Valorant Pop Flash Preview


by in Valorant | Aug, 14th 2020

Valorant’s esports scene is as alive as they come. It doesn’t have prestigious, highly lucrative events yet, but the sheer quantity of smaller installments brings great hope for futureproofing this brand-new esports title. Valorant Pop Flash preview is our subject here, but we feel the need to talk a bit about its parent series – Valorant Ignition.

Valorant Pop Flash is the final North American event of the 2020 Valorant Ignition Series. Organized by B Site, most popular for their CSGO Flashpoint league, Valorant Pop Flash is set to last five days and feature $50,000 in prize money. Eight top-tier North American teams will be competing. The likes of T1, TSM, Gen and Sentinels are all participating, meaning this event will serve as the final proving ground before new, more lucrative Valorant events start popping up.

Valorant Pop Flash Interesting Facts


  • Valorant Ignition Series brings forth the biggest Valorant esports action. We’ve already seen a bunch of top-tier events across all major regions, which just goes to show you what a potential Riot Games’ new FPS game has.
  • The most viewed Valorant Ignition Series event was the recently finished Faze Clan Invitational with more than 170,000 peak viewers and $50,000 in prize money. Can Valorant Pop Flash break the record? Well, it wouldn’t be that surprising, in all honesty.
  • Valorant Pop Flash event starts on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and will last until Sunday, Aug. 30. Yep, we’re expecting five days of thrilling Valorant action, last of its kind as far as Valorant Ignition Series go.

State of Affairs in Valorant Esports Scene


As mentioned in the intro, the Valorant Pop Flash event is the last entry of the North American Valorant Ignition Series. We don’t know much about future Valorant esports events, but they’ll be plentiful and more lucrative than the ones we’ve seen. Remember, Riot Games wants its brand-new esports title to develop naturally. They said they wouldn’t pump in crazy sums of money to speed up its development. That said, don’t expect the next few events to sport million in prize money with $100,000-ish. It won’t be surprising to see one or two $200K+ events by the end of the year.

Tournament Format


The event kicks off with the group stage. It’s set to feature two groups with four teams each. According to the Liquipedia event page, only the two top teams from each group advance to the playoffs. Luckily, we’re looking at a double-elimination bracket here, giving teams a much-needed leeway in the late stages. We don’t have any concrete information on match systems, but we reckon it’ll be a mix of Bo1s in the opening round, Bo3s, and a grand final Bo5.

Valorant Pop Flash Team Overviews


Even though Valorant is still a brand-new name in the esports industry, it attracted numerous pros from other games (mainly CSGO) and lured plenty of well-known esports organizations. G2, Dignitas, TSM, FunPlus Phoenix, T1, just to name a few. More teams ought to be on their way, further spicing things up in an already highly competitive ecosystem.

As far as Valorant Pop Flash event goes, it’s a North American event meaning only NA teams will be participating. That said, here’s a quick look into the most prominent names participating in the Valorant NA region.

T1


Let’s start this section of our Valorant Pop Flash preview by inspecting T1. You must’ve heard about them by now. Formerly known as SKT1, we’re talking about the team that dominated the LoL scene and unearthed one of the world’s most legendary midlaners, Faker. Since their glory days in LoL, T1 expanded into an array of other titles, including Apex Legends, Fortnite, Hearthstone, PUBG, Dota 2, and Valorant.

T1’s Valorant roster brings shivers down opponents’ spines. I mean, just look at their starting roster: Skadoodle, AZK, crashies, brax and food. We’re looking at the age-old iBUYPOWER CSGO roster banned following that notorious match-fixing scandal that shook the NA scene.

But, let’s not get into that. I’m sure these players have learned their lesson and will be very careful not to make the same childish mistakes again. Instead, I believe they’ll give 120% of their power to establish themselves as the best NA team in Valorant. They certainly have both the talent and the experience to be among the best. All they need is determination and perseverance. I’m sure they’ll make it work!

TSM


Next up, let’s talk about Team SoloMid. You must’ve heard about this esports organization. They’ve been in the industry for more than a decade already, establishing themselves as one of the dominant LoL teams. They’ve expanded to numerous other esports titles, including Valorant.

As most of you know, TSM won Faze Clan Valorant Invitational last week, taking half of the total prize pool. $25,000 was the grand prize that WARDELL and the boys took and with some style, if I may add. People agree that both TSM vs. Sentinels match on the recently finished Faze Clan Valorant Invitational were amazing. Heck, many people are already labeling the grand finals encounter as the best Valorant esports match thus far.

TSM and Sentinels are the top teams in the regions at the moment. With experienced esports pro players like Wardell, Subroza, and reltuC, TSM was always going to be a force to reckon with. Valorant Pop Flash is another fine opportunity for them to show off their prowess. I reckon they’ll take it!

Gen.G


Gen.G is another top-tier NA side, but their recent performances don’t put them at the same level as Sentinels and TSM. They’re good, but they continue to struggle in key matchups and keep losing against the top-tier NA sides.

What about their roster? What’s there to say about players like effys, gMd, huynh, MkaeL and PLAYER1? Well, just like most of their peers, these guys traversed to Valorant after having relatively unsuccessful careers in CSGO. I’m not bashing these players; I’m just stating the facts.

The transition helped them, though. Gen.G already won $33,500 in prize money, and that’s from just six events. Their biggest accomplishments include three gold medals, two silver and one bronze thus far. As for Valorant Pop Flash event, Gen.G should reach the playoffs unless placed in the group of death with two top-notch sides they can’t deal with.

Sentinels


Sentinels belong to the very top of the NA Valorant scene. They have a fine roster on their hands, led by experienced folks including dapr and ShahZaM. They transitioned their skills from CSGO to Valorant. Others aren’t far behind, either. Together, they’ve successfully created a highly competitive roster that can go head-to-head with the likes of TSM on any given day.

They did fail to win Faze Clan Invitational last week, after playing a marvelous 5-map thriller of a match against TSM. To their defense, Sentinels did win the 30Bomb: Summer Cup, where they defeated TSM in the grand finals. It was a smaller event, but a win is still a win. The same goes for their PAX Arena Invitational triumph. Dapr and the boys took $10,000 in prize money after dealing with TSM, Gen.G, and Cloud9 in the grand finals.

Overall, ShahZaM and Sinatraa are the players to watch out for in this Sentinels roster. shahZaM typically plays Jett, Breach and Sova, whereas Sinatraa usually opts for either Sova or Raze. They are consistent, have excellent game IQ, which they transitioned from CSGO, and aren’t afraid to make crazy plays that leave opponents scratching their heads in visible confusion. They have excellent potential and could swerve past TSM at the top of the region.

Valorant Pop Flash Schedule


Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the event’s schedule at the moment. There’s still a lot of time to go before the event starts, so it’s not that surprising. We know the key elements of its format, but that’s been explained earlier, just like the key dates. I guess the only thing we’re left to do is wrap up our Valorant Pop Flash preview. Let’s just hope the likes of TSM and Gen.G provide us with an interesting group stage and thrilling playoffs.

Until next time…

Donnie out!

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