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First Strike Open Qualifier Final Preview

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The first First Strike open qualifier is coming to an end later today, with Envy and Cloud 9 Blue facing off in the finals, with a top seed in the First Strike event on the line. Both teams have had to defeat a lot of great teams to get to this point, where they will face off at 22:00 BST to declare a final winner of the 128-team event.

Yesterday, Cloud 9 Blue beat TSM 2-1, winning Ascent 13-6 before falling 16-14 on Bind to send it to a 3rd map. Tyson “TenZ” Ngo topped C9’s leaderboard once again, going for a Reyna pick on Split that helped push Cloud 9 over TSM 13-11, winning the series and advancing to the finals.

TenZ, despite his status as one of the best North American players, wasn’t the only player to make a great impact for Cloud 9 obviously. C9 was up 12-6 before letting it slip to a final round with overtime on the line. Josh “Shinobi” Abastado got first blood onto Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik with just 12 seconds left as they planted the bomb. TSM attempted to trap C9 in a Killjoy ultimate, but a key kill by Skyler “Relyks” Weaver forced it into a 5 on 3, and TSM couldn’t convert.

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Cloud 9 Blue will face off against Envy, who didn’t need a decider map to beat their opponent Gen.G in the semis. In fact, it was relatively smooth score-wise. The first map on Split saw Envy win 13-4, with Anthony “mummAy” DiPaolo going 17/9/2 on Jett. They were up 8-4 after the attack side, winning five straight rounds once the sides flipped.

Map 2 was much tighter, with Gen.G storming out to a 5-3 lead that ended in a 6-6 tie at the half. mummAy again went off, with a ridiculous 27/9/7 scoreline and a 364 ACS on Omen, which helped propel Envy to a 13-8 victory.

Envy now have beat Complexity, T1 and Gen.G on their way to the finals, as Cloud9 has beat Equinox, surprise team The Slimy Boogermen and TSM. Both teams have created a collision course to this final that is sure to turn heads.

Obviously, if you want to look at an individual matchup you turn to TenZ vs mummAy, who both play duelists and have put up crazy stat lines throughout here. Envy’s newest additions of Crashies and Food got revenge against T1, who dropped them in late Summer, can they cement themselves once again? Can the C9 Blue players prove to the doubters that the team isn’t the TenZ show? Twitch.tv/NerdStGamers and Twitch.tv/VALORANT will have the finals at 22:00 BST.

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