How to Watch Valorant First Strike NA finals: Stream, schedule, results

100 Thieves win Valorant First Strike NA: Final placements & recap

Published: 7/Dec/2020 1:08 Updated: 11/Dec/2020 15:07

by Andrew Amos


100 Thieves are your Valorant First Strike North America champions after beating TSM 3-1 in the Grand Final and scoring a sweet $40,000. Here’s how the event’s action unfolded.

  • 100 Thieves 3-1 TSM — 100T lost Ascent, but were dominant on Haven to close
  • 100 Thieves demolish T1 & Sentinels en route to Grand Final
  • Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin incredible Grand Final performance tipped the scales in 100T’s favor

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

Below is the prize money distribution for First Strike NA. $100,000 was split between the top eight teams. While the top four were largely expected, 100 Thieves weren’t the favorites to take the lion’s share considering their path to glory meant beating T1 and Sentinels.

  Team Players
1st 100 Thieves $40,000
2nd TSM $20,000
3rd-4th Sentinels $10,000
5th-8th T1 $5,000
FaZe Clan

Valorant First Strike NA: Results & recap

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Envy 2-0 Immortals 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Renegades 0-2 TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Envy & TSM stride into semis

Victor ‘Food’ Wong’s Reyna and Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald’s Raze proved too hot to handle for Immortals on their surprise pick of Icebox. Ascent was a tighter affair, but Envy secured the series 13-5 (Icebox), 13-11 (Ascent).

TSM stormed through Renegades in convincing fashion. Both Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu and Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson ran rampant as they booked their place in the semi-final with a 13-1 (Ascent), 13-5 (Bind) win.

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals Sentinels 2-0 FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
100 Thieves 2-0 T1 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Sentinels & 100 Thieves advance convincingly

Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s Sentinels beat up on fellow former Overwatch pros Shane ‘RawkusFlaherty and Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty of FaZe Clan to breeze through the quarters 2-0.

To finish Day 2, 100 Thieves put on a show against T1 — who put up a fight, but weren’t able to overcome Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and gang.

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Envy 0-2 TSM 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Sentinels 1-2 100 Thieves 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

100 Thieves set to play TSM in final

TSM and 100 Thieves are your Valorant First Strike NA Grand Finalists after two intense semi-finals. TSM swept aside Envy in a convincing 2-0 to kick off the day.

100 Thieves, however, 2-1. The veterans pulled through, with numerous clutches from Josh ‘Steel’ Nissan and Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella giving them the edge.

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TSM 1-3 100 Thieves 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM

100 Thieves win first major title

The underdogs have reigned supreme. The veterans set the tone on the opening map of Split, edging past TSM 15-13 in overtime.

Despite Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson’s best efforts for TSM, Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin’s series K/D/A of 73/53/28 led the Thieves to a 3-1 win.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

Despite our predictions landing 100 Thieves in fourth place and TSM in third, both teams proved that they had the mettle to stand up against the behemoths of Team Envy and Sentinels and emerge victorious. Below are the teams that took part in First Strike NA

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett


Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.