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Team SoloMid wins $50K T1 Valorant Showdown – final results, recap, more

Published: 29/Jun/2020 4:48 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:54

by Brad Norton

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The first North American Ignition Series event brought together Valorant’s biggest stars in a huge three-day tournament. Hosted by T1 and Nerd Street Gamers, $50,000 USD was up for grabs and we’ve got you covered with a full recap of how it unfolded.

Valorant’s Ignition Series are starting to kick off all over the world and the first major North American tournament just took place. Following on from the European G2 Esports event, the biggest names in NA finally got a chance to showcase their skills in the most competitive bracket thus far.

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16 teams battled it out in the online showdown as the likes of FaZe Clan, 100 Thieves, Sentinels, and plenty more all looked to make their mark. In case you missed any of the action, get caught up to speed with all of the results and a full recap below.

T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown recap – Groups

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All four maps were available for teams to pick throughout the tournament.

The enormous event gave every team multiple opportunities to shine. Not only did the first NA Ignition Series event feature a group stage, but teams that made it through were then dropped into a double-elimination playoff bracket. Even if rosters struggled to find their footing early, they had plenty of chances to turn things around. 

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Starting at the beginning of the event, teams were divided into four groups. Right out of the gate, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and his squad were dropped out of Group C after losing three straight maps. Also of note, Cloud9 fell in Group A after losing to relative newcomers ‘Together We Are Terrific’ and ‘Prospects.’

The other groups played out as expected with the big-name organizations making it through to the playoff bracket. Team SoloMid, Sentinels, and T1 were the only teams to cruise through groups without dropping a single map, however.

T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown recap – Playoffs

Moving into the playoffs, TSM continued their impressive run by winning three consecutive matches in the upper bracket. Taking out Together We Are Terrific, FaZe Clan, and T1 along the way, they found themselves in the Grand Finals on day three of the competition.

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Despite coming out hot and winning the first T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Invitational in May, Gen G’s roster couldn’t quite live up to the likes of TSM. The lineup lost 0-2 against T1 and was swiftly eliminated by the Sentinels in the lower bracket.

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Sage was among the most-picked Agents in the event, appearing in every single playoff game.

The brand new 100 Thieves squad, captained by CS veteran Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin, found themselves in one of only three overtime rounds in the playoffs. While they found the early picks, they were soon left devastated by a ridiculous turnaround from the Immortals squad.

Ultimately, it was TSM vs T1 in the Grand Finals and things came to a close rather quickly. With a lead already secured thanks to their upper bracket run, TSM kept on the gas and rolled through T1 without dropping a map.

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Sniper Matt ‘Wardell’ Yu was the star of the show, dropping a 30-bomb on the final map to secure the victory for TSM. While T1’s leader Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce put up a valiant effort, it wasn’t enough to topple TSM’s clean, coordinated play.

Valorant Showdown final placements

PLACE TEAM PRIZE MONEY (USD)
1st Team SoloMid $25,000
2nd T1 $15,000
3rd Immortals $5,000
4th FaZe Clan $5,000
Top 6 100 Thieves
Top 6 Sentinels
Top 8 Together We Are Terrific
Top 8 Gen. G Esports
Top 12 Cloud 9
Top 12 Spot Up
Top 12 Code 7
Top 12 Mixup
Top 16 Prospects
Top 16 Charlotte Phoenix
Top 16 Team Ninja
Top 16 Echo 8

When was the Valorant Showdown tournament?

North America’s first Ignition Series event kicked off on June 26 and ran through to June 28. The opening day of action started at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM BST/ 11 PM CEST and ran for just over seven hours as the group stages were played in-full.

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T1 hosted the main hub stream that kept on top of everything throughout the event. While players often streamed their own perspectives throughout earlier events, that wasn’t the case this time around. With the biggest prize pool yet, and bragging rights at stake in the first major tournament, individual streams were not switched on at all. This is due to the fear of opposing squads learning strategies and player tendencies.

Players and teams

Being the first major event to hit the North American scene, marquee players and organizations all took part. From FaZe Clan to 100 Thieves and even T1 themselves, here’s a list of every team that competed.

TEAM FULL ROSTER
FaZe Clan Corey, dephh, ZachaREEE, Marved, psalm
100 Thieves Hiko, Valiate, Venerated, YaBoiDre, Pride
Cloud 9 TenZ, Poach, shinobi, mitch, Relyks
Team SoloMid reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
Immortals Bjor, jcStani, KOLER, Genghsta, Asuna
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
T1 brax, Skadoodle, crashies, food, AZK
Gen.G Esports effys, gMd, huynh, MKaeL, PLAYER1
Team Ninja Ninja, Sonii, Morgausse, Grego, LeX
Code7 Tork, Nicolas, rob-wiz, payen, pho
Mixup stellar, aproto, Fiziq, Hoppin, thi9f
Echo 8 AYRIN,Brando, Reformed, Req, supamen
Prospects JoshRT, vice, diceyzx, Skelly, BabyJ
Charlotte Phoenix anger, Ksiaze, ChurmZz, Sh0ts, Spirit
Spot Up tem, Bunny, Tucker, figment, Khai
Together We Are Terrific mummAy, aKis, FNS, c4Lypso, kaboose

Format and rules

Teams first battled it out through the group stages. The top two teams in each pool advanced through to the playoffs over the following days.

Playoffs featured a double-elimination bracket but the upper and lower brackets came with one key difference. Matches in the upper bracket were all Bo3, whereas lower bracket games were Bo1. Ultimately, the tournament came to an end with a Bo5 Grand Finals. This final round of competition gave the upper bracket qualifier a single map advantage.

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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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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:

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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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