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Sentinels win Valorant PAX Arena Invitational: results, placements, more

Published: 27/Jul/2020 2:30 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:51

by Daniel Cleary


The Valorant PAX Arena Invitational featured many of the top North American teams battling it out for $25,000 in the latest Ignition Series event. Sentinels were crowned the new kings of NA, taking down Cloud9 in the final.

Valorant’s Ignition Series tournaments have provided viewers with plenty of entertaining and competitive action since they was first announced by Riot on June 16.

These events often include the top teams from their region and now, after even more rosters have been finalized, the action returned to North America with the Valorant PAX Arena Invitational.

With 16 of the region’s top teams, alongside four streamer squads, the competition was going to be fierce. Not only was there $25,000 on the line, but also regional pride, and the chance to be crowned NA’s top team in Valorant.

Valorant PAX Arena Invitational finals recap

While many expected T1 and TSM to face off against each other in the grand final, both teams met their demise early in the tournament. T1 were upset by the orgless Homeless in a 2-0 quarterfinals thrashing, while Sentinels asserted their dominance in the semis over TSM to book a spot in the Grand Final.

Cloud9 made it through over Homeless in the other semifinal to book their first Grand Finals appearance in an Ignition Series event. It was Mitch ‘mitch’ Semago’s first official outing on the roster, having played as a stand-in for all events before this.

Sentinels took the final by the horns early though, taking down Cloud9 on Ascent 13-11 thanks to a strong attack half. However, on their signature Haven, C9 managed to tie up the series heading into Bind thanks to an ace by star player TenZ.

With the series tied up at one-a-piece, and Haven on the cards for map five, the Sentinels had some work to do on Bind to ensure that Cloud9 couldn’t pinch another one away and hope for a map five.

All members of Sentinels were showing up with clutches, with Shahzam, Sick, and Sinatraa the standout performers. They managed to win the map 13-11, and it came down to Split.

While TenZ tried to surprise Sentinels with his Viper, Cloud9 looked lost on attack, losing their first eight rounds in a row. While they blasted back with their own string of wins on defense, the Sentinels managed to claw in and stunt Cloud9’s winning streak early.

The game ended rather anti-climatically, with a Sick 1v3 clutch to snatch away not only the round, but the map, the series, and the tournament from the hands of Cloud9. Sentinels have now asserted themselves as a potential new heir to the throne of NA Valorant, and will be a tough challenge for teams like T1 and TSM in future events.

Who played in the tournament?

Twenty teams in total competed in the Valorant PAX Arena Invitational, which consists of 16 pro teams as well as four influencer squads, featuring stars like Ninja.

Many of the top pro teams like T1, Gen.G, TSM, and more showed up for the event, and it was also the first competitive outing for some rosters, such as the newly announced Complexity line-up.

Valorant PAX Arena Invitational: Group Stage results

Group A

Position Team Record RD
1 Team SoloMid 4-0 +40
2 Homeless 3-1 +20
3 Built By Gamers 2-2 -22
4 100 Thieves 1-3 +4
5 100 Blifted 0-4 -42

Group B

Position Team Record RD
1 T1 4-0 +62
2 Team Envy 3-1 +39
3 Way 2 French 2-2 -7
4 Echo 8 1-3 -22
4 Team Kephrii 0-4 -72

Group C

Position Team Record RD
1 Immortals 4-0 +48
2 Gen.G Esports 3-1 +18
3 Mixup 2-2 +12
4 Prospects 1-3 +1
5 Team Mang0 0-4 -79

Group D

Position Team Record RD
1 Sentinels 4-0 +47
2 Cloud9 3-1 +31
3 Complexity 2-2 -16
4 Renegades 1-3 +1
4 Team Owl 0-4 -46

Valorant PAX Arena Invitational: Playoff results


July 24 TSM 2-0 Envy 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM
Sentinels 2-1 Gen.G 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM
T1 0-2 Homeless 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 1:00 AM
Immortals 0-2Cloud9 6:00 PM 9:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 AM


July 25 TSM 0-2 Sentinels 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM
Homeless 0-2 Cloud9 5:00 PM 8:00 PM 1:00 AM 2:00 AM

Grand Finals

July 26 Sentinels 3-1 Cloud9 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM

Valorant PAX Arena Invitational final placements

Place Team Prize Money
1 Sentinels $10,000
2 Cloud9 $5,000
3-4 Team SoloMid $3,000
3-4 Homeless $3,000
5-8 Gen.G $1,000
5-8 Team Envy $1,000
5-8 T1 $1,000
5-8 Immortals $1,000
9-12 Mixup $0
9-12 Way 2 French $0
9-12 Complexity $0
9-12 Built By Gamers $0
13-16 100 Thieves $0
13-16 Renegades $0
13-16 Prospects $0
13-16 Echo 8 $0
17-20 100 Blifted $0
17-20 Team Owl $0
17-20 Team Kephrii $0
17-20 Team Mang0 $0

Valorant Red Bull Home Ground dates announced

Published: 20/Jan/2021 20:29 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 21:14

by Alan Bernal


The Red Bull Home Ground invitational is going to introduce a new format to typical Valorant events, as the tournament will bring some of Europe’s best teams together for the first time in 2021.

There’s going to be £24,000 (about $29,000) up for grabs throughout the event, and will be a chance for audiences to see how teams have been getting along with Riot’s Valorant Champions Tour circuit just around the corner.

But the Red Bull tournament organizers have something fresh to bring to the way Valorant tournaments are structured. The event’s namesake will bring a new way of looking at ‘home field advantage’ in the esport.

We break down exactly how each stage for Home Ground by Red Bull will go own, including how you can keep up with the action as it unfolds.

Red Bull Home Ground dates and schedule

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The Red Bull Home Ground is bringing a twist to regular Valorant events.

Though early 2021 has been sort of quiet for competitive Valorant, that’s all going to change come the end of the month.

The event will span the last few weekends starting with the eighth team open qualifier on January 23rd – 24th, with the main event kicking off January 28th – 31st.

Expect a ton of action on both weekends, as it all builds to Championship Sunday on January 31st to see who takes the lion’s share of the prize money.

Red Bull Home Ground teams

The Red Bull Home Ground is going to invite six EU heavy hitters “with a mystery special guest to be announced” making up the seventh team.

An open qualifier (see Format) will determine the eight and final team to participate in the Home Ground invitational.

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Red Bull Home Ground format

In the opening weekend, a field of 64 teams through open registration will fight it out in Best of 1’s on Saturday 23d. The field will be cut into eight teams, four from the invite list and four trying to qualify.

The Semis and Grand Final of the open qualifier will include the Home Ground Best of 5 to determine the team.

Then we move onto the second weekend, and this is where the Home Ground invitational gets interesting. The main event, January 28th – 31st, will feature a Best of Five format for all fixtures. However, teams will have to earn the right to extend a series by winning their respective ‘Home Ground.’

Each team will pick their strongest map pick as their ‘home ground.’ In the Bo5, these two home ground maps will be played first.

If a team wins their home ground AND the opponent’s home ground, the series is over, 2-0. To prevent this, if a team wins a home ground and the opponent responds with a win on a homeground, then the series is tied at 1-1 and we continue like normal in the Bo5.

This will apply to every match fixture in the bracket on the final weekend.

Dexerto will be updating this page as more information is released, and as the action unfolds during the Red Bull Home Ground invitational.