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Sentinels win Pop Flash Valorant tournament: Full results & recap

Published: 31/Aug/2020 1:45 Updated: 31/Aug/2020 10:07

by Andrew Amos

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Flashpoint made its entrance into Valorant with the final North American Ignition Series event, named Pop Flash. Eight of NA’s best teams battled over four days for $50,000, and regional bragging rights.

The Valorant Ignition Series has just come to a close across the world. As the first chapter of Valorant’s history reached its end, teams had one last chance to make their mark on the early esports scene.

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In North America, that final shot came at the Pop Flash Invitational. The competition featured eight of NA’s best performers over the first few months of action. We’ve got you covered with a complete overview of all the action along with the final results.

All your favorites like TSM, T1, and Sentinels made their appearance to battle it out for $50,000 in prize money and regional bragging rights. Here’s everything you need to catch up on all of the action.

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Pop Flash: Stream

The Pop Flash Valorant Ignition Series event was streamed on the Flashpoint Twitch channel. For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below. VODs will be available on the Flashpoint YouTube channel if you missed out on any of the action.

Who played in the Pop Flash event?

Pop Flash was an invitational featuring eight of North America’s best Valorant squads. Previous Ignition Series champions TSM and Sentinels headlined the entries, but every team was in with a chance.

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The finalized Cloud9 roster made their debut as the ‘official’ lineup after months of playing with stand-ins. T1, Gen.G, Envy, Immortals, and the new Dignitas roster (formerly Homeless) rounded out the eight-team competition.

Pop Flash: Schedule and results

Each group stage played out separately, before the top two from each group made it to the double-elimination playoffs.

Wednesday, August 26

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Round Match PT ET BST CEST
Group A TSM 0 – 2 Dignitas 9:00 AM 11:00 AM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
GenG 1 – 2 Cloud9 12:30 PM 3:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM
Group B Sentinels 2 – 0 Envy 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM 12:30 AM
Immortals 2 – 0 T1 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 3:00 AM 4:00 AM

Thursday, August 27

Round Match PT ET BST CEST
Group A — Elimination Match TSM 2 – 0 GenG 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Group B — Elimination Match T1 1 – 2 Envy 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM 12:30 AM
Group A — Winners’ Match Cloud9 2 – 0 Dignitas 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Group B — Winners’ Match Sentinels 2 – 0 Immortals 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM 12:30 AM

Friday, August 28

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Round Match PT ET BST CEST
Group A — Decider Match TSM 1 – 2 Dignitas 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 29

Round Match PT ET BST CEST
Group B — Decider Match Envy 2 – 0 Immortals 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Upper Bracket R1 Sentinels 2 – 0 Dignitas 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Cloud9 2 – 1 Envy 12:30 PM 3:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM
Lower Bracket Semifinal Envy 2 – 1 Dignitas 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM 12:30 AM
Upper Bracket Final Sentinels 2-1 Cloud9 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 3:00 AM 4:00 AM

Sunday, August 30

Round Match PT ET BST CEST
Lower Bracket Final Cloud9 0-2 Envy 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM
Grand Final Sentinels 3-0 Envy 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM 12:30 AM (Aug 31)

Pop Flash: Final placements

After five days of action, here’s how each team finished.

Placing Team Prize money (USD)
1st Sentinels $25,000
2nd Envy $12,500
3rd Cloud9 $7,500
4th Dignitas $5,000
5th – 6th Immortals
TSM
7th – 8th Gen.G Esports
T1
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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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Valorant First Strike art
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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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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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