Team Liquid have finalized their Valorant roster, headlined by former CS:GO pro Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benriltom, and the rest of the ‘fish123’ squad.
Though the fish123 roster previously played alongside Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks, another former CS:GO player, ScreaM took his spot on the lineup when the Latvian joined Mixwell and Co on G2 Esports.
Since the Belgian headshot machine himself joined fish123, they’ve had some stellar results, finishing 2nd at the WePlay! Invitational (where they lost to G2 in the final). Although they fell short at the most recent event, the Mandatory.GG Cup, bowing out in only the top 16.
Again, it was G2 who went on to win this tournament, but Liquid are now hoping that this lineup has what it takes to knock Mixwell’s team off their perch.
After his time on Envy, ScreaM struggled to stay on a top CSGO team for long.
The rest of the fish123 lineup remains unchanged from its all-British cast, led by captain Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles.
On their choice to field a European Valorant squad, Team Liquid co-owner Victor Goosens told Dexerto: “The first reason is actually because, between Valorant and League of Legends, we’re already in the LCS, and we felt that between the two Riot games, we like the spread. We like one being in North America and one being in Europe.”
Goosens also explained that they feel that the talent pool is “a little bit deeper in Europe,” similar to Counter-Strike. “ScreaM, obviously one of the best players in the world in Valorant, legend from Counter-Strike, we like him as a corner-stone for our roster.”
ScreaM’s legacy in Counter-Strike needs little explanation: he was the king of the one tap. Over his CS:GO career, he has a 68.1 headshot percentage. Known for his time on teams such as Epsilon, Titan, VeryGames, G2 and Envy, this is his first time on Team Liquid.
However, he has been criticized as somewhat of a one-trick pony, as his inhuman aiming ability wasn’t enough on it’s own. In Valorant, he has already proven himself a top player, and an asset to any roster.
This roster hasn’t won anything since ardiis left, however, and there is a conspicuous gap left in the AWP role. ScreaM has also been dabbling in CS:GO again, but presumably only just for variety’s sake on his streams.
The first event for this Liquid roster is the Allied Esports Odyssey, part of the Valorant Ignition Series, on August 11. Here, they will once again face off against G2, as well as NiP and Giants Gaming.
The Chipotle Challenger Series is back, this time returning to Fortnite Battle Royale, as players and a star-studded list of influencers go head-to-head on October 1.
Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale.
Now, the competition returns, moving from Warzone back to Fortnite, the original stomping grounds of the Chipotle Challenger Series.
How to watch the Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series
With qualifiers out of the way and the teams locked-in, only the Chipotle Challenger Series finale remains for viewers to watch. The finale takes place on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm BST on Chipotle’s Twitch channel.
We’ve embedded the stream here so you can keep up with all the action from your favorite Fortnite content creators, sports stars and celebrities, and find out who wins the tournament and makes the lion share of the $50,000 prize pool.
As well as the qualified teams, there is another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there will be four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams will score one point for each elimination they earn.
There will be four total qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:
Will allow up to 1000 trio teams
Will have private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Will have a Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window
Qualifying teams will have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it will be played in a private lobby, which will include:
The top four teams from each qualifying round
17 teams of invited talent
A 5-game series
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money will be presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners will also secure themselves free burritos for a year!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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