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VALORANT is still in its closed beta phase in preparation for a summer official release, and as it seems the esports organizations are already lining up to become the game's first true dynasty. Gen.G Esports is a professional gaming organization based out of the United States and South Korea. Founded in 2017 as League of Legends team KSV E-Sports, the organization currently hosts teams in , Overwatch (including owning/managing the Overwatch League's Seoul Dynasty), PUBG, Fortnite and NBA 2K. On December 6th, 2019, they entered Counter-Strike: Global Offensivewith the acquisition of the core of Cloud9's roster. Many organizations have put together VALORANT teams which draw players from a variety of different esports. The Sentinel’s new VALORANT roster, for example, features top level players from Overwatch, CS:GO, and Apex legends. Gen.G, on the other hand, decided to go a different direction. They signed an all Canadian VALORANT team made up entirely of former CS:GO professional players.
Most of Gen.G’s new VALORANT lineup competed in CS:GO tournaments together under the name LiViD Gaming. They were best known for their second place finish at the DreamHack Canadian Championship in 2019 and their second place finish at the World Electronic Sports Games in 2019. Gen.G debuted the new line up at the T1 VALORANT Invitational tournament on Monday after they announced on Twitter that the organization was about to launch a team on Valorant.
T1 partnered with Nerd Street Gamers to host the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Invitational. The closed-beta tournament was sponsored by Mike and Ike and featured a prize pool of $25,000.
Eight teams competed in a double-elimination style bracketed tournament which culminated in Grand Finals between Gen.G and Team Brax. Gen.G bested Team Brax in a 2-1 Grand Final match to win the invitational. MSpaz took third place, and Shroud’s team took fourth.
Gen.G COO Andrew Leverette spoke to ESPN about their recruitment strategy in a news cycle that has been dominated by high-profile defections. "It was less important for us to go with widely known, big names from other games since we expect the meta in VALORANT to change more frequently than other current FPS games. We believe a dominant team could easily fall off with each meta shift if they are not prepared to put in the time and effort required to adapt," he said.
"Player adaptability and eagerness to learn were major factors in our search."
The complete list of participants of the T1 Invitational:
* Team brax - brax, AzK, Crashies, EliGE, Skadoodle
* Team Shroud - Shroud, n0thing, Hiko, just9n, Relkys
* Gen.G - Effys, MkaeL, Guimond, HUYNH, PLAYER 1
* MouseSpaz - Wardell, Subroza, reltuC, drone, hazed
* Sentinels - Sinatraa, ShahZaM, SicK, Zombs, Dizzy
* Team Sonii - Sonii, StrongLegs, Swisher, Anger, Thief
* Team Kurt - Kurt, kaboose, witmer, ultra, vow
* Prospects - Cp2, Church, JoshRT, BabyJ, winsum
With this victory in the T1 Valorant Invitational, Gen.G was able to take home the $20,000 and beat brax. Here are also the top four at the event:
1. Gen.G - $20,000
2. Team Brax - $5, 000
4. Team Shroud