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Teamfight Tactics’ sixth expansion, Gizmos & Gadgets, has been a massive success so far. And, its new duos game mode, Double Up, is one of the reasons why. To celebrate and capitalize on the new mode, Riot Games is holding its first international Double Up event in January called Hextech Havoc. Each region will be sending its best duo to fight in a 16 team event with a $10,000 prize pool.
Twelve main regional servers across the world will be taking their top-ranked Double Up player and sending them to this event. The No. 1 ranked player of those regions on the Double Up ladder will be allowed to select one partner in their region to round out the two-person team. The cut-off is on Jan. 4, so the top player at that time on each ladder will be invited to the Hextech Havoc event.
But, that only makes 12 teams. The four other teams will be decided from qualifier Double Up tournaments. Two of the qualifying tournaments include the EU-based Double Trouble tournament taking place on Dec. 19, live at GamerGy 2021 in Madrid. The other announced Double Up tournament is NA’s Lab Partners event. This event will be taking place from Dec 11-12. Both of these events are invitational tournaments with the players and teams already decided. However, there is no word on whether these tournaments will qualify multiple teams to the Hextech Havoc event.
For the Hextech Havoc tournament, the format has also been revealed. Day 1 of the event, Jan. 15, will be the group stage. The 16 teams will play in three games with lobbies switching up between them. The eight teams with the lowest point totals will be eliminated. The rest of the teams will have their points reset and play another three games. Finally, the top four teams in the second phase will move onto the finals on Jan. 16.
The four remaining teams will play five games with the team, and the one with the most points will be declared the winner. Finally, the tournament will be streamed on the Teamfight Tactics Twitch channel starting at 9 a.m. ET each day.
ASU alum with a B.A in Sports Journalism, Warren is one of the premier TFT Journalists in the scene and is a decent TFT player as well who has peaked Challenger and has had multiple accounts in Master+ over all sets. Warren also specializes in other esports content including League of Legends, Valorant, Smash Bros, and more.