Arena of Valor (AoV) - Esports Roundup (Valor Series, GCS, RPL, Asian Games)

After a slight lull following the conclusion of the AWC, Arena of Valor esports is back, with multiple six-figure prize pool tournaments popping up all over the world. We catch you up on each region's big events and show you where you can watch them.


With the Arena of Valor World Cup (AWC) firmly in the rear-view mirror, the various regional competitions that dotted the Arena of Valor esports landscape in early 2018 are getting into the swing once more. The Valor Series in the west, Garena Challenger Series (GCS) in Taiwan, RoV Pro League (RPL) in Thailand, and Arena of Glory in Vietnam are starting new seasons, while the Asian Games just completed this past weekend. In addition, the Valor Cup of the Malaysia/Singapore/Philippines server is upcoming, not to mention the PVP Esports Championship, with a whopping prize pool of roughly $300,000.

Asian Games

Arena of Valor was one of the featured esports at the 2018 Asian Games, a “continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia…recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.”

Chinese Taipei, China, and Hong Kong qualified for the tournament from East Asia, India qualified from South Asia, and Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos qualified from Southeast Asia. The results of the tournament were as follows:

Asian Games Arena of Valor Results
1st China
2nd Chinese Taipei
3rd Vietnam
4th Hong Kong
5th-6th Laos
7th-8th India

The Arena of Valor competition was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Valor Series Season 2

The Valor Series re-upped for a second season, adding the Latin America region to the North America and Europe regions and raising the prize pool to $65,000 per region. The rules were slightly altered, with only six teams qualifying for the regular season from each region, and no ability for new qualifiers to enter the field once the season starts. Also, instead of weekly single-elimination tournaments, the qualified teams play in a double round robin format – like it’s done in most other existing Arena of Valor leagues. What’s different from other leagues is that matches will be best-of-2.

The top four teams at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs, with the winner receiving $20,000 and a trip to the Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC). The qualifiers are already underway, with the regular season starting September 8. You can catch the action on Arena of Valor’s official Facebook page.

Garena Challenger Series (GCS)

Taiwan’s popular GCS league started its third season on August 18, and will continue with group stages until October 21, by which point they will have completed a double round robin. The participating teams in the $104,000 tournament are ahq e-Sports Club, MAD Team, Hong Kong Attitude, J Team, Monster Shield, Flash Wolves, Still Moving Under Gunfire (SMG), and ONE Team. SMG won GCS season 1, J Team won season 2, and ahq’s roster is comprised of the full AWC champion Korea team.

The top four teams enter a ladder-bracket playoffs – 1st seed gets two byes, 2nd seed gets one bye – with the winner receiving $66,000. Samurai Gamers has yet to confirm if the winner also qualifies for the AIC. You can watch the GCS on Garena Taiwan’s YouTube channel.

RoV Pro League (RPL)

Thailand’s RoV Pro League (RPL – the RoV stands for “Realm of Valor,” which is what Arena of Valor was initially called) started its second season on August 20, and will continue through October 10. The $181,000 tournament features participants Bazaar Gaming, Rex Regum Qeon Black Forest, EVOS Debut, ALPHA Red, Toyota Diamond Cobra, Buriram Arctic Wolf, Sponsor.Neolution Coolkidz, and AWC finalists IT.City Bacon.

The RPL also uses a double round robin format for its group stage, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. The matches are broadcast on Garena Thailand’s YouTube channel.

Arena of Glory

The third season of Vietnam’s $77,000 Arena of Glory tournament starts group stages September 1, continuing for seven weeks in a – you guessed it – double round robin format. The participating teams are Adonis Esports, Box Gaming, Team Flash, 659, OverClockers, Team Thai Nguyen, AA, and AWC qualifiers Saigon Phantom. The top four teams get seeded into a ladder-bracket playoffs identical to the GCS playoffs.

You can catch Arena of Glory matches on Garena Vietnam’s YouTube channel.

Upcoming Tournaments

The Valor Cup, Malaysia/Singapore/Philippines (MSP) region’s biggest tournament and qualifier for the AIC, starts its third season in September, with national qualifiers held on separate dates. While the overall winner will go to the AIC, each country’s top team will head to the PVP Esports Championship, a $300,000 tournament that will also feature a team from India and a team from Thailand. The PVP Esports Championship will be held from October 5-7 at the Suntech Convention Center in Singapore.

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