Competitive Valorant action is finally back on the menu, with Red Bull Home Ground 2 taking place from November 4-7. The event pits 16 of Europe’s best against one another in a four-day event and is sure to provide us with some amazing games.
While the event isn’t part of the competitive circuit, there’s still a lot for each team to play for. The tournament boasts a prize pool of over $63,000, and there’s of course the honor of taking home the trophy of one of the biggest non-Riot events in Valorant.
Before we take a further look at the event, make sure to familiarize yourself with all things Valorant, and let’s dive right in.
Who’s Playing At Red Bull Home Ground 2?
We’ll see 16 of the best European teams at Red Bull Home Ground 2, including VCT Masters Berlin champion Gambit, top teams like Team Liquid, Acend, G2 and Fnatic, as well as some up-and-comers in BIG, Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas and many others.
Of these teams, 15 were directly invited to the event, while Ninjas in Pyjamas earned their spot through a short qualifier, making them one of the only teams to have played a competitive match recently.
It’s important to note that the event features a different format from usual Valorant tournaments. There is a “home ground” twist. This means that teams each pick a map as their “home ground” and this map will be played first in their series.
All matches are played in a best-of-five format, but if a team manages to win on both its home ground and its opponent’s, they win the best-of-five regardless of the score to that point.
Other than that, things are pretty standard. Teams are first split into four groups of four, with the top two from each group advancing to a single-elimination playoff, in which the last team standing wins the event.
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Will Gambit’s Long Break Affect Its Performance?
Current Valorant Champions Tour champion Gambit comes in as the strong favorite for the event, having convincingly won the game’s biggest event to date.
The team dominated VCT Berlin, losing just three maps throughout and claiming a convincing 3-0 win in the grand finals. As impressive as it was, that result was back in September, and the team hasn’t played any official matches since.
As such, there are a few question marks surrounding Gambit. They’re very likely to still be the best of the best, but it’s always difficult to tell how a team will perform after an extended break. All we can do is wait and see.
Liquid Looks To Finally Claim Europe’s Top Spot
Ever since the team’s formation, Liquid has aimed to be on top of the Valorant world. Unfortunately for them, this hasn’t really been the case, but they have often come close and have consistently sat in the top handful of teams in Europe.
Now, boasting a star-studded roster of ex-CS:GO stars Scream, Jampii and Nivera, combined with some Valorant young blood, the team looks primed to finally dominate.
They definitely have the players to do it and the team has been in solid form, recently winning the last-chance qualifier and securing their spot at the upcoming Valorant World Championship. If the team is to finally leave its mark on Valorant, then a strong performance here could be a much-needed first step.
Acend Aims To Get Back To Winning Ways
Acend is a team that has always been near the top of European Valorant, and even held the No. 1 spot for some time. They have had a slightly rough time lately, dropping matches against Vision Striker and 100 Thieves as they were eliminated from VCT Berlin in the playoffs.
Normally, reaching the playoffs would be a strong result, but for a team like Acend, the goal is always the trophy. They’ll no doubt be looking to bounce back here and anything other than a strong result may start to raise some question marks surrounding the future of the current lineup.