How to watch First Strike, Riot’s first official VALORANT tournament

A North American champion will be crowned in December.

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With the global success of the Ignition Series and the rapidly growing competitive scene comes First Strike, VALORANT’s first major tournament.

The event, which kicks off with the qualifiers for teams from North America, Europe, CIS, Turkey, Asia, Oceania, Brazil, and the Middle East in October, will culminate in multiple regional finals in the closing stages of the year.

Here’s how to watch First Strike.


The event is split up into three sections. There’s the NSG qualifiers, the UMG qualifiers, and the regional finals.

All matches for the qualifiers and the regional finals will be best-of-three. The grand finals for each event, however, will be best-of-five. The regional finals will include four teams from the NSG qualifiers and the UMG qualifiers.

Regional finals teams

So far, four out of eight teams have qualified for the regional finals. The four final qualifying teams will be determined by the UMG qualifiers on Nov. 22.

Team Envy

  • food
  • crashies
  • FNS
  • mummAy
  • kaboose

100 Thieves

  • hiko
  • nitr0
  • steel
  • Asuna
  • dicey


  • retrQ
  • CP2
  • Winsum
  • randyySavage
  • Berghy
  • Coach: coachJ


  • ShahZaM
  • SicK
  • sinatraa
  • zombs
  • dapr


The UMG qualifiers begin on Nov. 18, ahead of the regional finals scheduled for Dec. 3.

Where to watch

Since the tournament is hosted by Riot Games, First Strike will be available to watch with live commentary on Riot’s official VALORANT Twitch channel. It will also be broadcast on YouTube.