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Gen.G wins the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Invitational

Gen.G defeats T1’s VALORANT team 2-1 to claim the $20,000 first-place prize in the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Invitational. The team made its way to the grand finals through the winners bracket of the double elimination tournament, only dropping one game.

The Gen.G squad is comprised of Canadian Counter Strike: Global Offensive players and was signed by the organization a few days ago. The team is lead by Keven “PLAYER1” Champagne and backed up with Anthony “gMd” Guimond, Loic “effys” Sauvageau, Danny “huynh” Huynh and Michael ” MkaeL” De Luca.

The team defeated T1’s own VALORANT squad comprised of recent signees Braxton “Braxton” Pierce, Keven “AZK” Larivière and Austin crashies Roberts along with CS:GO veterans Tyler “Ska” Latham and Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski. The squad competed under the name Team Brax.

The eventual winners of the tournament ran a double vision composition in the final game. The team picked Cypher and Sova, along Breach, Brimstone and Sage. Team Brax ran almost the same composition, substituting Brimstone for Phoenix.

Participants

This tournament was particularly stacked. Not only was it the debut of Gen.G’s VALORANT squad, it was the Sentinels first tournament with its new team and ace Jay “sinatraa” Won.

The former Overwatch player’s competitive VALORANT debut left a lot to be desired. His team, comprised of Jared “zombs” Gitlin, Hunter “SicK” Mims, Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan and Coby “dizzy” Meadows, lost to Team Brax in the second round of the upper bracket 0-2. They then would go on to get knocked out of the tournament by Team Shroud. Team Shroud had the core of Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, Spencer “hiko” Martin and Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert.

The other four teams that were in the invitational were Team Kurt, Team Sonii, mouseSpaz and Prospects. MouseSpaz and Prospects qualified through the qualifier tournaments held the days before the invitational, every other team was invited. MouseSpaz made it to Losers finals of the tournament and Prospects flamed out without a win in either bracket.

Kurtis “Kurt” Gallo and Michael “Sonii” Sherman were the captains of their respective teams. Both are professional esports players signed to T1. Kurt competes in Apex Legends and Sonii for a variety of Battle Royale games for the organization.

Tournament Format

The tournament was a double elimination style tournament with the upper bracket being a best-of-three format and the lower bracket being a best of one. The grand finals was also a best of three, but the winners side team started with one win.

The winners of the tournament, Gen.G, took the $20,000 prize, while the runners up, Team Brax, took home $5,000.

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Declan McLaughlin

I am an Indiana University student with a degree in journalism and a passion for esports. I have written about multiple games, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rocket League, for multiple media outlets. You can catch me dying first every round in VALORANT or trying to get out of Silver in League of Legends.

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