The Last Qualifier for the First Strike Europe Regional Finals has come to an end, as nolpenky, Prodigy, Purple Cobras and Team Heretics are the final four teams to join the main tournament of the First Strike Circuit, a series of Riot Games sponsored events that will determine which team is the best on their region.
FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, SUMN FC and Team Liquid had already secured their place at the event in the first qualifier, dating back to early November.
After SUMN FC had proven that orgless teams could reach the top echelons of competitive VALORANT in Europe, it was time for nopenky to follow their footsteps, managing to overcome the Czechs of Enterprise Esports in a three map series, with the Polish player Aleksander ‘zeek’ Zygmunt being instrumental for their victory.
Former Counter-Strike veteran Vincent ‘Happy’ Schopenhauer would be the next to qualify, under the Prodigy banner. His European roster would manage to snatch a 2-1 series from a French roster lead by an equally important figure in Counter-Strike and one of his main regional rivals throughout his career, the Belgium In-Game Leader Kévin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans.
Three orgless teams reach the First Strike Europe Finals
In a duel between two orgless teams, it would be Purple Cobras to defeat the Hungarian side of Need more DM. The teams would trade one sided maps before reaching the third map of Haven, with both rosters throwing everything they could at each other, with Need More DM extending it past regulation but failing on its conversion, losing 14-12 and giving the spot to Purple Cobras.
The last series of the day would put Team Heretics against Team Finest, and it would be a clear 2-0 sweep, as Melih ‘pAura’ Karaduran and Žygimantas ‘nukkye’ Chmieliauskas powered through the Israeli roster.