The first four teams that will take part in the VALORANT First Strike North America Finals have been determined. In Riot Games’ first big official tournament, Renegades, Sentinels, 100 Thieves and Team Envy made it to the finals from the sixteen teams which started in the NSG Tournament on November 4th.
The First Strike North America NSG Tournament started with four different groups which consisted of four teams each. In the group stage, the games were played as BO3s and the first two teams of every group qualified to playoffs. The playoffs had a single elimination bracket and were played the same as in the group stage: Best-of-three.
After closing their roster with additions of Asuna and diceyzx, 100 Thieves has soared through the tournament so far with a commendable performance. The team started in group A in the NSG Tournament and managed to get out of the group after securing second place after losing only against Cloud9 Blue. Notably, 100 Thieves defeated TSM, one of the strongest teams in NA, in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory. This win, among countless others, allowed them to claim their spot in First Strike Finals and advance to semifinals in the tournament.
Arguably the best team in North America, Sentinels has earned their spot in the main event even after stumbling during the qualifiers. After finishing the Group C in first place ahead of Dignitas, Team Envy and Spot Up, the team took the finals ticket by knocking out nonachiever T1 witha 2-1 score in the quarterfinals.
Team Envy has been in the limelight with their recent performances, with top player mummAy continuing to pop off alongside his friends. Envy walked their way into the finals without hesitation, beating Complexity in the quarterfinals as if it was nothing.
After a bumpy performance, Renegades became the fourth team to earn a spot in the main stage by narrowly scraping by some of the toughest teams. The cowboys that finished their group as second seed have been waiting for their adversaries in the finals after surpassing Cloud9 Blue with a satisfying performance in the quarterfinals of the NSG Tournament.
The other four teams that will take a place in the regional finals will be determined in the UMG Tournament, which will be played between 18-22 November. The eight finalist teams are going to compete with each other for a $100,000 prize pool.