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T1 secure first Valorant pro after signing ex-CSGO player Brax

Published: 10/Mar/2020 3:14 Updated: 10/Mar/2020 11:27

by Andrew Amos


Valorant isn’t even out yet, but that hasn’t stopped T1 from securing the first pro player for Riot’s FPS title, signing former CS:GO player Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce (formerly Swag) as a “creator and professional.”

Valorant might have only been announced last week, but teams are already cashing in on the craze. Riot’s upcoming FPS title looks to shake up the entire genre, and players are flocking from all over to get involved.


Capitalising on the massive popularity, South Korean organization T1 has secured one of the hottest free agents on the market right now ⁠— former CS:GO pro Brax.

The organization announced the signing of the North American FPS prodigy on March 9, with the intention of having the former CS:GO star play on their professional Valorant team as well as stream under their brand.


“T1 is excited to welcome Brax to the team as a creator and professional for Valorant, CS:GO and [other] FPS titles,” the organization said.

“I’m excited to announce I will be joining T1 as their first Tactical FPS player ever,” Brax added. “I’m eager to carry my knowledge and understanding of CS over to Valorant as we both look to build the best team in the world.”

While Brax will continue to play CS:GO casually, he will no longer play competitively after retiring on February 28. He has his sights set on “being the best in the world” in Valorant, and has been hyping up Riot’s FPS for months.


Brax was the prodigal son of North America’s Counter-Strike, coming onto the scene back in 2012 and making a quick rise up the ranks. However, after being caught up in the iBUYPOWER match fixing scandal in 2015, he was banned from all Valve-sponsored CS:GO events.

While he still competed all the way up until the end of last month, Brax was never able to show his stuff on the world stage ⁠— and he’s looking to do just that in Valorant.

T1 aren’t the only organization looking to cash in on the Valorant hype. Team SoloMid has already made their intentions clear about getting a team in the upcoming game, while others like G2 Esports have shown interest on Twitter.


Players won’t be able to see T1 and Brax in action in Valorant until its release in Summer 2020. While there are betas coming up soon, the game’s full release will likely mark the start of its competitive scene as teams scramble to get the best talent from the get-go.


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.