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Team Envy wins NSG x Valorant First Strike NA tournament: final results

Published: 9/Nov/2020 1:00 Updated: 9/Nov/2020 1:03

by Andrew Amos


The first four First Strike Regional Finals slots were up for grabs in the Nerd Street Gamers (NSG) tournament. After 128 teams were whittled down to 16 in the Open Qualifier, there was more on the line than ever before.

First Strike has already proven to be an exciting tournament series across the world. With Riot stepping in, the big names stepped up as new regional champions were ready to be crowned.

In North America, we’ve had the first taste of that with the NSG Open Qualifiers. It led to a surprise victory for Cloud9 Blue over Envy, with other favorites like TSM, Sentinels, and T1 being knocked out early.

However, all of those teams were back at it again for the big one: the NSG tournament. After 128 teams were culled to just 16, only four could progress to the First Strike Regional Finals, while the rest were forced to try again later.

NSG x Valorant First Strike NA tournament stream

The NSG x Valorant First Strike tournament was streamed on the Nerd Street Gamers Twitch channel, as well as the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels. The action kicked off on November 4 and ran through until November 8.

We’ve embedded the Twitch streams below for your convenience.

NSG x Valorant First Strike NA tournament Groups

The top 16 teams from last week’s Open Qualifier battled it out again for the four spots in the First Strike Regional Finals.

Among them were former champions Cloud9 Blue and finalists Envy, who secured the top two seeds heading into this event. Ignition Series champions Sentinels and TSM also made it into the top 16.

However, there were some notable exceptions from the line-up. Andbox, NRG, Immortals, and FaZe Clan all failed to make the top 16, which paved the way for new teams to shake up the competition.

All 16 teams have been split into four groups for the next phase of the event.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Cloud9 Blue Gen.G Team Envy TSM
100 Thieves T1 Sentinels The Slimy Boogermen
Luminosity Gaming Complexity Dignitas Renegades
XSET Equinox Esports Spot Up Built By Gamers

NSG x Valorant First Strike NA tournament final placements

Five action-packed days of Valorant competition gave us some of the most intense matchups thus far. From 100 Thieves taking down TSM and Sentinels back to back, to the early defeat of former winners Cloud9 Blue at the hands of Renegades. There were plenty of upsets and a ton of nail-biting maps.

Ultimately, the final day of action pinned the newly overhauled 100 Thieves lineup against a more seasoned Team Envy. While expectations were high for the closing round of the event, it all came to an end in the blink of an eye. Envy closed out their map pick 13-2 thanks to a dominant Defense. Next up cam Split which proved to be the closest map of the series.

It went the way of Envy as well, though, with a 13-9 scoreline. With their backs against the wall heading to Ascent, 100 Thieves couldn’t quite turn things around. Envy swept the Grand Finals and took out the top spot in dominant fashion.

Placement  Team
1st Team Envy
2nd 100 Thieves
Top 4 Renegades
Top 4 Sentinels
Top 8 Cloud9 Blue
Top 8 Complexity Gaming
Top 8 T1
Top 8 TSM
Top 12  Luminosity Gaming
Top 12  Gen.G Esports
Top 12  Dignitas
Top 12  The Slimy Boogermen
Top 16  XSET
Top 16  Equinox Esports
Top 16  Spot Up
Top 16  Built By Gamers

NSG x Valorant First Strike NA tournament schedule

The series began on 4th November, with the top 8 teams from the groups advancing to the quarterfinals on the 7th November. Following on with the semifinals later that day and the Grand Final on the 8th.

You can catch up on the results from every single matchup below.

Group Stages: Wednesday November 4 – Friday November 6

Group A

4 Nov Cloud9 Blue 2 – 0 XSET 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
4 Nov 100 Thieves 2 – 0 Luminosity 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
4 Nov Luminosity 2 – 1 XSET 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM
6 Nov Cloud9 Blue 2 – 1 100 Thieves 10AM 1PM 6PM 7PM
6 Nov 100 Thieves 2 – 1 Luminosity 1PM 4PM 9PM 10PM

Group B

4 Nov Gen.G 2 – 1 NOX 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
4 Nov T1 0 – 2 Complexity 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
4 Nov T1 2 – 0 NOX 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM
6 Nov Complexity 2 – 0 Gen.G 10AM 1PM 6PM 7PM
6 Nov T1 2 – 0 Gen.G 1PM 4PM 9PM 10PM

Group C

5 Nov Envy 2 – 0 Spot Up 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
5 Nov Sentinels 2 – 0 Dignitas 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
5 Nov Spot Up 1 – 2 Dignitas 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM
6 Nov Envy 0 – 2 Sentinels 4PM 7PM 12AM 1AM
6 Nov Dignitas 1 – 2 Envy 7PM 10PM 3AM 4AM

Group D

5 Nov TSM 2 – 0 BBG 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
5 Nov The Slimy Boogermen 0 – 2 Renegades 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
5 Nov BBG 1 – 2 The Slimy Boogermen 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM
6 Nov TSM 2 – 1 Renegades 4PM 7PM 12AM 1AM
6 Nov Renegades 2 – 0 The Slimy Boogermen 7PM 10PM 3AM 4AM

Quarterfinals: Saturday, November 7

Cloud9 Blue 0-2 Renegades 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Complexity 0-2 Envy 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
T1 1-2 Sentinels 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM
100 Thieves 2-0 TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Semifinals: Saturday, November 7

Renegades 1 – 2 Envy 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM
Sentinels 1 – 2 100 Thieves 7PM 9PM 2AM 3AM

Finals: Sunday, November 8

Envy 3 – 0 100 Thieves 2PM 5PM 10PM 11PM

How Stanislaw became NA CSGO’s greatest leader

Published: 28/Nov/2020 20:36 Updated: 28/Nov/2020 22:06

by Alan Bernal


Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz has been one of CSGO’s most impressive in-game leaders for years, leading teams to extremely impressive highs and, at times, disappointing lows. His persistence through myriad successes and failures has earned him the title of the region’s best IGL.

An all-around in-game leader is hard to come by. While Europe has its fair share of talent like Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen or Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander, NA has historically been lacking in that department.

A 20-year-old Stanislaw burst on the scene in 2014 with fantastic aim and cheeky tactics. Through tumultuous roster relocations, he eventually landed on Conquest where consistent results were stacking up.

It wasn’t until the Greenwall had picked him up alongside Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba, Damian ‘daps’ Steele, Shahzeeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan, and Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic, where CSGO crowds started to learn his name.

Through all the odds, this team would eventually qualify for the ESL Cologne Major. But after fizzling out in the group stage, there were a few roster changes in the OpTic lineup that saw stanislaw ousted from the team, just to eventually return a while later.

But this is the part in stan’s journey where he notably led the way to victories with his rifle as well as his tactical prowess on teams like Evil Geniuses. With the tactical side of CSGO taken care of, he resorted to focusing on himself to avoid being a detriment to the team.

Usually, IGLs aren’t expected to collect a lot of frags, but the NA leader defied convention throughout his career to be a potent threat on all parts of the map.