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Team Brax Wins the NA VALORANT Twitch Rivals Tournament

Team Brax, or the T1 VALORANT squad, has won the inaugural Twitch Rivals: VALORANT Launch Tournament and claimed the $10,250 first-place prize. The team fought through a field of VALORANT talent that included players that are signed to esports organizations and popular FPS streamers.

Group Stage

The first stage of the tournament was a round robin group stage with four groups of four teams. The top team from each group would make it to the playoffs.

Group A was stacked. It consisted of Team Myth, TSM’s VALORANT squad but with Myth instead of James “hazed” Cobb, Team Dizzy, with Jay “sinatraa” Won, Coby “dizzy” Meadows and Corey “corey” Nigra, and Team Hiko.

Team Myth made it to the next stage with Team Dizzy barely missing out on playoffs with a loss to Team Myth later in the round robin. Team Hiko was also a surprising let down, not wining a single match the whole stage.

Group B was less stacked, but had the eventual winners stomp the competition. Team Brax easily swept the competition, going 3-0 and advancing to the playoffs.

Group C and D played out much the same way, Team sh0ts and Team Mendo left their respective groups with a 3-0 record. Team Mendo was led by Team Liquid’s Lucas “Mendo” Håkansson and FPS streamer Timothy “TimThe Tatman” Betar. Team Sh0ts was led by Counter Strike: Global Offensive streamer William “Sh0ts” Griffith.

Playoffs

The semifinals were not very eventful. Team Myth and Team Mendo was the closest contest. The TSM squad won 2-0 with a 13-4 round score on the first map, bind, and a 13-11 round score on the second map, Split.

Team Brax rolled over its competition in this phase too. The team beat Team Sh0ts 13-6 on Ascent and 13-7 on Haven. This set up the grand finals of the event, Team Brax against Team Myth

Team Brax took the first map, Bind, with a 13-7 round score and then Team Myth came back with a map win on Haven. The deciding game went back to Bind and Team Brax won with a 13-10 round score.

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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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