Riot reveals details and rules on VALORANT First Strike
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October 16, 2020

Riot reveals details and rules on VALORANT First Strike

Riot Games just revealed on its official VALORANT website new information related to its own First Strike esports event, including formats, rules, and key dates.

This is the first time that Riot Games is taking care of its own VALORANT series of tournaments. Therefore, fans can be sure that the game’s developers will do whatever it takes for a good competitive environment.

VALORANT First Strike Rules


For the European event, Open Qualifiers will be held from November 9 to 22. All participating teams have four chances to reach the Play-In stage. They can participate in the four separate tournaments during the two weeks.

  • Qualifier A – Nov 9-10
  • Qualifier B – Nov 11-12
  • Play-In #1 – Nov 13
  • Playoffs – Nov 14 -15
  • Qualifier C – Nov 16-17
  • Qualifier D – Nov 18-19
  • Play-In #2 – Nov 20
  • Playoffs – Nov 21 -22

To compete, squads are only authorized to include players over the age of sixteen with at least Immortal 1 rank.

After the end of the play-ins on November 13 and 20, the playoffs start. Then, these squads must best everyone in their way to reach the final event in December.

As for Riot Games’ VALORANT First Strike esports tournament, these details and rules are quite standard. The event holds best-of-three games the entire tournament except for the finals that feature a best-of-five match on December 6.


The Brazilian tournament starts directly on October 17 with four rounds of Open Qualifiers. All these qualifiers can only support 512 teams at maximum. Out of these 2048 teams, only 32 would remain to face the next stage on November 14 and 15.

  • Open Qualifier #1 and #2: October 17 and 18 & October 24 and 25
  • Open Qualifier #3 and #4: October 31 and November 1 & November 7 and 8
  • Final Qualifier (Closed): November 14 and 15
VALORANT First Strike info revealed

Image credits to Riot Games

Like the European version, the eight best teams participate at First Strike in December. Riot Games also added a specific rule for the Brazilian tournaments regarding the nationality of its future participants. All teams that want to compete in this event must have at least three of its player coming from Brazil.


The Korean First Strike event is much simpler. The 24 teams that will be participating in the November event are the ones with the highest amount of Circuit Points. After two rounds, the final eight teams are decided for the December event.

Additional information will come in a few weeks, especially for regions like North America, Japan, CIS, Turkey, MENAI, LATAM, SEA, and OCE. Still, Riot Games decided to adapt its event to the local populations and constraints. Fans will be expecting an amazing spectacle, especially between December 3 and 6. Knowing these rules and dates, fans hold high expectations for the VALORANT First Strike tournament.

Written by Charles FUSTER


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