The Play-In stage for Valorant Champions Tour Asia-Pacific Challengers concluded today with four teams out of eight qualifying for the tournament’s Group Stage. The Group Stage would have twelve teams waiting to play their games. Out of the sixteen total teams in the group stage, only eight teams would qualify for the Playoffs.
The Play-In stage was a test for the lower-seed teams where they battled it out to qualify for the Group Stage. The matches started on the 9th of June with Boom Esports Taking on Cerberus Esports from Group A and Bleed taking on Ghetto artist in group B.
Out of the two groups, from Group A, Made in Thailand and Boom Esports made it to the Group Stage, and from Group B, Bleed and Rex Regum Qeon qualified for the Group stage.
Made in Thailand was the first team to qualify for the Group stage. The third seed from Thailand had to face South Asia’s Enigma gaming in their Inaugural Game. They managed to edge out their opponent 14-12 in the last map of the series to play the Winner’s match.
In the Winner’s match, Made in Thailand battled against BOOM esports from Indonesia. Despite losing their map pick, Made in Thailand managed to reverse sweep BOOM Esports 2-1 in a dominant way to qualify for the Group Stage.
On the other hand, BOOM esports defeated Cerberus Esports in their opening game of the Play-in Stage. But losing to Made in Thailand, They have matched up against Cerberus again in the Decider Match, where they managed to close out the series 2-0 in a dominant fashion to become the second team from Group A out of the play-in stage.
Group B saw Malaysia/Singapore’s Bleed taking on Hong Kong/Taiwan’s Ghetto Artist in the First round, where Bleed managed to win the game comfortably in the third map. In the qualification game, Bleed was matched up against Filipino Rex Regum Qeon, Where Bleed managed to edge out their opponents in a close-fought series which went till the last round possible in all three matches.
With the win, Bleed became the first team to qualify for the Group stage from Group B. Filipino RRQ then faced Ghetto Artist for the final spot. Despite Ghetto Artist’s attempt, RRQ managed to dominate their opponents, winning the game 2-0, becoming the last team in the Group stage of VCT APAC Challengers.
Now we have got all the sixteen teams for the group stage. The teams that qualified through Play-ins would be allocated groups, and the matches for the group stage would start on the 15th of June.
Only eight teams out of sixteen would move on to playoffs, of which only two would represent APAC at Valorant Champions Tour Masters Copenhagen. Best of luck to all the teams, and may the best team win.