First Strike Names Regional Winners In First Riot-Organized Tournament Series
Bren Esports, 100 Thieves, and Team Heretics were just some of the teams that were crowned Valorant First Strike champions as the global tournament series concluded over the weekend. Here’s a complete list of all the winners for each region.
- Mineski VxV (Philippines – Bren Esports
- Bren dominated the Mineski VxV tournament, not dropping a single game throughout groups and brackets. A 2-0 against AG.Nefarious in the Quarterfinals, a 2-0 against Hashira in the Semis, and a 3-0 against another big name in PH esports, ArkAngel, put JessiVash, Borkum, and the rest of the boys in yellow on top of the Philippines Valorant scene.
- First Strike North America – 100 Thieves
- After disappointing finishes in the Ignition series tournaments, Hiko proved that he still had it by winning it all in NA. With a whole new roster, the boomers and zoomers beat out NA powerhouses T1, Sentinels, and finally TSM in the finals.
- First Strike Europe – Team Heretics
- After a shocking semifinals that saw G2 and FPX bow out of the tournament, underdogs SUMN FC and Team Heretics battled it out in the EU Finals, with the latter winning 3-1 to claim the title of EU’s best.
- First Strike Korea – Vision Strikers
- Tournament favorites Vision Strikers won big in a convincing fashion, only dropping a single game to Cloud9 Korea.
- First Strike Malaysia and Singapore – TODAK
- First Strike Latin America North – LazerKlan
- ESL Thailand Championship 2020 – MiTH.Attitude
- First Strike Indonesia – Team nxl
- First Strike Turkey – BBL Esports
- First Strike Levant and Egypt – NASR Esports
- First Strike CIS – forZe
- First Strike Brazil – Gamelanders
- First Strike Japan – Absolute JUPITER
- First Strike Hong Kong and Taiwan – ahq e-Sports Club
- First Strike Oceania – EXO Clan
- First Strike GCC and Iraq – RvN
- First Strike Latin America South – Estral Esports
- First Strike North Africa – Fox Gaming
What’s Next For Valorant Esports?
When it was first announced in September, First Strike was held with the goal of “establishing regional legacy.” As testing grounds not only for the participating teams and players, Riot also got a grasp on how to proceed with their Valorant esports scene. In late November they announced the Valorant Champions Tour, a year-long circuit of tournaments starting in 2021, culminating in the Valorant world championships.
Qualifying tournaments, called the Valorant Challengers, will focus on regional competition, with events organized both by Riot and other tournament organizers, some of whom have previously worked on Ignition and First Strike events. The next tier, Valorant Masters, will take place three times a year; March, June, and September. And finally, the Valorant Champions, the game’s world championships, featuring the top 16 teams from around the world competing in a two-week long tournament to crown the best in the world.
You can learn more by visiting the official Valorant blog here.
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