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Overwatch MVP Sinatraa announces Valorant roster with CSGO & Apex pros

Published: 29/Apr/2020 12:36 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 10:31

by Jacob Hale

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Merely days after announcing that he will be retiring from professional Overwatch, former San Francisco Shock player Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won has revealed the Valorant roster he will be competing alongside under Sentinels, with three CS:GO pros in the lineup.

Many are expecting Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre to be a huge success, and players are being recruited as Valorant pros despite the game still being in beta.

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That said, sinatraa might be the biggest name yet to make the switch, especially considering all of his success in Overwatch throughout 2019, as Overwatch World Cup and Overwatch League champion.

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Sinatraa will be leading the charge on Sentinels’ new Valorant team.

The Sentinels organization announced in a statement on April 29 that it’s “time to write the next chapter,” revealing four of the five players that will make up their Valorant roster for any competitive leagues and tournaments that arise in the future.

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Joining sinatraa in the roster are former Overwatch player and Sentinels Apex Legends pro Jared ‘Zombs’ Gitlin, as well as CS:GO players Shahzeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan and Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims.

There is a great wealth of talent in this line-up from a variety of games, and the mixture of Overwatch and CS:GO – which many suggest Valorant seems to be a blend of – could make for a very knowledgeable and well-rounded roster when the game launches in Summer 2020.

Sinatraa said of the team: “The move to Valorant is no doubt a huge step in my career, and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. When I saw the team that Sentinels has put together, with so much experience from different esports, I knew that this was the right place to go.”

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It’s stated that the team and organization are working together to find the best final man to fill the fifth spot on the roster, but with so many pros from a variety of esports playing Valorant, we might not have to wait much longer to find out who it is.

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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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