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· The final eight teams who will battle in the VALORANT invitational are locked as FrenzyGoKill secures a spot through open qualifiers, alongside special guest invited squad Monkey Business with a newly revealed roster.

· NiP will face Futbolist and G2 will take on FrenzyGoKill in day one match ups as the competition kicks off on January 28th on twitch.tv/redbull from 11:30am (GMT)

· The unique Home Ground by Red Bull format puts emphasis on map picks and bans, allowing for exciting upsets and unpredictable twists, whilst retaining the core VALORANT meta

Home Ground by Red Bull, in Partnership with AOC, a new VALORANT competition kicks off on Thursday, and will see Europe’s fiercest teams go head-to-head across four days, competing for £24,000, and to be crowned the inaugural Home Ground by Red Bull Champions. G2, Team Liquid, Guild Esports, SUMN FC, Futbolist, Ninjas in Pyjamas, FrenzyGoKill, and Monkey Business, will battle in a unique format where early map dominance is the key to success. Monkey Business and their newly revealed roster have been announced as the special guest invited team, and FrenzyGoKill secured the final spot in open qualifiers that took place last week.

Home Ground by Red Bull is the brand’s first pro VALORANT event, following the recent reveal of Red Bull Campus Clutch, a global VALORANT university competition which will see teams from more than 50 countries compete, marking the further evolution of the brand’s global work with Riot Games.

Ahead of Home Ground by Red Bull, special guest invited team Monkey Business has revealed their new VALORANT roster:

  • Dylan “aKm” Bignet
  • Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson
  • Kevin “TviQ” Lindström
  • Theo “OniBy” Tarlier
  • Dragan “Elllement” Milanović
  • Coach: Julien “daemoN” Ducros

Looking forward to the competition, the team said “Monkey Business got together quite a bit later than the other teams, we’ve been busy stacking bananas ahead of this important day. We’re looking forward to creating havoc among the top teams and producing great moments for the Valorant community. Please cheer for our monkeys during their first competitive appearance!.”

Schedule (beginning at 11:30 GMT/12:30 CET each day):

  • January 28th – Quarterfinal 1
  1. A) NiP vs Futbolist
  2. B) G2 vs FrenzyGoKill
  • January 29th: Quarterfinal 2
  1. C) Team Liquid vs Guild Esports
  2. D) SUMN FC vs Special Guest
  • January 30th: Semifinal  
  1. E) Winner of A vs Winner of B
  2. F) Winner of C vs Winner of D
  • January 31st: Final
  1. G) Winner of E vs Winner of F

 

Format: 

  • The eight Home Ground by Red Bull teams will battle across a best-of-five, single-elimination bracket. Adding an additional layer of strategic depth to map picks, teams will select their strongest map as their “home ground” ahead of each match.
  • Home Grounds get played first. If one team wins on both Home Grounds, they instantly win the 2-0 victory, and progress to the next round, meaning reverse sweeps are off the table and early game pressure is high.
  • If both teams dominate their home grounds, the entire best-of-five is played to determine the winner.
  • An explainer video can be seen here.

 

Broadcast talent:

  • Host: Frankie Ward
  • Casters:
    1. Lauren “Pansy” Scott
    2. Mike “hypoc” Robins
    3. Mitch “MitchMan” Mcbride
    4. James Banks

 

Streams: 

  • Home Ground by Red Bull will be broadcast in a series of languages for fans around the world:
  • English – tv/redbull
  • French – tv/redbullfr
  • Turkish – tv/redbulltr
  • French – tv/1pvalorant
  • German – tv/agentsrange
  • Spanish – tv/Giants