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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 First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
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:

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

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
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:

  • 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.