On October 26, the starting signal for First Strike, the first VALORANT tournament hosted by Riot Games, will be given. The best teams in North America will play online for $100,000.
Riot Games published the schedule and tournament structure for its VALORANT event First Strike on Monday. It is the first VALORANT sports event that the publisher will host itself. The company officially announced the event on October 7th.
The final round of the competition will be played out only at the beginning of December with the best eight teams from North America, but already next Monday 128 teams will be able to play for advancement in the first open preliminary round. Riot Games is hosting First Strike with a prize pool of $100,000.
The First Strike: NA Qualifiers are almost here! The competition will begin on October 26 with our first open, 128-team tournament, produced by @nerdstgamers.
Read all about it: https://t.co/wSVvM6sIGY
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) October 19, 2020
The preliminary round will be followed by the first qualifying tournament from November 4 to 8 with the best 16 teams, four of which will qualify for the main event. Four more lineups will get a second chance in the second qualifier, which will be held from November 18 to 22.
The remaining twelve participants in the second qualifier event will be determined beforehand in another open preliminary round from November 11 to 15. All qualifying tournaments will be organized by partner companies before Riot Games itself takes the helm at the Main Event.
At the Main Event, eight teams will compete for the First Strike crown. The final round, which like the qualifiers will be played entirely online, will run from December 3 to 6.
Among the tournament favorites are the most successful North American VALORANT professional teams to date. The Sentinels, Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and the Immortals have so far left their mark on the tactical shooter released in June on the continent and will be looking to secure the trophy and the lion’s share of the prize money.