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Valorant: First Strike North American qualifiers explained

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Danyal Arabi
Modified 25 Oct 2020, 21:34 IST

Riot Games had announced the Valorant First Strike tournament in September, featuring a prize pool of $1,00,000 in the North American region. With an open qualifier in place and free entry, hundreds of teams will be eyeing a spot in this prestigious tournament.

How the Valorant First Strike's qualifiers are set

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For those unaware of the Valorant First Strike qualification bracket, u/Slipscore- and @jslips_ have taken it upon themselves to help the community visualize the structure of this tournament.

Stage 1: Nerd street gamers open qualifiers

  • Dates: 26th to 30th October.
  • 128 teams to compete on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Facing off in a single-elimination bracket in best of three matches.
  • Top 16 teams enter Qualifier 1.

Stage 2: Qualifier 1

  • Dates: 4th to 8th November.
  • 16 qualified teams to duke it out till eight remain.
  • The top four squads go on to face off in the main event.
  • The remaining four squads get a second chance to qualify in the second qualifier stage.

Stage 3: UMG Open Bracket 2

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  • Dates: 11th to 15th November.
  • 128 teams compete in another large bracket similar to the first open qualifier.
  • Teams square off in single-elimination best of three bouts.
  • The top 12 squads move on to stand a chance for qualification in the second qualifier stage.

Stage 4: Qualifier 2

  • Dates: 18th to 22nd November.
  • The bottom four teams from Qualifier 1 will take on the top 12 from the UMG Open Bracket 2.
  • These 16 teams will now compete for the final four spots in the main event.
  • This stage concludes all the attempts to qualify and all eliminations are final.

Stage 5: Valorant First Strike North America Main Event

  • Dates: 3th to 8th December.
  • Four teams from Qualifier 1 and four teams from Qualifier 2 lay it all on the line in the final stage.
  • With $100k up for grabs.

Riot and its associates have worked to create a fairly comprehensive system that seems to allow competitors a fair chance to qualify for one of the biggest Valorant tournaments yet.

Published 25 Oct 2020, 21:34 IST
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