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NiP announce full Valorant roster featuring ex-Overwatch pro

Published: 14/Jul/2020 17:03

by Calum Patterson


Swedish esports organization, Ninjas in Pyjamas, have announced their full Valorant roster, featuring a swathe of talented former CS:GO players, and former Paris Eternal Overwatch player, HyP.

NiP were one of the very first organizations to enter Valorant esports, but later let go of some of their initial players. They recruited skilled CS:GO players Emir ‘RHYME’ Muminovic and Niels ‘luckeRRR’ Jasiek on June 25, while Erik ‘Bird’ Sjösten moved to a coaching role.


On July 14, NiP confirmed the remainder of their lineup, headlined by former Overwatch League player Damien ‘HyP’ Souville.

Back of HyP overwatch jersey
Blizzard Entertainment
HyP left Paris Eternal and the Overwatch League in April, citing his “well-being” as a reason.

French player, Enzo ‘Fearoth’ Mestari, who previously also played Counter-Strike competitively, has been announced as the team’s captain.


Rounding out the roster is Charles ‘CREA’ Beauvois, another French former CS player, who failed to break into the top level but is now also trying his hand at Valorant.

NiP Valorant roster

  • Enzo ‘Fearoth‘ Mestari (Captain)
  • Emir ‘RHYME‘ Muminovic
  • Niels ‘luckeRRR‘ Jasiek
  • Charles ‘CREA‘ Beauvois
  • Damien ‘HyP‘ Souville

“It’s early days in the Valorant competitive scene and just as players are still figuring out optimal playstyles, so too are organizations iterating rapidly on team compositions,” NiP said.

“In RHYME and luckeRRR we’ve found an exceptional mix of talent and drive to start our new team, and with the addition of an amazing trio in CREA, HyP and Fearoth, we have assembled one of the most promising lineups in the world.”


HyP, RHYME and luckeRRR recently played together in the Vitality European Open, where they finished 2nd, losing to Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Canellas’s G2 squad in the final.

Jonas Gundersen, COO at Ninjas in Pyjamas, said, “adding the spice of the highest level of Overwatch competition through HyP makes for a really strong foundation. This squad has an extremely high skill ceiling, has already proven itself competitively, and fits very well into our vision for team chemistry and esports performance. I couldn’t be happier.”

Valorant as an esport is still in its infancy, but with NiP joining the likes of G2, T1, Team Liquid, 100 Thieves, Envy, Cloud9, FaZe Clan and more, the established esports giants clearly see a bright future for Riot’s FPS.


Keep up to date with all the moves in Valorant esports with our teams and roster hub.


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.