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Team Envy reveal Valorant roster with FNS and ‘together we are terrific’

Published: 13/Jul/2020 22:14 Updated: 13/Jul/2020 23:01

by Alan Bernal

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Team Envy revealed their new roster for Valorant composed of former CS:GO player Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta and the rest of the ‘together we are terrific’ lineup.

The storied North American org will be competitive right out the gate for Riot Games’ emerging esport. From the 100 Thieves’ Gamers For Equality show match event to the Pulse Invitational, this has been a team many people have had their eyes on.

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FNS will be joined by teammates Adam ‘aKis’ Kisseberth, Abdo ‘c4Lypso’ Agha, Anthony ‘mummAy’ DiPaolo, and Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald, who will now be representing one of the biggest professional orgs in FPS titles.

The team has already been making waves in the young competitive landscape, especially throughout the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Showdown event. This was even after Michael ‘dapr’ Gulino departed ‘together we are terrific’ to join the Sentinels.

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Envy will bring their championship FPS culture to Riot’s new esport, Valorant.

While still under their amateur team banner, they held their own in an event that included FaZe Clan, Immortals, Sentinels, Gen.G Esports, 100 Thieves, Cloud9 and Team SoloMid.

With the resources and staff that have produced champions across Envy’s portfolio, this is a team that can develop into recurring challengers for top tier events.

“Proud to be a part of Team Envy. Can’t wait for our team to be the best in the world,” mummAy said in response to the announcement.

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Throughout their stint as ‘together we are terrific,’ the team’s core won over 66% of their games across some show matches, events and qualifiers. This means that Envy will have a strong foundation to create a championship-caliber team, although it remains to be seen who will be the coach for the lineup.

FNS was an electric player in CS:GO who played for teams like eUnited, compLexity Gaming, CLG, and more. All of Team Envy’s new players were professional CS players in the past, and have already shown their prowess on Valorant.

Envy aren’t scheduled for any events in the near-future, but they could make an appearance in the next North American event which will be the PAX Arena VALORANT Invitational from July 22-26.

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Team Envy Valorant roster

  • Adam ‘aKis’ Kisseberth
  • Abdo ‘c4Lypso’ Agha
  • Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta
  • Anthony ‘mummAy’ DiPaolo
  • Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald
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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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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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