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How to watch April 7 Twitch Rivals Valorant event ft. Summit1g, xQc, more

Published: 7/Apr/2020 16:24

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch will be hosting a Valorant-based Twitch Rivals showcase on April 7 to celebrate the launch of the closed beta. Here is everything you need to know about it. 

After a whole raft of content creators finally got to show off their Valorant gameplay on April 3 and give away beta access in the process, Riot Games finally released the closed beta on April 7. 

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With the start of the closed beta comes the start of the first Twitch Rivals, which will see a number of Twitch broadcasters across Europe and North America join forces in the hopes of claiming victory. So, let’s take a look at what is going down during the event.

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Plenty of gaming fans are hoping to get into the Valorant beta.

What time is the Twitch Rivals Valorant Showcase event?

The Twitch Rivals Valorant showcase will be split into two portions – the European side of things, and the North American event. These will run at different times.

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The European portion of the event will start at 5:45 pm BST/12:45 pm EDT/9:45 am PDT/6:45 pm CEST on Tuesday, April 7, before the North American section starts later in the day at 10 pm BST/ 5 pm EDT/ 2 am PDT/ 11 pm CEST  

Twitch Rivals Valorant Showcase event format

Format wise, the event is pretty simple. Each region will have eight teams competing – split into two groups of four where they will play round robin best-of-one matches. 

The top two teams from each group will then move on to the final portion of the Twitch Rivals showcase before the two winners will then move on to the Grand Finals in order to crown a region’s overall champion.

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Twitch Rivals Valorant Showcase event streams

If you want to catch all the action in one place, then Twitch will be running a centralized stream that will recap games, keep you up-to-date with standings, and provide some additional Valorant content. 

However, if you’re on the hunt for a key in order to gain access to the closed beta, you’ll have to watch streams that have the ‘drops enabled’ tag on Twitch. We’ve embedded a few as well so you don’t have to go anywhere.

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Who is playing in the Twitch Rivals Valorant event?

As for the teams, there are some pretty high-level competitors involved – including a range of former and current pro players from different esports such as Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Fortnite, and Apex Legends. 

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Though, it wouldn’t be a Twitch Rivals event without having everyday streamers involved too. You’ll be able to catch creators like Summit1g, TimTheTatMan, Forsen, xQc, and DrLupo in action. 

Twitch Rivals Valorant Showcase event teams

EMEA Group A

Team Roster
Team OnScreen OnScreen, Valkia, Smooya, HenryG, Pansy
Team Gotaga Gotaga, Mickalow, Azox360, Kinstaar, Jbzz
Team Winghaven Winghaven, Blackelespanolito, Thegrefg, ibai, leviathan
Team Jahrein Jahrein, Wtcn, Thaldrinlol, Videoyun, Mithrain

EMEA Group B

Team Roster
Team LotharHS LotharHS, Neog5, g5TAZ, Izakooo, Pago3
Team Zerator Zerator, Alphacast, MoMan, Houngoungagne, Wipr
Team GDolphin gdolphn, Orb, Forsen, Stormen, Noizeeh
Team TBD TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD

North America – Group A

Team Roster
Team Summit1g Summit1g, Shazam, JoshOG, LeXCS, TBD
Team TimTheTatman TimTheTatman, Aceu, Mendo, Dizzy, Fl0m
Team Yassuo Yassuo, xQc, Moxxy, ahad, jaomock
Team Hiko Hiko, Skadoodle, N0thing, Brax, AZK

North America – Group B

Team Roster
Team JakenbakeLIVE JakeandbakeLIVE, a_seagull, emongg, syncdez, its_wiked
Team AnneMunition AnneMunition, Iridium, Poach, Electra, Rivington
Team Bnans Bnans, DrLupo, Kephrii, LuluLovely, HighDistorition
Team MissHarvey MissHarvey, 72hrs, Pterodactylsftw, Lord_Kebun, FemSteph

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about Twitch Rivals showcase for Valorant on April 7.

All you have to do is kick back, relax, enjoy the action, and hope that you manage to snag some precious beta access from the streams. 

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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
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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:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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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

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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:

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  • 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.

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