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100 Thieves sign former CSGO pro Nitr0 to bolster Valorant roster

Published: 14/Aug/2020 20:45 Updated: 17/Aug/2020 8:41

by Andrew Amos

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Nick ‘nitr0′ Cannella has found his home in Valorant two weeks after leaving the CS:GO scene, as the the talented IGL will be joining the 100 Thieves’ Valorant team to bolster up the squad.

Nitr0 was the rock of Team Liquid’s CS:GO roster. The jack-of-all-trades had a five-year stint with the organization, filling every role whenever the team needed him to.

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He decided to leave the CS:GO server for one last time in late July, dropping himself from Liquid’s main roster, with young gun Michael ‘grim’ Wince has since come up to replace him.

Now, it’s been officially announced that nitr0 will be taking his talents to 100 Thieves, this time in Valorant, Riot Game’s hit new multiplayer FPS.

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With his future up in the air after leaving Liquid, nitr0 turned to Valorant, which has emerged as a direct competitor to CS:GO, and caught the eye of the Counter-Strike veteran. Numerous teams were reportedly interested in picking him up, but he seems to have found his match with 100 Thieves.

100T were the definite front-runners to pick up Liquid’s former IGL before the news broke. The two parties were in “deep discussion” over his signing, with nitr0 rumored to be in line for an estimated salary of $250,000 to $300,000.

It couldn’t come at a better time for 100 Thieves, either. The team has struggled with their PUBG-based core plus Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin, falling to 13-16th in the most recent Ignition Series event, the FaZe Clan Invitational.

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100 Thieves owner Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag also mentioned earlier in the week before the signing was announced that the organization was looking to transform their competitive lineups across all games, including Valorant.

There would arguably be no better duo to kick-start that process than nitr0 and Hiko. The two go way back ⁠— from an age gone by in CS:GO, playing together on Team Liquid from late 2015 to early 2017, until Hiko eventually departed for Rogue.

Now that the arrival of nitr0 is a done deal, it will be very interesting to watch and see if it’s enough to change 100 Thieves fortunes in the Ignition series and make them into the Valorant powerhouse fans are hoping for.

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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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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
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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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