Arena of Valor (AoV) - Valor Series Weeks 1 and 2 Recap

A recap of what took place during the first two weeks of the $100,000 USD (total) Valor Series, Europe and North America's qualifying tournament for the Arena of Valor World Cup.

Valor Series Weeks 1 and 2 Recap

It’s time to recap the results of weeks 1 and 2 of the Valor Series, the qualifier league/tournament to the Arena of Valor World Cup for North America and Europe and a $100,000 USD tournament (both regions combined) in its own right.

Note: this article does not go into great depth for each match. It’s more of a crash course for those who want to catch up with what happened before week 3 begins.

Qualifier Tournament

Before the weekly tournaments began, qualifier tournaments were held to determine the initial eight participating teams from each region.

26 teams signed up and checked in for both qualifiers in North America, with Allegiance, Immortals, Team Upsla, Team Dino Riders, Team Feroxx, Team Atlas, Ten Toes Down, and Team One Trick earning the most points and qualifying for the week 1 tournament.

For Europe, 61 teams signed up and checked in for the first qualifier, with 48 teams checking in for the second qualifier. After all was said and done, SK Gaming, For The Dream, Team RoyaL, Team Kebab, Arctic Gaming, Nova Esports, Myth, and Team Vitality came out of the field to qualify for week 1.

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Week 1 Results

North America

Day 1 of week 1 of the North American Valor Series saw the following outcomes (match VODs can be found here):

Valor Series North America Week 1 Day 1
Team 1 Score Team 2
Allegiance 2 0 One Trick
Atlas 0 (DQ) 2 Dino Riders
Upsla 2 0 Feroxx
Immortals 2 0 (DQ) Ten Toes Down

As was the case in the qualifying tournaments, Allegiance and Immortals advanced to the finals on day 2, where Immortals prevailed (VOD):

Valor Series North America Week 1 Day 2
Team 1 Score Team 2
Allegiance 2 1 Dino Riders
Upsla 0 2 Immortals
Finals
Allegiance 0 2 Immortals

The bottom four teams fought to determine which two teams would remain, and which two teams would be relegated out of the top eight (VOD):

Valor Series North America Week 1 Relegation
Team 1 Score Team 2
One Trick 2 1 Atlas
Ten Toes Down 2 0 (DQ) Feroxx

Eight teams entered the open qualifier to determine who would replace Atlas and Feroxx. Feroxx fell in the first round to NonToxic eSports, who in turn lost to Glory Awaits Us. In the end, Dark Power won the qualifier to secure the 7th seed for week 2, with Glory Awaits Us finishing in 2nd and entering week 2 in the 8th seed.

Europe

Europe’s week 1 day 1 similarly went mostly according to seeding (VOD):

Valor Series Europe Week 1 Day 1
Team 1 Score Team 2
SK 2 1 Vitality
Nova 2 0 Kebab
RoyaL 2 0 Myth
Arctic Gaming 0 2 For The Dream

On day 2, the top two seeds advanced to the finals once more, with SK winning week 1 (VOD):

Valor Series Europe Week 1 Day 2
Team 1 Score Team 2
SK 2 1 Nova
RoyaL 1 2 For The Dream
Finals
SK 2 0 For The Dream

In the relegation matches, Vitality and Arctic stayed alive, while Kebab and Myth fell out (VOD):

Valor Series Europe Week 1 Relegation
Team 1 Score Team 2
Kebab 0 (DQ) 2 Vitality
Arctic 2 0 Myth

20 teams checked into the Europe open qualifier: Kebab fell in their first match to eventual finalist JungleBookSquad, while Myth fell just short of re-qualifying, losing to eventual champion x6tence AoV in the semifinals. x6tence entered week 2 in the 7th seed with JungleBookSquad in the 8th seed.

