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Valorant announce $200,000 global Twitch Rivals launch tournament

Published: 28/May/2020 16:24 Updated: 28/May/2020 17:50

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games has announced that they will be hosting a global event to celebrate Valorant’s launch, featuring top content creators from each region battling it out for a $200,000 prize pool.

Valorant’s closed beta is finally coming to a close, after pulling in record numbers on Twitch during its initial release; with hundreds of thousands of players hoping to gain access to the new title.

Although fans of the character-based tactical shooter will now have to wait a short while ahead of its official release on June 2, Riot has revealed some of their big plans to celebrate the official launch weekend.

Riot Games
Riot will be hosting a showcase event to celebrate Valorant’s launch.

Riot Games announced that they would be partnering up with Twitch Rivals yet again, to host a global event to showcase their new release on its “grand opening weekend”, with many of the top streamers and creators from each region set to be involved.

They also shared that these “first set of competitive events” would offer up a massive $200,000 prize pool, as well as the glory of holding the first official tournament win in Valorant, for all of the stars competing in the tournament.

“Up for grabs is a $200,000 prize pool and the right to count themselves among the first global VALORANT champs,” they said.

The upcoming Valorant event, which has been titled the ‘Valorant Launch Showdown’ is set to kick off Twitch’s Summer Game Fest with a bang, as creators from all around the world will be taking part.

“These events will span the globe, with participation from some of your favorite creators in North America, Brazil, LATAM, Europe, Korea, and Japan,” they explained, listing all of the major regions.

While it is still unclear how the tournaments will be formatted and which stars will be competing in the events, it is likely that Riot will share more information once the launch nears.

With the event set to take place on the opening weekend, the tournaments are expected to take place between June 5-7, giving Valorant fans something else to look forward to along with the game’s launch.


Valorant First Strike EU Finals – G2 & Liquid fall, SUMN vs Heretics Final

Published: 5/Dec/2020 22:24 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 22:46

by Andrew Amos


Valorant First Strike Global Finals are underway with eight European teams competing to win the esport’s biggest tournament yet. We’ll keep you updated with all the action as it happens right here.

  • SUMN will face Heretics in Sunday’s Grand Final.
  • FPX unable to hold out against SUMN, falling 2-1.
  • Heretics top G2 2-1 in a showstopper match.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Stream

The $100,000 First Strike Europe Regional Finals are being broadcast live on the official Valorant EU Esports channel, as well as on the Valorant Twitch channel.

All the fixture details you need are below, so you won’t miss a match.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Schedule & results

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final Team Heretics vs SUMN 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Team Liquid 1-2 Team Heretics 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30PM
G2 Esports 2-0 Orgless 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

Liquid exit early, G2 through to semis

Liquid suffered a shock exit to Team Heretics in a thrilling three-map quarter-final. A dominant performance by Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran as Sage helped secure Heretics a Double OT win to close out the series.

Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas led G2 to a swift 2-0 win, despite a rocky start on the opening map. A series K/D/A of 39/31/7 for the Spaniard with Raze proved too hot to handle for the Orgless lineup.

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals SUMN FC 2-0 Purple Cobras 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30AM
FPX 2-0 nolpenki 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

SUMN knocks out Cobras, FPX cement their position

Day 2 seemed to separate the wheat from the chaff for First Strike Europe, with both SUMN and FunPlus Phoenix advancing with easy 2-0 wins. Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasiow led FPX in their win over nolpenki, and seemed to make a great case for himself as one of the smartest, most calculating players we’ve seen so far in First Strike.

On the other side of the bracket, SUMN FC has come out of seemingly nowhere to post one of the most impressive records yet, racking up an 89% win rate in the competition so far, which they kept going in a 2-0 over the Purple Cobras to make it to the Semis.

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Heretics 2-1 G2 Esports 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Heretics and SUMN go the distance to make it to grand finals

The third day of the EU finals might have had the best, most competitive matches so far, with Team Heretics starting things off by taking down the titans of G2, who have seemed untouchable in the tournament so far.

Not to be outdone, SUMN FC waited until what seemed like the last possible moment to start their comeback against FunPlus Phoenix, who started with a quick first map lead right out of the gate but weren’t able to keep it up in the end.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Teams & players

The big three of European Valorant have all made it. According to our First Strike predictions, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, and FunPlus Phoenix are among the favorites to take the title. Below are the teams taking part.

Team Players
G2 Esports mixwell, paTiTek, pyth, ardiis, Davidp
FunPlus Phoenix ANGE1, Shao, ShadoW, Meddo, Zyppan
Team Liquid ec1s, soulcas, Kryptix, L1NK, ScreaM
Nolpenki vakk, xajdish, cNed, JESMUND, zeek
Team Heretics loWel, pAura, nukkye, niesoW, AvovA
SUMN FC Boaster, doma, Mistic, Moe40, tsack
Purple Cobras fanCy, Hugstar, M4CHINA, VlaDéDé, Honeybee
OrglessV pipson, Happy, Boo, delezyh, hoody

Valorant First Strike Europe: Final Placements

  Team Players
1st TBD $40,000
2nd TBD $20,000
3rd-4th FPX $10,000
5th-8th nolpenki $5,000
Purple Cobras
Team Liquid