The Red Bull Home Ground returns with its second event, effectively turning the brand into a tournament series. This one is being held with a considerably more fleshed out competitive scene for Valorant.
Red Bull has become one of the biggest sponsors of esports alongside sponsoring a lot of extreme sports. They even have a purpose build Red Bull gaming arena. While that is partially the inspiration behind their latest Valorant event, a whole new mechanic is going to be at play. The Red Bull Home Ground 2 tournament is a Valorant event that brings a mechanic into play giving teams a map to call their home ground. Along with an alternative route to winning a set from just winning these home ground maps.
This is how the tournament is going to work and which teams are playing.
Red Bull Home Ground 2
The Red Bull Home Ground 2 tournament is going to be held over November, running from 4th through to the 7th, featuring a prize pool of €54,000. The tournament is going to be running as a simple single elimination bracket, with matches being best of five. The ‘Home Ground’ element comes into play in every game though.
Each team picks a ‘home ground’ map. This should be their strongest map. If a single team manages to win both home grounds, they win the best of 5 automatically. This raises an interesting bit of strategy. If a team can win the strongest map for an enemy, they might be able to skip the rest of their rounds.
Which Teams are Playing
The event is going to be held at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London. This year the amount of team’s have expanded. The event will now feature these teams:
- G2 Esports
- Team Liquid
- Vodafone Giants
- BIG Clan
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
These teams gave been chosen from some previous rounds, with Ninjas in Pyjamas winning the open Qualifier to gain their spot.
Anubis’ qualification is worth looking at too. They qualified for this event after winning the Red Bull Campus Clutch. This will be their first major event. As the winners of a university-based tournament, this team are a clear underdog in the beginning. However, they might have what it takes to compete with the pro teams.
Another team to watch out for are going to be G2. They’ve been pretty strong in their recent appearances, they’re probably the most successful European team to hit the game so far. Gambit Esports however did manage to beat them out at the VCT Berlin Masters. It will be interesting to see what happens when these two teams meet again at the Red bull Home Ground 2 tournament.
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Red Bull Hone Ground 2 Streamers Event
Prior to the launch of the Red Bull Home Ground 2 tournament, organizers are hosting an event in the same format for influencers. This smaller tournament is going to pit UK vs EU. Viewers should be able to get used to the Home Ground mechanic. This event was held quite a bit before the actual Red Bull Home Ground 2. It took place October 25th, streaming on Twitch.
The Home Ground mechanic definitely adds something unique to Valorant. With its separate rules, this is more of an alternative tournament for Valorant. However, seeing some of the top teams come up against each other is always going to be entertaining, and these match ups can help you figure out who to go for in Valorant betting at more mainstream tournaments.