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: 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
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
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.
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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
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.