BLAST Announces Upcoming Valorant Ignition Tournament Series

by in Valorant | Sep, 8th 2020

The last we heard about BLAST, they were walking back their partnership with the Saudi Arabian city NEOM. However, we have some good news about the Danish organization, this time. There’s still no serious word on an esports scene for VALORANT yet, but this is perhaps the next best thing. We did recently discuss this very topic, so go check that out too. BLAST announced their upcoming Valorant Ignition Series, with a €50,000 purse on the line. 

Four Teams, One Winner

What makes this exciting for us, is four of the best orgs in the world are competing in this event. We have FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Team Liquid. This tournament will be a best-of-three until the finals, where we transition into a best-of-five.

Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product and Experience at BLAST Spoke about this in a press release:

“VALORANT has enjoyed record breaking success since its launch in June and has fast become a fan-favourite – we look forward to showing the community what BLAST can bring to the table with our industry leading production and popular fan-first approach. This tournament will be the final Ignition Series for European teams and will give viewers the platform to watch some of the world’s best VALORANT talent go head-to-head.”

BLAST has a long-standing tradition of success in esports, so hosting these awesome Valorant tournaments just seems like a no-brainer. Valorant is on such a high right now, thanks to it being a new offering in the FPS genre, and it also feels very similar to CSGO. But who is going to come out on top in this event?

G2 Esports have been dominating pretty much everything right now. They have stomped their way across the European Valorant Ignition Series. However, FunPlus Phoenix are really showing their strengths this year too. The upper bracket is going to be FunPlus Phoenix versus Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2 Esports versus Team Liquid. This writer bets on a G2/FP Grand Finals. 

But who will take it all? Despite this writer backing FunPlus Phoenix, you’ll be able to find out for yourself, on September 11th – 13th, exclusively on Twitch. According to Spike.GG, this is the last Valorant European Ignition Series. Who can say what’s coming after this though? Hopefully, we’ll see more Ignition Series for Valorant by BLAST, or perhaps a major announcement finally by Riot Games?

That’s what we’re hoping for, but we’ve been holding our breath too long now. There’s clearly a market for it, but we have no idea what Riot Games is waiting for. Perhaps they’re waiting until League Worlds is over, so they can make the announcement on the largest stage possible.


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