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The UK is dominating the Valorant Scene

Publish Date: 26/07/2021
Fact checked by: James Leeland

It looks like the UK is the cream of the crop when it comes to Valorant in Europe. They represent the largest group of teams competing in official Riot Games organised esports events.

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Valorant in the UK

The teams for the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2021 Europe Stage 3 Challengers 2 have been confirmed by the tournament organisers and 30% of the players taking part in the event are from the UK. The next most represent countries are France with 20% of the players and Finland with 10%. Four of the teams taking part feature Valorant professionals from the UK. In fact, even one of the European teams, Alliance, has a British general manager.

James Banks, British esports host and commentator, joined the Swedish team back in December of last year when they were only just taking their first steps into the world of Valorant esports. He is emblematic of the United Kingdom’s embrace of this new esport. Besides coaching the team, James has hosted many esports events over the years. Recently he hosted the Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers.

The teams

The eight teams taking part in EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 include four teams from Challengers 1: Fnatic, Liquid, BDS and Rix.GG, and four teams who got their place through closed qualifiers, Tenstar, Giants, Vitality and Alliance.

Out of those eight teams, four of them contain talent from the UK. Fnatic and Team Liquid are international esports organisations that each boast a considerable wealth of UK talent. Fnatic has Jake "Boaster" Howlett, a former CS:GO pro, a former Fortnite player, James "Mistic" Orfila, and their coach Jacob "mini" Harris. Team Liquid has the young pro Dom "soulcas" Sulcas, James "Kryptix" Affleck, Travis "L1NK" Mendoza, and their coach Connor "Sliggy" Blomfield.

There are two UK based esports organisations, Rix.GG and Tenstar. For these teams it would almost be easier to list the players who don’t come from the UK. Both of these organisations have drawn from their local talent pools. In fact, most of the players only began their esports careers in late 2020. It looks like they found an opportunity to get into the esports scene with the launch of Riot Games new title.

The event

The Valorant Champions Tour 2021 Europe Stage 3 Challengers 2 is an A Tier event hosted by Riot Games and Freaks 4U Gaming. If you are interested in checking it out, it is running from the 28th of July until the 1st of August. It is shaping up to be an amazing event and with the big changes made to Valorant it will be interesting to see how the teams match up.

VALORANT patch 3.0 was maybe one of the most important patches in the game’s short history. Almost every agent in the game received major updates and changes, especially to the cost of their weapons and their running accuracy. This new update could certainly affect the esports betting odds when the teams compete. Keep Strafe open on your PC for all the updates and new info that you need.

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