VALORANT Champions Tour: How Envy, Sentinels, Immortals and XSET qualified for Masters

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VALORANT Champions Tour

The Valorant Champions Tour is well underway with four teams earning their spot for the Masters tournament in March after finishing as the top four teams in the second Challengers open qualifier. Eight teams will ultimately qualify for Masters, with the next four qualifying after the third Challengers open qualifier, which will be broadcast by Nerd Street Gamers this weekend. … Read More

VCT Game Changers to bring more opportunities for women in VALORANT

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VCT Game Changers

The Valorant esports scene is expanding yet again with the introduction of the VCT Game Changers program.  The Game Changers Series is a newly created set of top-tier competitions that will take place in multiple regions around the world in 2021. These competitions are focused on spotlighting women and marginalized genders around the world. The competitions will be similar in … Read More

XSET making their mark through VALORANT success, commitment to diversity

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XSET VALORANT

When VALORANT esports events started popping up last year, XSET was largely unknown. Many of the teams that esports fans were familiar with started announcing rosters and entering tournaments. Household names such as Sentinels, Cloud9, TSM, Immortals and Envy were considered to be among the top teams going into the NA Valorant Champions Tour.  XSET, on the other hand, was … Read More

What to watch this weekend in esports

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Don’t know what to watch this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of some of the most intriguing games and tournaments happening this weekend. VALORANT The VALORANT Champions Tour continues Saturday with the second closed qualifier of NA Challengers, organized by Nerd Street Gamers. Originally scheduled to start Thursday, the weekend matches were pushed back due to the … Read More

100 Thieves VALORANT rising star Asuna proving himself to fans, his parents

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VALORANT

Right now, Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk is one of the rising stars of VALORANT esports. The 17-year-old has not only proved to his parents that he can go pro, but has proven to be a standout even while playing alongside CS:GO legends Spencer “Hiko” Martin, Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella and Joshua “steel” Nissan on 100 Thieves. Much has changed for him in … Read More

Fnatic join EU VALORANT scene after signing SUMN FC

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VALORANT Phoenix Jett

Fnatic has officially moved into the European VALORANT scene after teasing a roster announcement Tuesday.  After SUMN FC’s second-place finish at the First Strike EU competition in December, an organization finally decided to sign Jake “Boaster” Howlett and his team to their roster. The team also finished third-fourth in the Red Bull Home Ground tournament this past weekend. More: Nerd … Read More

C9 White’s meL on VALORANT squad’s success, inspiring next generation of women in esports

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Cloud9 White C9

On Jan. 19, Renegades took on Cloud9 White, the org’s all-female Valorant team, in a qualifier for an upcoming tournament hosted by the World Showdown of Esports. As C9 White closed a dominant 13-4 victory over Renegades, captain Melanie “meL” Capone popped off.  “If you ask any of my teammates, I am the biggest clown [while we play], I try … Read More

YaBoiDre excelling with Luminosity Gaming

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Raze VALORANT

After Luminosity Gaming took a quick 2-0 lead in the best of five finals for Nerd Street Gamers’ Valorant Winter Championship, the series came back to 2-2. Game 5 came down to the wire with LG taking the final map 13-10. For Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond and the rest of the LG roster, fighting back from the brink of elimination characterized … Read More

Envy no longer ‘underrated,’ but not yet elite

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Shortly after winning the NSG First Strike qualifier in early November, Team Envy’s Jake “kaboose” McDonald said to Dot Esports about his team, “I don’t think we’re ever underdogs, we’re just very underrated.” Teammate Austin “crashies” Roberts echoed kaboose’s sentiment, saying, “As a team, we can all pop off at any time.” Envy bolstered their roster with the duo of … Read More