Standings After Week 1

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Immortals and SK Gaming led their respective regions with 150 points after week 1, a good start to their bids to be in the top four and advance to the Valor Series Playoffs. The rest of the teams received the following number of points for week 1:

5th/6th Place –  45 Points

7/8th Place – 30 Points

Point structure for Open Qualifiers

1st Place – Entry into Valor Series at 7th Seed

2nd Place – Entry into Valor Series at 8th Seed

3rd/4th Place – 10 Valor Series Points

5th-8th Place – 5 Valor Series Points

Week 2 Results

North America

Here are the week 2 day 1 outcomes for North America (VOD):

Valor Series North America Week 2 Day 1
Team 1 Score Team 2
Immortals 2 0 Glory Awaits Us
Ten Toes Down 0 2 Upsla
Dino Riders 2 0 One Trick
DarkPower 0 2 Allegiance

For the fourth straight tournament (including both initial qualifiers), Allegiance and Immortals met in the finals, where Allegiance got revenge for week 1 (VOD):

Valor Series North America Week 2 Day 2
Team 1 Score Team 2
Immortals 2 1 Upsla
Dino Riders 0 2 Allegiance
Finals
Immortals 0 2 Allegiance

In the relegation matches, qualifiers Glory Awaits Us and Dark Power proved they belong by defeating incumbents Ten Toes Down and One Trick (VOD):

Valor Series North America Week 2 Relegation
Team 1 Score Team 2
Glory Awaits Us 2 0 Ten Toes Down
DarkPower 2 0 One Trick

As of writing, only five teams are signed up for the open qualifiers on Tuesday, so recruit a team and give it a go if you’ve got what it takes!

Europe

Prior to week 2, SK Gaming became Team Noob. However, they were anything but noobs on day 1, advancing once more to day 2 (VOD):

Valor Series Europe Week 2 Day 1
Team 1 Score Team 2
Noob 2 0 JungleBookSquad
Arctic 0 2 Nova
RoyaL 0 2 Vitality
x6tence 0 2 For The Dream

Team Vitality advanced to the finals this time around, but fell once more to Team Noob (VOD):

Valor Series Europe Week 2 Day 2
Team 1 Score Team 2
Noob 2 1 Nova
Vitality 2 0 For The Dream
Finals
Noob 2 0 Vitality

As was the case in North America, newcomers JungleBookSquad and x6tence prevailed over Arctic and RoyaL, respectively, relegating them from the top eight (VOD).

Valor Series Europe Week 2 Relegation
Team 1 Score Team 2
JungleBookSquad 2 0 Arctic Gaming
RoyaL 0 2 x6tence

Like North America, only five teams are signed up for the Europe open qualifiers on Tuesday, so sign up your team today!

Standings After Week 2

Here’s how things have shaped up after two weeks of play:

Valor Series Standings After Week 2
North America
Team Points
 Allegiance 250
Immortals 250
Team Upsla 130
Dino Riders 130
Ten Toes Down 75
One Trick 75
DarkPower 45
Glory Awaits Us 45
Europe
Team Points
Team Noob 300
For The Dream 165
Team Vitality 145
Nova Esports 130
Team RoyaL 95
Arctic Gaming 75
x6tence AoV 45
JungleBookSquad 45

Enter Now! (Or tune in for the next broadcast)

Head to play.eslgaming.com/arenaofvalor and click on your region to sign your team up for the next open qualifiers. There are only four weeks left, so sign up this week if you want to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the regular season. Prizes are as follows:

1st – $20,000
2nd – $10,000
3rd – $7,500
4th – $5,000
5th – $3,000
6th – $2,000
7th – $1,500
8th – $1,000

So even if you don’t finish in the top four, your team could stick walk away with thousands of dollars. Winners of the weekly Valor Cup receive the 3rd seed in the open qualifier, so sign up for that as well if you wish to receive a favorable draw.

If you just want to watch the action (raises hand), each week’s day 1 begins with the Europe region quarterfinals at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Wednesday, while day 2 starts off with Europe relegation matches at 9:00 AM Pacific Time Saturday. Matches can be viewed at www.twitch.tv/arenaofvalor.

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