This past weekend saw the first-ever events in the Valorant Ignition Series take place with two major events kicking off Riot Games sanctioned competition for Valorant.
Over in Japan, the RAGE x Valorant tournament gave Asian viewers a chance to watch some local action, but most of the world’s eyes were on the G2 Valorant Invitational, a €15,000 tournament featuring the biggest names in European Valorant.
The competition featured two groups of four teams, with the top team in each group advancing to the semi-finals, and the second and third place teams heading to the quarter-finals.
Teams were randomly drawn, with each of the eight-team captains being given four other players to join their teams. The teams would then have limited time to practise together before having to face off in the competition.
While this format did not make the some of the highest quality Valorant we have seen so far, it did make for an entertaining event, with the semi-final matchup between Team Taimou and Team Draken coming down to the final round of map three to decide a winner.
But the real star of the show was G2’s Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho, who ended up winning the tournament along with his team.
Signed as the first member of the G2 Valorant squad just days before the competition kicked off, this event was Mixwell’s chance to shine and he took that opportunity with both hands, putting in impressive performances and almost single-handedly winning the final map against Team Draken in the final.
Hilariously in the final Mixwell matched up against his boss, G2 founder and CEO Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, who was playing on Team Draken.
Despite having to literally take down his boss multiple times, Mixwell made the final look easy, and showed why he was the first name on G2’s list of players to sign.