VCT: EMEA Standings ahead of Last Chance Qualifiers
With VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Masters 3 Berlin in the books, the race to the end of the year has heated up. With three direct tickets to VALORANT Champions, the global finals for the competitive VALORANT, the EMEA region sits on top of the world.
After Gambit Esports’ victory in Berlin, this filtered up two teams from the region to earn direct tickets from their past Challengers and Masters performances. Both Ascend and Fnatic have secured enough VALORANT circuit points to book their trip to VALORANT Champions. However, a myriad of teams will have to play through the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier.
While dominant in the early stages of European VALORANT, G2 Esports will be competing for the last remaining spot in VALORANT Champions. Racking up 325 circuit points through their Masters 3 run, G2 Esports not only sit right on the bubble but also come into the EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers in top form.
After their appearance in VCT Masters 2 Reykjavík, Team Liquid has been fairly absent from regional showings. While they scored points from VCT Challengers 3, Team Liquid had a difficult time advancing through the bracket, losing to Natus Vincere early on and then dropping their losers’ bracket set to Gambit Esports. As one of the biggest esports franchises in the world, Team Liquid are looking to keep their VALORANT season alive.
While a fairly green organisation to the EMEA VALORANT scene, Turkey’s SuperMassive Blaze made a big splash at Masters 3. After advancing from the winners’ side of the bracket in VCT EMEA Stage 3 Challengers, SuperMassive Blaze lost to Gambit Esports in the grand final. And while in Berlin, SuperMassive Blaze put up strong performances against Acend but would not advance from the group stages.
Oxygen Esports has been a consistent staple within the EMEA VALORANT scene nearly since the start at EU Masters. Cobbling together circuit points from events like Turkey Stage 1 Masters, the Challengers Finals 2, as well as the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs.
Turkish esports organisation Futbolist had a strong outing during the Turkey Stage 1 Masters, winning the event without dropping a map. However, since then they have not captured the same level of glory outside of a respectable showing at the Challengers Finals 2. Can such a promising team make a Cinderella run and capture the final Champions ticket?
Swedish team, Guild Esports, broke onto the scene early and has been a consistent threat throughout the EMEA region. With promising showings at EU Masters 1, beating Alliance as well as Dfuse Team. They also managed respectable finishes at the Challengers Finals 2 as well as the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs. Guild Esports looks to recapture their former glory and show the world that they deserve a spot in VALORANT Champions.
The final team playing to keep their season alive is forZe. While forZe has been a team on the bubble in EMEA, they’ve recently found it difficult to muster strong results on big stages. Take for example their short-lived run through the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, where they immediately suffered a difficult loss to Guild Esports before being dispatched by Team Liquid. Can forZe surface their moniker as a team just outside the gates or will they be gatekept once more?
The final team representing EMEA at the region’s Last Chance Qualifiers will be the winner of Strike Arabia.
The eight teams attending the EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers are set to do battle on October 10th and end on the 17th.
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