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Cloud9 Blue win Valorant First Strike x NSG NA Open Qualifier: results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 1:00 Updated: 1/Nov/2020 13:45

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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With the NA qualifiers in full swing, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

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 (B03) PST EST  BST CEST
Round of 32 2PM 5PM 9PM 10PM
Round of 16 5PM 8PM 12AM 1AM

Wednesday, October 29

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
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

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
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

Round (Bo3) Match PST EST BST CEST
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

Place Team
1st Cloud9 Blue
2nd Envy
3rd TSM
4th Gen.G Esports
5th – 8th Sentinels
T1
100 Thieves
Slimy Boogermen
9th – 16th Spot Up
XSET
Complexity
Luminosity
Renegades
Dignitas
Equinox Esports
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.

League of Legends

Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 0:00

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The legendary ADC has quit playing the game after TSM failed to make it out of the Worlds Group stage for the fifth time in franchise history. However, as he pointed out in his retirement message, his domestic form was good.

Doublelift was 17 when he qualified for his first tournament – the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. “When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” he said.

That tournament was played on tiny laptops in front of just 30 people, but he went onto bigger things. DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“For five years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match,” he wrote. “Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
Colin Young-Wolff / Riot Games
Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

Famously one of the most aggressive Bot laners in the world, Doublelift carried his career with the same brutish drive that propelled him to 2,098 Kills across 486 LCS games and tied for an LCS most All-Time record of four Pentakills.

Unfortunately, that level of success never transferred to the world stage – reaching the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) once and only making it out of the group stage at Worlds 2011.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the MSI 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

LoL Esports celebrates Doublelift’s career

Doublelift’s announcement came as a surprise to many in the esports industry who thought the 27 year old still had a lot to give to the game.

“Absolute legend, been a pleasure getting to know you this year. Great player, great person and great legacy. No matter what you end up doing next, I’m sure it will turn into something great as well,” former Team Liquid teammate Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen wrote.

“Best of luck in wherever your journey takes you next, Doublelift. We have no words that could adequately articulate your incredible contributions to our region and league over the years. Thank you for everything,” Riot Game’s LCS Twitter said.

100 Thieves General manager and beloved LoL personality Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith said, “There are precious few League of Legends personalities that promoted the growth of the entire esports industry more than you – To say you step away a legend is an understatement, congratulations on a wonderful career”

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.