Quarterfinals broadcast: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Finals broadcast: Saturday, July 17, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Welcome to the PAX "Almost Pro" 2021 VALORANT Open!
Metro Esports, partnered with PAX and powered by Logitech, will host a nationwide tour to create America’s first multicultural, mixed-gender pro VALORANT team called The Metro Squad. Metro will hold a series of national combines to identify and select diverse talent for this roster. PAX Arena partners with Metro Esports to produce a $10,000 VALORANT open tournament to commence the tour and open scouting opportunities for amateur competitors around the country. Metro’s team will be selecting individuals from PAX Online to receive a “Golden Ticket” invite to come to an in-person try out event in Philadelphia on August 21st.
There, individuals will cycle through a series of stations to test a combination of skills, abilities, and potential. A panel of professional judges from across the esports landscape will score each entry according to the following weighted criteria: Gaming Talent (20%); Competitive Potential (20%); Communication Skills (20%); Mental Toughness (20%); and Brand Ambassadorship (20%). Following that on September 3rd, twelve (12) finalists will be flown to PAX West in Seattle, where they will compete for the chance to win a spot on the Metro Squad. After a final round of competition, the team will officially be announced on stage at PAX West 2021. The Metro Squad Team will receive full professional contracts to train alongside Metro’s world-class partners, based at Metro’s esports facility in Philadelphia.
You can register for this tournament at Smash.gg and it is available for free to anyone age 15+ in North America. See official rules for more info: https://smash.gg/tournament/pax-almost-pro-2021-valorant-open/details