Riot Games’ First Strike series has finally made its way to the immensely competitive European region.
To make sure you don’t miss any of the action, Riot has shared a watch guide showing where and when fans can catch the Valorant action, along with who to watch out for in the tournaments.
How to watch:
The first week of the playoffs will take place on November 14-15, and the second week of the playoffs will continue on November 21-22. Fans can tune in to watch the pre-show which is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. GMT+8 (2:30 p.m. CET) on each day of playoff competition.
While the open qualifier matches will not be broadcast on any official Riot streaming platform, fans can still watch their favorite Valorant European players livestream their matches from their POV with a three-minute delay. G2’s team captain, Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho, has been livestreaming his matches via his Twitch channel.
Teams to look out for:
First Strike EU is currently in its play-in stage, with the remaining top 32 teams battling it out to secure a playoff spot. However, some pro players like G2’s Charlie “ardiis” Svarenieks aren’t pleased with how the tournament brackets were formed.
The top 32 bracket is clearly top-heavy, with undisputed Ignition Series champions G2 Esports having to go through Guild Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas for them to make it to the semifinals, and qualify to the next round.
Meanwhile, regional rivals Team Liquid and FunPlus Phoenix appear to have an easier path ahead, based on where they are in the tournament bracket.
First Strike EU continues later on November 14 at 12 a.m. GMT+8, and features G2 going up against VASTA Gaming as its first match of the top 32 open qualifier.