What We Know About Valorant First Strike Europe

Abhimannu Das
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  • Valorant's First Strike tournament is underway for Europe with teams competing for a prize pool of €85,000
  • G2 Esports, Team Liquid, PFX Esports, and SUMN FC have qualified and four more teams will move on to the main event.
  • Valorant First Strike Europe grand finals will be broadcasted on Twitch and YouTube on December 6.

Valorant’s esports scene continues to grow with Riot Games introducing a series of tournaments under the Valorant First Strike banner. With the recent success of the Ignition series, the game’s competitive scene looks very promising in Europe. The series of First Strike tournaments will be organized by Riot Games, and it features all important regions across the globe. 

Europe, Korea, North America, and South America will be part of the majors. Asia, Turkey, Japan, Oceania, Brazil, and CIS will be part of the minors. The majors including Valorant First Strike Europe will feature bigger events and a prize pool of up to $100,000 (€85,000) for each region shared by the top 8 qualifying teams.

Valorant First Strike Europe Schedule and Format

The Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers were scheduled from November 9 to November 22. The main event is scheduled from December 3-6, and it will feature the top eight teams. On December 6, Riot will award the first-ever European champions in Valorant. With the European region being so incredibly competitive and full of talent, we are excited to see who takes the crown.

Valorant First Strike Europe Tournament Format.
Image by Riot Games

The open qualifiers for Europe were split into four tournaments. Riot did not tie teams to a single qualifier. Teams that got knocked out in the first qualifier got another shot via the second qualifier. The qualifiers followed a best-of-one single-elimination format.

Valorant First Strike Europe Finals Tournament Format.
Image by Riot Games

The upcoming playoffs will feature a best-of-three format. G2 Esports, Team Liquid, PFX Esports, and SUMN FC are the first four teams to qualify for the tournament. Four more teams will proceed to the final stage and compete for the grand prize. G2’s win came at the cost of some controversy after being beaten by Guild Esports. Riot punished Guild Esports for making use of an illegal exploit and awarded G2 the win.

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What Maps Are Being Played?

The map pool currently consists of Ascent, Split, Haven, and Bind. At the main stage event, Icebox will be added to the map rotation. The teams select maps from pool at the start of each round.

Which Agents Are Allowed in The Tournament?

All agents were allowed in the Valortant First Strike Europe tournament except Skye. Since the Week #2 qualifiers, Skye has been enabled for teams to try out in the competitive format. Omen, Sova, and Jett have the highest pick rate currently, with all 3 agents seeing usage in over 90% of the matches.

Where to Watch

Valorant First Strike Europe can be streamed on Twitch and YouTube on the official channels. You can check out the streams using the links below.

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/valorant

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8CX0LD98EDXl4UYX1MDCXg

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.