Tournament host T1 swept through group play on Friday to reach the playoffs of the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown.
T1 finished 3-0 in Group C, sweeping second-place 100 Thieves (2-1) in a two-game match to end the night. Earlier, T1 posted a 2-0 rout of Team Ninja (0-3) and rallied for a 2-1 victory over Code7 (1-2).
With T1 and 100 Thieves both 2-0 and already assured of reaching the playoffs, T1 took the teams’ showdown 13-5, 13-4.
Sixteen teams — 11 invitees and five qualifiers — are competing in the $50,000 event. The squads were split into four groups for pool play on Friday, with all matches best-of-three. The top two teams in each group qualified for the playoffs.
The eight-team, double-elimination playoffs start Saturday, with winners-bracket matches best-of-three and losers-bracket matches best-of-one. The final on Sunday will be a best-of-five, but the team emerging from the winners bracket will start with a one-map advantage.
The championship team will receive $25,000, and the runner-up will get $15,000. The third- and fourth-place sides will each pocket $5,000.
Team SoloMid grabbed first place in Group B at 3-0, with Immortals finishing second at 2-1.
Sentinels topped Group D with a 3-0 mark, ahead of second-place Gen.G Esports (2-1).
The tightest group was Group A, where FaZe Clan (2-1) came in first place by a tiebreaker over together we are terrific (2-1).
The first-round playoff matchups on Saturday:
—Team SoloMid vs. together we are terrific
—FaZe Clan vs. 100 Thieves
—Sentinels vs. Immortals
—T1 vs. Gen.G Esports
T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown final group standings
1. FaZe Clan, 2-1
2. together we are terrific, 2-1
3. Cloud9, 1-2
4. Prospects, 1-2
1. Team SoloMid, 3-0
2. Immortals, 2-1
3. Spot Up, 1-3
4. Charlotte Phoenix, 0-3
1. T1, 3-0
2. 100 Thieves, 2-1
3. Code7, 1-2
4. Team Ninja, 0-3
1. Sentinels, 3-0
2. Gen.G Esports, 2-1
3. Mixup, 1-2
4. Echo 8, 0-3
—Field Level Media