100 Thieves are your Valorant First Strike North America champions after beating TSM 3-1 in the Grand Final and scoring a sweet $40,000. Here’s how the event’s action unfolded.
- 100 Thieves 3-1 TSM — 100T lost Ascent, but were dominant on Haven to close
- 100 Thieves demolish T1 & Sentinels en route to Grand Final
- Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin incredible Grand Final performance tipped the scales in 100T’s favor
Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements
Below is the prize money distribution for First Strike NA. $100,000 was split between the top eight teams. While the top four were largely expected, 100 Thieves weren’t the favorites to take the lion’s share considering their path to glory meant beating T1 and Sentinels.
Valorant First Strike NA: Results & recap
Day 1 — Thursday, December 3
|Quarter-finals||Envy 2-0 Immortals||12PM||3PM||8PM||9PM|
|Renegades 0-2 TSM||3PM||6PM||11PM||12AM|
Envy & TSM stride into semis
Victor ‘Food’ Wong’s Reyna and Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald’s Raze proved too hot to handle for Immortals on their surprise pick of Icebox. Ascent was a tighter affair, but Envy secured the series 13-5 (Icebox), 13-11 (Ascent).
TSM stormed through Renegades in convincing fashion. Both Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu and Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson ran rampant as they booked their place in the semi-final with a 13-1 (Ascent), 13-5 (Bind) win.
Day 2 — Friday, December 4
|Quarter-finals||Sentinels 2-0 FaZe||12PM||3PM||8PM||9PM|
|100 Thieves 2-0 T1||3PM||6PM||11PM||12AM|
Sentinels & 100 Thieves advance convincingly
Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s Sentinels beat up on fellow former Overwatch pros Shane ‘Rawkus‘ Flaherty and Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty of FaZe Clan to breeze through the quarters 2-0.
To finish Day 2, 100 Thieves put on a show against T1 — who put up a fight, but weren’t able to overcome Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and gang.
Day 3 — Saturday, December 5
|Semi-finals||Envy 0-2 TSM||12PM||3PM||8PM||9PM|
|Sentinels 1-2 100 Thieves||3PM||6PM||11PM||12AM|
100 Thieves set to play TSM in final
TSM and 100 Thieves are your Valorant First Strike NA Grand Finalists after two intense semi-finals. TSM swept aside Envy in a convincing 2-0 to kick off the day.
100 Thieves, however, 2-1. The veterans pulled through, with numerous clutches from Josh ‘Steel’ Nissan and Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella giving them the edge.
Day 4 — Sunday, December 6
|Grand Final||TSM 1-3 100 Thieves||12PM||3PM||8PM||9PM|
100 Thieves win first major title
The underdogs have reigned supreme. The veterans set the tone on the opening map of Split, edging past TSM 15-13 in overtime.
Despite Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson’s best efforts for TSM, Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin’s series K/D/A of 73/53/28 led the Thieves to a 3-1 win.
Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players
Despite our predictions landing 100 Thieves in fourth place and TSM in third, both teams proved that they had the mettle to stand up against the behemoths of Team Envy and Sentinels and emerge victorious. Below are the teams that took part in First Strike NA
|Team Envy||food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose|
|100 Thieves||Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey|
|Sentinels||ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr|
|Renegades||retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy|
|TSM||reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone|
|FaZe Clan||corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus|
|T1||brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder|
|Immortals||Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP|