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How to watch $25k T1 Valorant tournament ft Shroud, Sinatraa, more

Published: 4/May/2020 10:49

by Connor Bennett

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Popular esports organization T1 is hosting a $25,000 Valorant tournament that will pit some of the best players around against each other. Here’s everything you need to know in order to watch along.

When the Valorant closed beta went live on April 7, gamers from around the globe quickly flocked to Twitch in hopes of getting access to the beta through watching streams. Plenty of players have already gotten into the beta, with Riot Games opening it up to more regions as time goes on. 

With some esports athletes already finding their groove, a few have made the switch – with the most shocking coming in the form of Overwatch League MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won. He, alongside his new Sentinels teammates, will be competing in T1’s Valorant Invitational and look like the favorites to take home the top prize. 

Player shooting in Valorant on Split.
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Some of the best Valorant players around with do battle in T1’s event.

What time is the T1 Valorant Invitational event?

The eight-team T1 Valorant event kicks off on Monday, May 4th at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/6 pm BST/7 pm CEST – meaning that fans from around the globe can watch a good portion of the action at a pretty reasonable time.

The matches should start pretty quickly after the show kicks off and barring technical difficulties, the action should flow smoothly. Though, it is an online event so there might be a few issues at some point. 

T1 Valorant tournament streams

While a number of popular streamers and players are involved in the event, the main action will unfold on the T1 Twitch channel. This will be hosted and casted by Alex ‘GoldenBoy’ Mendez and Chris ‘Puckett’ Puckett.

Though, you will be able to watch some of your favorite players stream from their own POV. So, we’ve compiled a few streams below so you’ve got a central hub for everything. 

Watch live video from T1Esports on www.twitch.tv

Watch live video from Skadoodle on www.twitch.tv

Who is playing in the T1 Valorant Invitational event?

As for the teams taking part in the event, two squads made it through open qualifiers, but one is headed up by CS:GO pros like Wardell and Subroze.

In terms of invited teams, you’ve got Team Shroud with Shroud and a few old CS:GO teammates, Sentinels’ new Valorant squad with Dizzy filling their fifth spot, and T1’s own Brax-led lineup that also lends a lot of former Counter-Strike players. As of writing, there is still one team left to be announced, but you can find the full rosters 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
Team TBD TBD

With all of these players having plenty of time with Valorant, there should be some depth to their action – meaning we might start seeing some creative strategies, ability usage, and utility placement.

Who will take home the biggest slice of the $25,000 prize pool remains to be seen, but it should be an entertaining watch.

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Guild Esports announces Valorant roster of former CSGO pros

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:59

by Daniel Cleary

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David Beckham’s Guild Esports has announced their entry into Valorant after confirming the signing of top European roster “Bonk,” which features former professional CS:GO players like draken, Yacine, and more.

After recently declaring a mysterious £3.6 million sponsorship deal, Guild Esports has announced their entry into the Valorant competitive scene on October 21, revealing the signing of a new European roster.

The London-based esports organization, backed by football star David Beckham, confirmed the signing of top-ranked Swedish roster “Bonk” as their first official Valorant line-up.

In their announcement, Guild said that the team was chosen following a “rigorous selection process” and revealed the “sought-after players”, which included some Valorant pros who first made a name for themselves in the Counter-Strike scene.

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Guild Esports has already fielded teams in Rocket League and FIFA.

“Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space.” Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman at Guild Esports, added, “Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases, and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games.”

The new lineup features players such as former Fnatic and NiP star William ‘draken’ Sundin, who was joined by fellow CS:GO pros, Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari, and Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin.

The CS:GO players were joined by two-time Paladins world champ, Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench, and 16-year-old talent Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson, to round out the Guild Esports’ inaugural Valorant roster.

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Guild Esports will be looking to compete at Riot’s upcoming First Strike regional tournament.

“Guild is an organisation with big ambition that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. I’ve always been an ambitious player and want to create a legacy that will last,” Yacine revealed in the announcement,” Our team has already proved itself at a top-level and now the goal is to become world champions.”

As they have been competing together prior to signing with Guild, the Swedish team has already proven that they are capable of success in the European circuit, with top two placements in the recent Ignition series and Mandatory Cup tournaments, only falling to G2 Esports in both events.

Now under the Guild Esports brand, this lineup will likely be gearing up for the first official tournament organized by Riot Games, First Strike, with the European qualifiers kicking off on November 9. You can see the full Guild Esports Valorant team below.

Guild Esports’ Valorant roster

  • William ‘draken’ Sundin
  • Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari
  • Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin
  • Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench
  • Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson