killax: We are where we deserve to be, at the top!

The VALORANT championship in A1 Adria League is completed, and after two weekends of great games, we have gotten our first champion in this game. Balkan Stars managed to defeat everyone and win the title. We talked with the captain of the team killax about their experience, the championship, as well as their plans for the future.

How does it feel to be the first winner of VALORANT in the A1 Adria League?

Firstly, I would like to thank the whole Adria team for the chance to compete. Regarding how we felt at the beginning of the competition, we were pretty euphoric, but right now we feel like we are where we deserve to be, at the top. We plan to stay there.

You justified the role of favorites. What do you think about the competition, and who would you single out as the toughest opponent and why?

That’s right, we even fulfilled our own expectations. The competition was solid, and we would like to single out team Minima who showed us for the second time that we shouldn’t underestimate them and that they are worthy opponents. They were the toughest opponents, and the reason is exactly the resistance that they put playing against us.

You didn’t lose a single match in the playoffs. What influenced such good performance of the team?

I want to thank the whole team. Everyone remained calm and kept a good mentality throughout the whole tournament. My teammates and I worked really hard to get to this point, and I’m glad we played the way we did. I would also like to thank everyone who showed their support. All the time we spent practicing really paid off.

This year we have had a change in the format, some games are only played for two weekends in a row. VALORANT fits this category as well. What do you think about this way of competing? 

We think that this format is good. Maybe it would be better for next time to separate quarterfinals from semifinals and finals. Because playing the quarterfinals on the same day can affect the players and their performance.

Instead of the standard four games in A1AL, this season we have seven. What do you think about these changes in the league?

We are happy that VALORANT finally got the attention, and we are glad to have had the chance to be a part of this league. We also hope that in the future seasons we will be there as well.

What are your plans now, considering VALORANT competitions?

Our plans at the moment are to be on the top in VALORANT East United, the competition which hosts more than 15 neighboring countries, and the competition looks interesting and very challenging. I would also like to take this chance and mention that we are looking for an organization that would help us improve and do great things together. So if some organization is reading this, and believes in our potential – we are waiting for you.

First VALORANT championship in A1AL goes to Balkan Stars!

The first VALORANT tournament in our A1 Adria League is successfully finished. We have enjoyed two weekends of Riot’s FPS, and seen some great teams compete for the title. In the end, it was the regional favorites who won it all. Balkan Stars are the first A1AL VALORANT champions.

Balkan Stars dominated the playoffs

We have seen a lot of great matches today. Seeing that all of them were Bo3, the fights were intense. Minima took down in the first round a familiar name in the region. Zero Tenacity fell down to them after all three maps. On the other side of the bracket, it was Diamant Esports who was dominant. They went on to secure the finals without a loss.

In the first semifinals, we have seen Diamant Esports defeat SHEEESHSQUAD with a clean 2:0 victory. They were dominating their opponents in both games. As expected they showed great skill and deserved to be the first to secure today’s spot in the finals. The other semifinal was an intense one. Even though Balkan Stars won with 2:0 the fight was closer than it looked. Both matches ended up with a 13:11 score. Minima didn’t give up at any point in the game but in the end, they failed to make it to the finals. They were really good in the second game of the semifinals and had a lead over their opponents, but Balkan Stars after changing sides managed to come back and secure the finals.

Balkan Stars gave it all against their opponents Diamant Esports in the grand final. They took the first game on Fracture and showed some amazing gameplay. The second match was a really intense one. Balkan Stars started well on Breeze, but somewhere in the middle of the match, Diamant managed to even out the score to 8:8. After that Balkan Stars picked up their game and went on to win the remaining 5 rounds, ending the second match with a 13:8 score.

Balkan Stars win the first VALORANT championship in A1 Adria League with a 2:0 victory and take home the 700€ prize. Congratulations!

Eight teams easily secure a spot in the VALORANT playoffs!

The only qualifier for our new game VALORANT is completed. This is is the first season in A1 Adria League that we are hosting a competition for the new Riot’s FPS. We have seen some familiar names and some new ones, which is normal seeing that the game still has a long way to go in gathering bigger regional followers.

Top 8 advance to the playoffs

Today we have had a fight between many teams, and eight of the best qualified for the next stage of VALORANT. The first round of the competition was the best-of-three series. The other rounds were played for seed, considering we have gotten the eight qualified teams already after the first round.

A familiar team in the VALORANT competition of our A1AL were Balkan Stars, who are already a dynamic and synergic team. For some time now the Macedonian squad has been competing in tournaments for this game, and we have high expectations they will do great in the playoffs.

We have also seen teams such as Diamant Esports and Zero Tenacity A who have already made a name for themselves in some other games such as League of Legends. Their new composed VALORANT rosters took their chances today and Diamant Esports managed to qualify, while Zero Tenacity A was eliminated. The winning game for Diamant we have followed on stream and it was an easy stomp against team Kajmak.

