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Valorant Mandatory.GG Cup: Results & final placements

Published: 2/Aug/2020 12:02 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 10:55

by Andy Williams

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The Valorant Ignition Series returns to Europe with the Mandatory.GG Cup, which featured some of the best teams from that side of the pond. Here’s everything you need to know about the event and the final placements.

Valorant’s Ignition Series has bolstered the first-person shooter’s competitive ecosystem. By globally supporting their game at a regional level, Riot has pledged their involvement as Valorant finds its place in the realm of esports.

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Mandatory.GG Valorant Cup: Stream

As with previous Ignition Series events, the Mandatory.GG Cup was streamed on the official Valorant Twitch channel between July 31 – August 2, with the first round of the bracket kicking off at 11:00 AM (PT) / 2:00 PM (ET) / 7:00 PM (BST) / 8:00 PM (CEST). 

The tournament organizers will also have their own dedicated stream (embedded below). Most of the big names competing at the event were also streaming their POV on their own respective channels.

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All 32 teams competing in the Mandatory.GG Cup were gunning to take home the lion’s share of €15,000 — and it was G2 Esports who made it three Ignition Series events in a row to continue their undefeated record.

Mandatory.GG Valorant Cup: Format

Six teams joined the 26 invited teams in the final 32. After a tough 128-team Open Bracket, the six qualifying teams had the opportunity to cause an upset and make a heroic run through the single-elimination Playoffs bracket.

Both the first and second round of the Playoffs were a best-of-one, meaning that there was plenty of room for amateur teams to make a name for themselves.

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Both the Quarterfinals and Semifinals were best-of-three, while the Grand Finals between G2 and Bonk were decided in a best-of-five.

Mandatory.GG Valorant Cup: Schedule & results

Below is the schedule for each day of the event. Please note, these times are provisional and are subject to change at the organizer’s discretion.

Friday, July 31

Round (BO1) PST EST BST CEST
Round of 32 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Round of 16 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 1

Round (BO3) Match PST EST BST CEST
Quarterfinals G2 Esports 2-0 Dreamchasers 6:00 AM 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
To Be Decided 0-2 BBL Esports 6:00 AM 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Ninja in Pyjamas 2-1 THOSE GUYS 6:00 AM 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Bonk 2-0 9x 6:00 AM 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Semifinals G2 Esports 2-0 BBL Esports 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Ninja in Pyjamas 1-2 Bonk 12:00 PM 15:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Sunday, August 2

Round (BO5) Match PST EST BST CEST
Grand Final G2 Esports 3 vs 0 Bonk 6:00 AM 9:00 AM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Mandatory.GG Valorant Cup: Final placements

After three days of action, here’s how the top 32 teams finished!

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Final Placement Team Name Prize money (EUR)
1st G2 Esports €10,000
2nd Bonk €3,000
 3rd – 4th BBL Esports €1,000
Ninjas in Pyjamas
 5th – 8th Dreamchasers  –
TBD  –
THOSE GUYS  –
9x  –
 9th – 16th Giants Gaming  –
nolpenki  –
fish123 (Team Liquid)  –
Rix.GG  –
forZe
Zarplata
Inferno
DPE
17th – 32nd G.Gang
Any1Gamers
Sakado
Abnormals
esoteric
FABRIKEN
Omnislash
Team Jbzz
Lunaris
StartedFromCS
Begrip Gaming
FishkaVTom
RainbowMind
keepYOURskill
ISOL-BULIL
Wygers
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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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Valorant First Strike art
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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
Riot Games
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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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

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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