The first round of the main event for Valorant Challengers 1 Stage 3 EU came to a definitive ending yesterday. Eight teams went head to head with each other in the upper Quarterfinals and Lower Round 1.
Only four teams will progress from the double-elimination bracket Main event. These teams will go ahead in the EMEA Playoffs.
Unlike Reykjavík, Berlin Masters Three will feature four slots for the region, thanks to the new format expansion.
Challengers 1 will come to a conclusion soon, and fans are excited to see which teams will make it through to the playoffs, and eventually to the Berlin Masters Three.
Here is everything you need to know about the Valorant Challengers 1 Stage 3 EU.
The eight teams who made it through to the main event for Europe, who will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The total prize pool for the main event is €35,000.
Here are the eight teams:
- Guild eSports
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Team Liquid
- Team BDS
- G2 Esports
- Rix.GG Thunder
The upper bracket quarterfinals and the first round of the lower bracket were completed on July 7th, 2021.
Fnatic, Guild Esports, FunPlus Phoenix and Acend won their matches and went ahead to the upper bracket Semi-finals.
Similarly, Team Liquid and G2 Esports made it to the second round in the lower bracket on the first day of the main event.
Here are the results from Day 1:
Upper bracket quarterfinals
- Team Liquid 1-2 Fnatic
- Guild Esports 2-1 Team BDS
- FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 G2 Esports
- Acend 2-0 Rix.GG Thunder
Lower bracket round one
- Team Liquid 2-0 Team BDS
- G2 Esports 2-0 Rix.GG Thunder
July 8th - Upper bracket semifinals
- Fnatic vs. Guild Esports (1-2)
- FunPlus Phoenix vs. Acend (1-2)
The upper bracket semi-finals are going to be an intense affair, as every team will try to book an early slot for the finals.
Fnatic were undoubtedly the favourite to go through to the finals. Their performance against Team Liquid proved why they deserve to go through to the EMEA Playoffs. However, Guild Esports stopped Fnatic's run by winning 2-1 in the upper bracket semis.
At the same time, FunPlus Phoenix will be looking to outshine others this time around. Despite being one of the strongest teams in the region, they could not qualify for Reykjavik.
FPX will have a chance to redo that all over again at Masters 3 Berlin, but they will have to wait for Challengers 2 to qualify for the playoffs.
Acend beat FPX 2-1 and went ahead in the upper bracket finals against Guild Esports.
Fans can catch the live action from 4:00 pm BST at the official Valorant Twitch channel.
July 8th - Lower bracket round two
- Team Liquid vs FPX (0-2)
- G2 Esports vs Fnatic (0-2)
The lower bracket currently has Team Liquid and G2 Esports. Both these teams faced the losers from the upper bracket semi-finals. So Team Liquid went up against FPX while G2 faced Fnatic.
Team Liquid were looking to make a triumphant comeback after the quarterfinals defeat to Fnatic, but it wasn't meant to be as FPX defeated Liquid 2-0.
Similarly, G2 Esports had a chance to redeem themselves by winning the lower brackets, and that is exactly what they did by defeating Fnatic 2-0.
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see a classic duel between Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom.
4PM BST/10 AM CT: Upper bracket final
- Guild Esports vs Acend (0-2)
Guild Esports went to the finals of the Champions 1 Stage 3, but failed to progress to the grand finals as Acend won the upper bracket finals 2-0.
7 PM BST/1 PM CT: Lower bracket round three
- FPX vs G2 Esports (1-2)
FPX lost 2-1 to Guild Esports who booked their spot for the lower bracket finals.
July 10 - Lower bracket final
2:00 PM BST/ 8 AM CT
- Guild Esports vs G2 Esports (2-3)
This was undoubtedly the match of the tournament, as both teams went head to head in a best of five format. Guild Esports did their best, but it was G2 who prevailed against all odds to secure a spot in the Grand Finals against Acend.
July 11 - Grand finals
2:00 PM BST/ 8 AM CT
- G2 Esports vs Acend (1-3)
The Grand Finals for Valorant Challengers 1 Stage 3 EU was quite intriguing to watch. Most of the favorites for the tournament were already eliminated and it was upto G2 Esports to clinch the title of European supremacy.
However, Acend had other ideas and won the game by fate and force. They progressed to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs.
G2 Esports, Guild Esports, and FPX have also qualified for the next stage, but they'll have to do better to get a ticket to Berlin for Masters 3.