Last night at Valorant Champions Tour EMEA Challengers, Guild took on M3 Champions (Ex-Gambit), and Fnatic battled FunPlus Phoenix for a spot in VCT Masters Copenhagen. With Guild making it look easy against M3 Champions, it got its first chance to represent EMEA at an International Event. Fnatic defeated FunPlus Phoenix in a close game and managed to qualify for their third international event.
The VCT EMEA Playoffs started the day before with Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, M3 Champions, and Ascend playing the starting rounds. With Fnatic and Guild being the top seeds had a bye in the first round.
The Playoffs started with Liquid taking on FunPlus Phoenix, Where both the teams managed to win their respective map picks with a scoreline of 13-8. In the final map of Haven, regulation ended with both teams winning twelve rounds, each forcing overtime. FPX, in the first overtime, managed to close out the game 14-12. With the loss, Liquid was pushed into the lower bracket, and FPX faced Fnatic for a chance at Masters’s qualification.
In the second Play-In stage game, between the rivals Ascent and M3 Champions, M3C quickly closed out Ascend’s map pick. The second map went the distance with three overtimes, and in the end, M3C managed to close out the map 16-14, winning the series 2-0. Ascend. Ascend is now in the lower bracket. M3C later faced Guild Esports for Masters’s contention.
In the first upper semifinals, M3C faced Guild, and Guild managed to overwhelm their opponents, easily defeating M3C 2-0, winning the maps 13-6 and 13-11, respectively. With the victory, Guild has managed to qualify for their first international competition. M3C, on the other hand, would play Team Liquid in an elimination match.
Following the Guild vs. M3C match, Fnatic played FPX and displayed utter dominance in the series’ first game, quickly closing out the map 13-6. FPX’s map pick went the distance, with FPX closing it out in the OT 14-12. On fracture, Fnatic efficiently suppressed FPX’s attack, winning the first half 9-3, and despite the shaky start to the second half, managed to close out the game 13-9, winning the series 2-1.
With the victory, Fnatic has now managed to qualify for their third international Valorant event. FPX would face Ascend today in an elimination game.
Fnatic would later face Guild in the Upper Finals for a spot in the finals and want to win the Challengers to become the first seed. At the same time, the teams in the lower bracket have to win three straight games to make it to Masters Copenhagen.