Besides Balkan Stars and Diamant Esports, the other 6 qualified teams are:

  • AngryTeam
  • Why No Eco
  • AIF
  • Minima
  • Lost Soul
  • SHEEESHSQUAD

The VALORANT playoffs will be held next week, May 30th, where the bracket will be single elimination and the winner will earn a 700€ prize, while the second-best team will be awarded 300€. Prepare well because all the games will be Bo3! See you next week!

Sign up for the VALORANT qualifiers!

It’s your time to shine VALORANT players! Gather your teammates and join the battle for the prestigious trophy and 1000€ prize pool. This is your opportunity to show your skill and the strength of the regional VALORANT scene.

Everything you need to know about VALORANT qualifiers

One of the most requested titles finally joined the A1 Adria League. Inspired by the Counter-Strike series of tactical shooters, VALORANT takes 5v5 action to another level. On the first day of the beta, VALORANT amassed the second most concurrent viewers for any game ever on Twitch, with 1.73 million viewers tuning in across dozens of streams. Since its release, it developed into a full-scale esports ecosystem with millions of players and fans worldwide.

 

In Season 9 of the League VALORANT will be played in two phases. The first phase will be an open qualifier played in a single-elimination format. Most of the matches will be Best-of-1. Deciding matches for the top 8 will be the Best-of-3 series. This way we’ll get the best teams that will compete in the playoffs. Similar to League of Legends, the first Saturday is reserved for the qualifiers, while the second one, a week later, is for playoffs. The playoffs format is a bit different. It’s an 8 team double-elimination with semifinals and grand finals being Best-of-3 series. Plenty of VALORANT action is coming your way. Make sure to follow all the news on our official website and social networks so as not to miss a thing!

  • STAGE
  • A1 Adria League Season 9 – VALORANT – Qualifier

Make sure to check the rule book for all the detailed information and rules. You can find it on the LINK.

*This competition is not affiliated with or sponsored by Riot Games, Inc. or VALORANT Esports.

VALORANT and PUBG – two new titles in A1 Adria League!

We promised more games than ever in the ninth season of the A1 Adria League! VALORANT and PUBG: Battlegrounds complete the list of seven games in which players all across the region will be able to compete and showcase their skills.

VALORANT – Riot Games’ tactical FPS

Inspired by the Counter-Strike series of tactical shooters, VALORANT takes 5v5 action to another level. On the first day of the beta, VALORANT amassed the second most concurrent viewers for any game ever on Twitch, with 1.73 million viewers tuning in across dozens of streams. Since its release, it developed into a full-scale esports ecosystem with millions of players and fans worldwide. What makes it different from CS:GO are mostly Agents and their abilities which bring more strategy and depth to the game. As previously mentioned, it’s completely free-to-play. If you haven’t tried it already, we strongly suggest you do so!

PUBG: Battlegrounds

Previously known as PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, or simply PUBG is a free-to-play multiplayer battle royale game. It was initially released in 2017. Since then it made a huge impact on the gaming industry as well as esports. It’s available for multiple platforms. In the first three days of its Windows release, PUBG made 11 million dollars! More than five million copies were sold in just the first three months of early access. It won Best Multiplayer Game awards on both Golden Joystick Awards and The Game Awards back in 2017. What appeals to the players and fans the most, besides the action, is a simple goal. Be the last survivor in the match! Soon we will find out who will remain the last in the Adriatic region. Following the rules of the biggest and most competitive PUBG tournaments, in the A1 Adria League, Season 9 players will compete in the first-person mode (FPP) on PC.

 

VALORANT and PUBG for the first time in the League

Two new games will be a part of the A1 Adria League Season 9 alongside CS:GO, Brawl Stars, FIFA22, League of Legends, and Clash Royale. We decided to give the opportunity to more players and communities to participate and compete in the League. Both games are popular esports titles with a plethora of regional players. Domagoj “Doma” Fancev and Dragan “element” Milanović already made an impact on the global VALORANT scene. Regional PUBG teams and players are not far behind.

Now there will be even more opportunities for all the VALORANT and PUBG players from the Adriatic region to compete! Both games will be played over the course of two consecutive Saturdays. The first Saturday will be reserved for the qualifiers and the next one for the playoffs. The detailed format will be published in time. For now, here are the dates for VALORANT and PUBG.

VALORANT
Qualifiers – 23rd, April 2022
Playoffs – 30th, April 2022

PUBG
Qualifiers – 21st, May 2022
Playoffs – 28th, May 2022

Both games will feature a prize pool of 1000€!

Make sure to follow A1 Adria League on the official website and on social networks so you don’t miss out on the important news!