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TSM wins UMG X First Strike NA Valorant tournament: Final results

Published: 23/Nov/2020 1:40 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 9:32

by Lauren Bergin

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With the best of the best North American Valorant teams facing off for the title of First Strike: North America Champion, the UMG Tournament was one for the ages and we’ve got you covered with a complete recap of all the action.

As the dust settles on the UMG qualifiers, the most exciting leg of the North American First Strike tournament just took place: the UMG Tournament.

With teams such as TSM, T1, Cloud9 Blue, and Complexity Gaming just a few of the big hitters duking it out, the competition was intense from start to finish.

On the line were four coveted spots in the main First Strike event, where the four newcomers will represent North America alongside Team Envy, 100 Thieves, Renegades, and Sentinels.

TSM wins the UMG X Valorant First Strike Tournament

The four groups in the UMG tournament were all stacked to the brim with elite lineups. However, only two from each could advance through to bracket play where all but one quarterfinal matchup was lopsided.

Gen.G and FaZe were the only teams that saw a third map in the playoffs, as T1, TSM, and Immortals all cruised through their opponents 2-0.

Ultimately, it all came down to a final matchup between FaZe and TSM. While the TSM roster took an early lead, closing out Haven and Bind 13-9, FaZe fought back, winning Split 13-6. The series came to an end on Ascent shortly after. TSM dominated the Defending half, eventually sealing the deal with a 13-3 win.

UMG X Valorant First Strike Tournament: results

The four day event featured some huge matchups every step of the way. From the initial group stage showdowns to the final series between FaZe and TSM, NA’s best were giving it their all from start to finish.

You can find a breakdown of each day below:

  • Group stage: November 19 – November 20
  • Quarterfinals: November 21
  • Semifinals and Grand finals: November 22

Thursday, November 19 – Friday, November 20

Group A

Round Date Match PST EST GMT CET
Group Stage November 19 Cloud9 Blue 0 – 2 Spacestation  12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Equinox 0 – 2 Luminosity  12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Cloud9 Blue 2 – 0 Equinox 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
November 20 Spacestation 0 – 2 Luminosity  9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
November 20 Cloud9 Blue 2 – 1 Spacestation 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Group B

Round Date Match PST EST GMT CET
Group Stage November 19 TSM 2 – 1 NRG 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Andbox 0 – 2 FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 20 Andbox 0 – 2 NRG 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
November 20 FaZe 0 – 2 TSM 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
November 20 FaZe 2 – 0 NRG 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Group C

Round Date Match PST EST GMT CET
Group Stage November 19 Complexity 1 – 2 Serenity 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Moon Raccoons 0 – 2 Gen.G  12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Moon Raccoons 2 – 0 Complexity 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
November 20 Gen.G 2 – 0 Team Serenity 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
November 20 Moon Raccoons 2 – 0 Serenity 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Group D

Round Date Match PST EST GMT CET
Group Stage November 19 T1 2 – 1 Dignitas 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Immortals 2 – 0 Pittsburgh Knights 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
November 19 Pittsburgh Knights 0 – 2 Dignitas 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
November 20 Immortals 1 – 2 T1 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
November 20 Dignitas 1 – 2 Immortals 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Saturday, November 21

Round Match PST  EST  GMT CET
Quarterfinals T1 2 – 0 Cloud9 Blue 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Gen.G 1 – 2 FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
TSM 2-0 Moon Raccoons 3PM 6PM 11PM 12PM
Luminosity 0 – 2 Immortals 6PM 9PM 2AM 3AM

Sunday, November 22

Round Match PST EST GMT CET
Semifinals T1 0 – 2 FaZe 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Immortals 1-2 TSM 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM

 

Round Match PST EST GMT CET
Finals FaZe 1 – 3 TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

UMG X Valorant First Strike Tournament: final placements

Only the top four teams from this qualifying event earned their spot in the First Strike Main Event. The top four can be seen below:

  • T1
  • FaZe
  • TSM
  • Immortals
League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.