The Valorant First Strike Global Finals crowned regional champions all around the world, with various teams marking their respective territory ahead of the Champions Tour.
But in two of Future Earth’s major regions, two unlikely victors emerged, as 100 Thieves & Team Heretics stampeded through their Main Event bracket. Here’s how both Hiko & loWel rallied the troops and led their teams to a Major event win.
With a series of upsets that led to a Grand Final nobody saw coming, the event was an incredible sight to behold. A worldwide spectacle, Heretics fought their way through Europe’s titans, besting Team Liquid, and G2 Esports.
It came incredibly close, all in all. loWel and their teammates were extremely focused on winning, and win they did. They capped off the event with a dominant 13-1 win on Summons Kryptonite of Ascent.
Avova was complementing the teams’ flashy plays by utilizing Omen and Brimstone. This was an extremely crucial element in securing the win during Heretic’s retakes – a vastly improved aspect of their gameplay compared to prior matches.
Looking ahead to the Champion’s tour, both Heretics and 100 Thieves will no doubt be looking to fly their continent’s flag in the first-ever international LAN event for the title.
Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.
Update on January 18
Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”
CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.
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Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.
The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.
The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.
W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.
First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.
The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.
Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.
With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.
Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.