100 Thieves have won the first-ever major regional tournament produced by the developer, Riot Games. The four days long Valorant tournament saw some amazing teams but only 100 Thieves and TSM could make it to the finals. The team beat TSM 3-1 in a best of 5 matches and emerged as the winners of First Strike North America. Though, the lineup was formed in early October. 100 Thieves displayed their complete domination in the match.
The total prize pool of the event was $100,000 from which 100 Thieves will take home the $40,000 first-place prize whereas TSM won $20,000. Team Envy and Sentinels got $10,000 from a total prize pool. A total of 8 teams competed in the final event of First Strike North America featuring Envy, 100 Thieves, TSM, Immortals, Renegades, T1, Sentinels and FaZe Clan. The format of the competition featured two rounds of open qualifiers – NSG and UMG tournament. Four teams from each tournament qualified for the First Strike NA.
In the semifinals of the event, Team Envy and Sentinels lost to TSM and 100 Thieves respectively.
“I think we’ve definitely set a statement now that we are one of, if not the best team in North America,” said Spencer ‘Hiko‘ Martin after their win against TSM.
Besides the First Strike North America finals, more events took place in other regions of the world. Here is the list of major events with their winners.
- First Strike Korea – Vision Strikers
- First Strike Turkey – BBL Esports
- First Strike CIS – forZe
- First Strike Japan – Absolute Jupiter
- First Strike Europe – Team Heretics
One of the major events was the First Strike Europe finals where Team Heretics defeated SUMN FC (3-1). Whereas one of the favourites of the event G2 esports couldn’t qualify for the finals after losing to Team Heretics (2-1) in a best of 5 matches. Christian “loWel” Garcia Antoran from Team Heretics won the MVP player of the tournament award.