10:20 AM ETTyler ErzbergerESPN Esports CloseStaff writer for ESPN. com
Covered esports since 2011
Worked with biggest teams across titles like League of Legends and StarCraft IIFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintThe favorites took home the trophy, but it sure wasn't easy. T1's full star-studded lineup made its debut at this weekend's $200,000 Twitch Rivals VALORANT tournament and didn't disappoint, only dropping a single map en route to the first of what could be many more trophies in the franchise's future. While T1 was the lead story, they weren't the only ones, with a number of upsets in the group stages and relative unknowns grabbing the spotlight throughout. Here are five things we learned following the conclusion of North America's Twitch Rivals VALORANT tournament. T1 are aiming for far greater heights than Twitch RivalsWhen Braxton "Brax" Pierce's squad was announced for Twitch Rivals, consisting of the entirety of his T1 starting five, they instantly became heavy favorites to win it all.
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