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How to watch G2 Esports Valorant Invitational: schedule, teams, more

Published: 18/Jun/2020 18:26 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:56

by Daniel Cleary


Popular esports organization G2 Esports has announced that they will be hosting a Valorant Invitational tournament, as part of Riot Games’ Ignition Series, which will feature some of the top European stars battling it out on the new FPS title. Here’s everything you’ll need to tune in to the event.

The launch of Valorant on June 2 has generated a lot of hype for the future of the character-based shooter and now Riot is set to hold their first official tournament as part of the recently announced ‘Ignition Series.’

The Valorant Ignition Series will see Riot partner with other organizations to put a spotlight on community-run events, and G2 Esports, who recently announced the pickup of Mixwell to their roster, will be first to host an official tournament with a European Invitational, that will offer a €15,000 prize pool for all of the players involved.

In the G2 Valorant Invitational, the pool of players have been randomly assigned to their teams a day before the event in an attempt to reward the teams with the “best adaptability, communications, and teamwork” in the competition.

Led by the eight pre-selected captains, each team will have to work together if they plan on taking the crown during the first Ignition Series tournament.

What time does the G2 Valorant Invitational start?

The G2 Esports Invitational event is scheduled to run for three days from June 19-21.

Viewers can tune into the action live for the first match of the tournament, which is set to kick off at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 2 PM BST/ 3 PM CEST on June 19.

The first two days of the event will consist of Group stage matches between the eight teams involved before moving into bracket play on Sunday, June 21 to determine the winning team.

How to watch the G2 Valorant Invitational?

Multiple streams will be broadcasted for the upcoming Invitational event, with the primary stream available on G2 Esports’ official Twitch channel.

Each of the players competing will also be streaming their own point-of-view on their individual channels, giving plenty of choice to viewers looking to tune in.

The Valorant event will even have a Spanish broadcast for the finals, with popular commentator and YouTuber Ibai Llanos hosting the action on his own stream as well.

G2 Esports’ official Twitch stream

Who is playing in the G2 Esports Invitational?

There are many big names competing in the tournament including the G2 CEO himself, Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez, who has been quite active on Riot’s new title since its release.

Pro players such as mixwell, Taimou, and many more of the top European stars have been selected to take part in the event. You can find the full list of teams and players in their groups below.

Group A

Team Roster
arch arch, Noizeeh, Fearoth, Tohaj, pm
mixwell mixwell, davidp, fitinho, CREA, Orb
ZeratoR ZeratoR, Boaster, Jbzz, rhyme, Chiwawa
draken draken, Patitek, ec1s, PetitSkel, ocelote

Group B

Team Roster
Taimou Taimou, soulcas, pyth, Happy, onscreen
Ex6TenZ Ex6TenZ, pipsoN, Kryptix, luckeRRR, Amandine
izak izak, Lothar, L1NK, TrilluXe, gob b
ANGE1 ANGE1, Hyp, ardiis, Yuri, Miss Rage



Cloud9 Blue win Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifier: results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 1:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:45

by Bill Cooney


The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers started on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition. However, only one could be the winner, and that was Cloud9 Blue.

First Strike is being called “the first major in VALORANT esports,” at least by Riot Games and their organizing partners Nerd Street Gamers.

There are certainly enough teams to keep track of as the bracket of the first Open Qualifiers get going. Let’s get right into it and give you a rundown of the week’s action if you missed it.

Cloud9 Blue win NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier over Envy

Envy were fast out of the gates in the Grand Final of the NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier against Cloud9 Blue.

They took a hold of Ascent, and looked like the more clean and coordinated team as they eked out the win on the final round of regulation.

However, it may have just been a flash in the pan. Cloud9 hit back hard on their pick of Split, and it was easy to see why they picked it. TenZ solo out-fragged the entirely of Envy in the first half, and ended up with 29 kills when all was said and done.

The 11-1 score line at halftime was too much for Envy to overcome, eventually falling 13-7.

Cloud9 rode that Split momentum into Bind in the final-map decider. While Envy won the pistol on attack, Cloud9 steadied the ship to go on a spree. They won the next seven rounds to cement their lead, and put Envy on the back foot in the second half yet again.

Cloud9’s aggressive B-site takes on attack overwhelmed Envy’s defence, as they continued to push forward on the gas. Envy only got one round on their defence as they were decimated 13-5 on the final map, with Cloud9 securing the title and the first seed heading into the Closed Qualifier.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams

If you missed the first First Strike NA qualifier, you can catch up on the official Valorant channel. They’ve uploaded a VOD of the stream from every day of the open qualifier.

We’ve embedded the final for you below, but you can find the rest here.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier format

The Valorant First Strike tournament is the first of its kind for Riot Games’ newest FPS. The tournament kicked off with 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers, which got cut down to 32 teams.

All of the top 16 teams will advance to the first official qualifier on November 4 – 8, so being included on the podium here is more about pride than anything else.

As long as teams finish in the upper half of the 32-team bracket, they’ll get another chance in the second round of opening qualifiers.

Valorant Riot Games PBE
Riot Games
With the NA qualifiers in full swing, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier schedule and results

The competition began on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open, with each day seeing further action at the same time until October 30. This whittled down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier on November 4.

The top four teams from the closed qualifier will advance straight to the First Strike main event. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.

Below is the schedule for each day of the event. Please be aware that these times are subject to change at the discretion of the organizer.

Tuesday, October 27

Round of 32 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Round of 16 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Wednesday, October 29

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Quarterfinals Sentinels 0 – 2 Gen.G Esports 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals Team Envy 2 – 1 T1 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Quarterfinals TSM 2 – 0 100 Thieves 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM
Quarterfinals Cloud9 Blue – 1 Slimy Boogermen 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Thursday, 29 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Semifinals Gen.G Esports 0 – 2 Team Envy 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Semifinals TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Friday, 30 October

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Grand Final Team Envy 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier: Final Placements

NA Open Qualifier 1 Top 16

Place Team
1st Cloud9 Blue
2nd Envy
3rd TSM
4th Gen.G Esports
5th – 8th Sentinels
100 Thieves
Slimy Boogermen
9th – 16th Spot Up
Equinox Esports
Built By Gamers

All of the teams above have now qualified for the first closed qualifier, the NSG Tournament, scheduled for November 4 to 8.