Valorant News Flash: First Strike Series Unveiled
Today, Valorant devs talked about the next step of Valorant competitive esports, the First Strike series. Similar to the Ignition Series, it's a regional set of tournaments, with no current plans for something like a major which will pit teams from different regions against each other. However, I am hopeful that if the covid situation clears up, there are plans for the first real Valorant major to take place. Anyways here are the details of the First Strike series. Remember that this is a developing story, and that more details will probably come out int eh following days, weeks and months. The First Strike series will be a set of tournaments in 8 different regions. North America, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Turkey, Asia, Brazil, Oceania, and the Middle East. First there's going to be an online component held by 3rd party organizers, similar to the Ignition Series when different esports clubs and organizations like Nerd Street Gamers were holding official events. These online tourneys are for Professional and Amateur teams, so they appear to be relatively open to the public, but there will probably be checks done on every entering team to make sure they are good enough and eligible to compete. The top 8 teams from every region will go on to play in regional First Strike Finals, which will be done directly by Riot, and will be held from December 3-6. The winners of each region will be crowned the first official Regional Valorant Champions. The prize pool is expected to vary by region, but will certainly be larger than the ones in the Ignition series. If there is a covid vaccine, or the virus seems to slow down, there appears to be an indication that the regional champs, or regional champs + 2nd place teams in each region may be invited to a major which will pit all the best teams of each region against each other. However, take this with a grain of salt, and don't get your hopes too high, as if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that situations that seem to be set in stone can change at any minute, and that we should expect the unexpected. Even if there are any in-person regional events, it's doubtful that there will be a live audience. However, this tournament is great news for Valorant fans like myself who have been eagerly awaiting what will come next after the Ignition Series. Here's the link to the original story for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper: https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29951645/riot-announces-first-strike-series-valorant-tournaments See you on the Battlefield!