TSM Win the FaZe Clan Valorant Invitational
The latest Valorant esports event, the FaZe Clan Invitational is over, and we have a clear winner: TSM! After defeating the Sentinels in Grand Finals, we can confirm there was truly phenomenal action in the event. TSM hit a brilliant come-back win in the Best of 5. Not to mention, it went into overtime, and that almost always gets the blood pumping.
FaZe Clan has been in the Valorant news lately with their latest recruits, but we’re here to talk about TSM! What is perhaps the most interesting about this Valorant esports scene is the fact that there is no esports league announced. Despite that, teams are scooping up talent like nobodies business.
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TSM had a one-point advantage on the way into the final round in the FaZe Clan Invitational. If you would have asked us, it still looked like a Sentinels win. They were strong on Point A and took down Subroza and Drone in the process. But then ShahZaM was dropped, and then Zombs and Dapr would follow. TSM’s Wardell was not going to be stopped!
Wardell was the MVP, bringing some eye-popping sniping skills. All it took from this point was to drop SicK like a bad habit, bringing TSM a win. That means a $25,000 purse was theirs, and even more. If you think about it, they are now the “team to beat.” Coming out on top, especially coming from behind, you could tell a pretty great story there. But how was it received?
Rod Breslau on Twitter reported that there were 175,000 combined viewers. That is a titanic number of people watching an esport that is technically still very new. It doesn’t really have an esports scene yet, but teams are competing for big money, as this event is right here. One hundred seventy-five thousand viewers mean it was a success by all metrics, but it could do better. We’re sure that it will do better. This is likely the most successful Valorant tournament to date, on top of that.
Everyone loves an underdog, and that’s how TSM felt in this final series of matches. Most people know TSM for League of Legends, but to see them so successful here in a new game like Valorant will bring them a boost in name-value; that cash prize didn’t hurt either. The FaZe Clan Invitational is not the last Valorant action we can expect this year either.
There’s also the Pittsburgh Knights Gauntlet Series on Aug. 13. The Allied Esports Odyssey also begins today, so it’s not the end of intense Valorant action. We can only hope that Riot Games gives some news about what we can expect for competitive FPS action soon.
Are there any squads or teams that are standing out for you right now? Does Valorant have a future in esports? We sure think so! It brings something interesting and different to the FPS scene. While we’re hyped for more Valorant, we’d love to know what you think! Are you excited for more? Feel free to let us know what you think here or on social media!