their way in through Open Qualifiers.

Stacked rosters turned up for the tournament, with pros ranging in a variety of competitive backgrounds from Overwatch and CSGO to Apex Legends.

2019 Overwatch League MVP, Sinatraa, competed alongside his newly announced Sentinels roster. While  CSGO veterans in shroud and Brax, captained their own teams through the event. A full list of competitors can be found below.

Team Roster
T1 Brax, AzK, Crashies, EliGE, Skadoodle
Team Shroud Shroud, n0thing, Hiko, just9n, Relkys
Sentinels Sinatraa, ShahZaM, SicK, Zombs, Dizzy
MouseSpaz Wardell, Subroza, reltuC, drone, hazed
Prospects Cp2, Church, JoshRT, BabyJ, winsum
Team Sonii Sonii, StrongLegs, Swisher, Anger, Thief
Team Kurt Kurt, kaboose, witmer, ultra, vow
Gen. G Effys, MkaeL, Guimond, HUYNH, PLAYER 1

As Valorant continues its Closed Beta, there will be plenty of events for competitive fans to look out for. But it was Gen. G who took the T1 Invitational by storm on the very day of their announcement.

Keep your eyes peeled for future tournaments as the Valorant scene continues to ramp up.

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Riot planning Valorant attacker buffs after “oppressive” defense concerns

Published: 25/Oct/2020 6:37

by Andrew Amos

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Tactical shooters like Valorant often struggle to keep the balance between attackers and defenders even. Riot’s hit FPS title is no different, with a chorus of complaints about the game being too “defender sided.” However, the developers are looking at flipping the balance.

It’s a tale of two sides, but it’s hardly a fair one in Valorant. The defenders get most of the screen time, while the attackers try to make it into the credits.

The game has swung relatively heavily into the defender side on every map. The new Agent releases like Killjoy haven’t helped the situation, with Sentinels being more available and oppressive. Players have also managed to coordinate defenses better generally.

Killjoy in Valorant
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Sentinels like Killjoy have been a major part of Valorant’s perceived “defender-sidedness.”

This imbalance is too far in their hands, however. Riot is concerned with the “oppressive” nature of defense in Valorant, and are looking at how they can potentially bring the opposing forces back into equilibrium.

In an interview with Hitscan, senior game designer Max ‘Orcane’ Grossman outlined Riot’s goals with balancing out the two sides. While it was “expected,” as Riot believes players “get better at defense before they get better at offense,” the bias has slipped a bit too far into the defenders’ hands.

“The big thing we’ve been looking at is the defender-sidedness of the game. It’s one of the trends we’ve observed over the course of the game,” he explained.

“When the game launched, the maps were pretty much 50-50, but as time goes on, the maps have become more defender-sided, especially at higher ranks.

To right the ship, Riot are looking at giving attackers a bit more agency, and cull defenders’ power. This will be through a combination of Agent changes ⁠— like those planned to Killjoy and Cypher ⁠— and potentially some map changes too.

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“There’s a handful of things that we’re looking to tweak to make defense feel a little less oppressive. [This will] probably mostly target some character changes.”

The overall goal is “to not make defending harder, but more nuanced, and create more opportunities for attackers to capitalize on advantages,” according to Orcane.

The first set of these defender sided changes are expected to ship on Valorant Patch 1.11, which is due to launch on October 27. Riot wants the changes in before First Strike to ensure a “stable competitive environment” for all, so expect them to be big.