The Valorant First Strike North American Open Qualifiers started on October 26, with 128 of the best Valorant squads from the continent all battling it out to make into the competition. However, only one could be the winner, and that was Cloud9 Blue.
First Strike is being called “the first major in VALORANT esports,” at least by Riot Games and their organizing partners Nerd Street Gamers.
There are certainly enough teams to keep track of as the bracket of the first Open Qualifiers get going. Let’s get right into it and give you a rundown of the week’s action if you missed it.
Cloud9 Blue win NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier over Envy
Envy were fast out of the gates in the Grand Final of the NSG First Strike NA Open Qualifier against Cloud9 Blue.
They took a hold of Ascent, and looked like the more clean and coordinated team as they eked out the win on the final round of regulation.
However, it may have just been a flash in the pan. Cloud9 hit back hard on their pick of Split, and it was easy to see why they picked it. TenZ solo out-fragged the entirely of Envy in the first half, and ended up with 29 kills when all was said and done.
The 11-1 score line at halftime was too much for Envy to overcome, eventually falling 13-7.
Cloud9 rode that Split momentum into Bind in the final-map decider. While Envy won the pistol on attack, Cloud9 steadied the ship to go on a spree. They won the next seven rounds to cement their lead, and put Envy on the back foot in the second half yet again.
Cloud9’s aggressive B-site takes on attack overwhelmed Envy’s defence, as they continued to push forward on the gas. Envy only got one round on their defence as they were decimated 13-5 on the final map, with Cloud9 securing the title and the first seed heading into the Closed Qualifier.
Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier streams
If you missed the first First Strike NA qualifier, you can catch up on the official Valorant channel. They’ve uploaded a VOD of the stream from every day of the open qualifier.
We’ve embedded the final for you below, but you can find the rest here.
Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier format
The Valorant First Strike tournament is the first of its kind for Riot Games’ newest FPS. The tournament kicked off with 128 teams participating in the first NA Open Qualifiers, which got cut down to 32 teams.
All of the top 16 teams will advance to the first official qualifier on November 4 – 8, so being included on the podium here is more about pride than anything else.
As long as teams finish in the upper half of the 32-team bracket, they’ll get another chance in the second round of opening qualifiers.
Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier schedule and results
The competition began on October 26 at 5 PM EST with the 128-team open, with each day seeing further action at the same time until October 30. This whittled down the pool to 16 teams, who will then compete in the first closed qualifier on November 4.
The top four teams from the closed qualifier will advance straight to the First Strike main event. The next four teams will advance into the second open tournament for another chance to fight for their spot in the competition as well.
Below is the schedule for each day of the event. Please be aware that these times are subject to change at the discretion of the organizer.
Tuesday, October 27
|Round of 32||2PM||5PM||9PM||10PM|
|Round of 16||5PM||8PM||12AM||1AM|
Wednesday, October 29
|Quarterfinals||Sentinels 0 – 2 Gen.G Esports||2PM||5PM||9PM||10PM|
|Quarterfinals||Team Envy 2 – 1 T1||2PM||5PM||9PM||10PM|
|Quarterfinals||TSM 2 – 0 100 Thieves||5PM||8PM||12AM||1AM|
|Quarterfinals||Cloud9 Blue – 1 Slimy Boogermen||5PM||8PM||12AM||1AM|
Thursday, 29 October
|Semifinals||Gen.G Esports 0 – 2 Team Envy||2PM||5PM||9PM||10PM|
|Semifinals||TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue||5PM||8PM||12AM||1AM|
Friday, 30 October
|Grand Final||Team Envy 1 – 2 Cloud9 Blue||2PM||5PM||9PM||10PM|
Valorant First Strike NA Open Qualifier: Final Placements
NA Open Qualifier 1 Top 16
|5th – 8th||Sentinels|
|9th – 16th||Spot Up|
|Built By Gamers|
All of the teams above have now qualified for the first closed qualifier, the NSG Tournament, scheduled for November 4 to 8.