Valorant First Strike NA: What you need to know

By Carver FisherNovember 2, 2020
Valorant First Strike NA: What you need to know
Now that the NSG Open Qualifiers are over, Valorant’s First Strike tournament circuit is headed into its second big event. 128 teams entered the Open Qualifier event, and 16 teams have come out ahead of the rest. During the NSG Tournament taking place November 4-8, these 16 teams will duke it out to see who comes out on top. However, this tournament (and every tournament leading up to the First Strike Event) is about much more than the win. It’s all about placement.
The teams that place 5-8 this weekend will be put into the pool for the UMG tournament taking place November 18-22. Any teams that don’t make it into this top eight will get another shot at getting into the tournament with the UMG open. If this sounds a little complicated, that’s because it is. This image might give you an idea of how Valorant’s first official North American event is organized:
To sum up, the top 16 from both open qualifiers will move on to their respective tournaments, and the top four from each tournament get to attend First Strike’s $100k finale. With big teams like NRG, Immortals, and FaZe not making the cut for the NSG Open’s top 16, UMG’s Open Qualifier is bound to be intense. That’s without mentioning that half of the NSG Open’s current top 16 are going to get thrown into the UMG Open just like any other team.
The NSG Tournament taking place November 4-8 is the perfect hopping on point for anyone trying to watch some pro Valorant play. Here are the 16 teams that’ll be present in the NSG Tournament:
  • Cloud9 Blue
  • Envy
  • TSM
  • Gen.G
  • Sentinels
  • T1
  • Slimy Boogermen
  • 100 Thieves
  • XSET
  • Complexity
  • Renegades
  • Luminosity
  • Equinox
  • Built By Gamers
  • Spot Up
  • Dignitas
If you’re completely new and looking for a team to follow, there are a few good places to start. Cloud9 Blue took first in the Open Qualifier, so they’re an obvious choice if you’re trying to watch an up-and-coming roster. 100 Thieves is a personal favorite, and I’m hoping they’re able to get their team play to the same caliber as their individual skill level.
If you’re just looking to tune in to the final event, the First Strike Event will take place from December 3-6. However, do yourself a favor and give some of the other events a shot. We’ve already seen 1v3 and 1v4 clutches, and Valorant’s First Strike Tournament is just getting started. There’s bound to be a ton of exciting games over the coming weeks.
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