ESL announces $20k Valorant Rising Heroes tournament

More Oceanic Valorant events are coming in 2021 with ESL joining the party.

ESL Australia is getting in on the Valorant hype, putting together their first event alongside AOC with the Valorant Rising Heroes tournament. $20,000 is on the line for the region’s eight best teams.

ESL didn’t get in on the Valorant Ignition Series, First Strike, or Champions Tour action in Oceania. However, the respected tournament organiser is finally launching a top-tier Valorant event in the region.

Announced on March 9, the Valorant Rising Heroes event will see Oceanic Valorant’s top eight teams fight it out for $20,000.

The tournament will take place across April to June 2021, starting with three open qualifiers. 16 teams will make it through the qualifiers into a closed bracket, where the top four will qualify for the main Rising Heroes event.

They’ll be joined by four invited teams ⁠— Order, Mindfreak, Wildcard, and Dire Wolves, battling it out across two weekends in the playoffs, starting May 30.

“We want to develop our region, and hero some of the bright stars that are currently playing Valorant in ANZ,” ESL’s James Fletcher said.

“Valorant Rising Heroes gives us the platform to do that, with a hyper-competitive, 3-stage tournament, with a massive prize pool.”

AOC has been revealed as the presenting partner for the event, contributing a handful of monitors and peripherals into the prize pool on top of the $20,000 cash. $8,000 of that will be going to the winners.

‘’AOC is proud to partner with ESL, and look forward to a strong and enduring relationship in the year ahead,’’ AOC’s Jay Huang added.

“We are excited to continue actively supporting the development of esports at both domestic and international levels.’’


You can register for the Valorant Rising Heroes open qualifiers on their official website.

Andrew Amos
After joining Snowball in mid-2018, Andrew "Ducky" Amos has fast become one of our region's best esports writers. Cutting his teeth in Oceanic Overwatch, he now covers all kinds of esports for publications globally. However, his heart still lays at home, telling the story of Aussies trying to make it big.

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