VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC is the largest VALORANT esports tournament that the ANZ scene has seen yet with $24,000aud on the line in cash and prizes. It will see open qualifiers, a 16-team tournament, and a group stage live from ESL's brand new studios in Sydney.

James Fletcher, Product Manager at ESL commented:

Working together with AOC, we're looking forward to bringing a VALORANT tournament of this scale to the region. We want to develop our region, and hero some of the bright stars that are currently playing VALORANT in ANZ - VALORANT Rising Heroes presented by AOC gives us the platform to do that, with a hyper-competitive, 3-stage tournament, with a massive prize pool.

Jay Huang, Sales Manager at AOC Australia also had this to say:

AOC is proud to partner with ESL, and look forward to a strong and enduring relationship in the year ahead. Over the years, AOC has developed a range of premium gaming products and was the No. 1 top-selling gaming monitor brand in 2020. We are excited to continue actively supporting the development of Esports at both domestic and international levels.

Qualfiiers, Invites, and Dates

There will be three open qualifiers across March 27, April 10, and April 17, with all Australian & New Zealand amateur VALORANT teams encouraged to compete. Registrations for the tournament can be found at the official tournament website, at https://au.aoc.com/tournament.

Following the qualifiers, a 16-team swiss bracket will be held across May 8-9 & 29, where the top four teams from each qualifier will join four of ANZ's top VALORANT teams that have been invited to compete in the league - ORDER, Mindfreak, Wildcard, and Dire Wolves.

Following the group stage, playoffs will take place across May 30 & June 5-6, with finals on June 5-6 broadcast from the new ESL Studios in Sydney, on twitch.tv/esl_australia, where the champion of the VALORANT Rising Heroes ANZ presented by AOC will be crowned.

Prize Pool

The prize pool is as follows for each of the top eight teams:

  • First (1st): $8000AUD, 5 x AOC AG273FZE Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Large Wolfie Plushie
  • Second (2nd): $4000AUD, 5 x AOC C24G2 Gaming Monitor, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone
  • Third (3rd): : $3000AUD, 5 x AOC G500 Gaming Keyboard & Mice, 5 x HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset + SoloCast Microphone, AOC Goodie bags
  • Fourth (4th): $2000AUD, AOC Goodie Bags
  • Fifth (5th) & Sixth (6th): $1000AUD, AOC Goodie Bags
  • Seventh (7th) & Eighth (8h): $500AUD, AOC Goodie Bags

How to Watch

Tune in to the ESL Australia twitch channel at twitch.tv/esl_australia to see all of the games played live and the best ANZ VALORANT teams go head-to-head.