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  New Pro VALORANT Invitational, Home Ground by Red Bull, Begins in January
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  • The best teams in European VALORANT, including G2, Team Liquid, Guild Esports, SUMN FC and more will compete in the finals of the new competition from 28-31 January on
  • The unique Home Ground by Red Bull format puts emphasis on map picks and bans, allowing for exciting upsets and unpredictable twists, whilst retaining the core VALORANT meta
  • Open qualifiers take place from January 23-24 where 64 teams will battle it out for a chance to compete with the stars at the prestigious finals 
  • Teams across Europe can sign up now to compete in open qualifiers at

London, January 20th, 2021: Home Ground by Red Bull, in Partnership with AOC, a new pro VALORANT competition will showcase the best teams in Europe as they battle in a unique format for supremacy and a £24,000 prize pool from 28-31 January, live on A star-studded international lineup of the best teams in VALORANT, G2, Team Liquid, Guild Esports, SUMN FC, Futbolist, Ninjas in Pyjamas and a special guest team are all directly invited to compete in Home Ground by Red Bull. The competition includes a twist to the normal VALORANT rules, adding a new layer of strategic importance and unpredictability to map picks. A Home Ground by Red Bull explainer video can be seen here. Opening the event to talented players across Europe, open qualifiers will take place from January 23-24, and sign-ups are live now at to source the final squad to complete the eight team lineup.
Unfolding across four days of the best competition in VALORANT, the Home Ground by Red Bull Finals will be brought to fans by a stellar roster of UK broadcast talent. Frankie Ward joins as host, with CS:GO veteran Lauren "Pansy" Scott, and Mike "hypoc" Robins providing expert analysis to viewers around the world. The on-stream team is completed by household names Mitch "MitchMan" Mcbride and James Banks offering play-by-play commentary, following some of the biggest storylines in VALORANT as they happen. The standout European team of 2020 having emerged victorious at every single Ignition Series event, G2 will look to reassert their dominance in the competition.
Looking ahead to the event G2 said "we have learned from our mistakes during First Strike and will return stronger than before at Home Ground by Red Bull to sweep our competition the way we did during all Ignition Series tournaments."
Home Ground by Red Bull is the first pro Red Bull event for VALORANT, and marks the further evolution of the brand’s global work with Riot Games. As well as the new competition for the groundbreaking FPS, Red Bull hosts a series of League of Legends events, including Red Bull Solo Q, the official global 1v1 League of Legends competition. Red Bull M.E.O., now in its third season, is a global mobile tournament, featuring Riot Games’ round-based strategy game Teamfight Tactics.

Home Ground by Red Bull will be broadcast from 11:30am (GMT)/12:30 (CET) each day from 28-31 January at

Home Ground by Red Bull will also be broadcast in additional languages, with details to be revealed soon.
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