03 Aug 2021 8:42 AM +00:00

Valorant VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs EMEA: Everything You Need To Know

Valorant VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs are right around the corner, and twelve teams have secured their spot from Europe, Turkey and the CIS.

The VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs is the last shot for these teams to qualify for Masters Berlin. Only four teams will make it through the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs to represent their region at Berlin.

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Here's everything you need to know about the VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs.

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Start Date

The VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs is scheduled to begin on 12th August 2021.

All the main events for Stage 3 Challengers from Europe, Turkey and CIS have successfully concluded.

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Out of the main events, only twelve teams have secured their spots for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. From here on, only four teams will progress and qualify for Masters 3 Berlin.

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Prize Pool

The prize pool for the VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs is $100,000 and VCT Circuit points. This will be distributed among the qualified teams in the following order:

  • 1st position - $38,657 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 2nd position - $18,436 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 3rd position - $11,894 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 4th position - $8,921 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 5th-6th position - $5,353 (50 VCT Circuit points)
  • 7th-8th position - $2,974 (40 VCT Circuit points)
  • 9th-12th position - $1,784 (30 VCT Circuit points)
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Format

The format for the VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs will be mostly similar to other Challengers Playoffs. All teams will match up in a Double Elimination bracket. Matches will be played in a best of three formats, and all six maps will be allowed.

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However, the top four seeded teams (ACEND, Gambit, SMB and G2 Esports) will join in from the Upper Bracket Round 2.

Both the finals will be contested in best of five matches, just like all the main events. It will be exciting to see which four teams progresses from the EMEA Challengers Playoffs.


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Qualified Teams

The twelve teams that have qualified for the VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoff are as follows:

Europe:

  • ACEND (Challengers 1)
  • FunPlus Phoenix (Challengers 1)
  • G2 Esports (Challengers 1)
  • Guild (Challengers 1)
  • Team Liquid (Challengers 2)
  • Giants Gaming (Challengers 2)
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Turkey:

  • Oxygen Esports (Challengers 1)
  • SuperMassive Blaze (Challengers 1)
  • Fire Flux Esports (Challengers 2)
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CIS:

  • Gambit Esports (Challengers 1)
  • Natus Vincere (Challengers 1)
  • ForZe (Challengers 2)
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Schedule

This image is the schedule for VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs .
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VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs (Image via vct.gg)

The Schedule for VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs are as follows:

Upper Bracket Round 1 (12th August)

  • NAVI vs Team Liquid (Match 1)
  • Guild Esports vs Forze (Match 2)
  • FunPlus Phoenix vs FireFlux Esports (Match 3)
  • Oxygen Gaming vs Giants Gaming (Match 4)
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Upper Bracket Round 2 (13th August)

  • ACEND vs Match 1 Winners
  • Gambit vs Match 2 Winners
  • SMB vs Match 3 Winners
  • G2 Esports vs Match 4 Winners
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Lower Bracket Round 1 (14th & 15th August)

  • TBD vs TBD (14th Aug)
  • TBD vs TBD (14th Aug)
  • TBD vs TBD (15th Aug)
  • TBD vs TBD (15th Aug)
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Upper Bracket Round 3 (16th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD

Lower Bracket Round 2 (18th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD
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Lower Bracket Round 3 (19th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD

Upper Bracket Finals (20th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
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Lower Bracket Round 4 (20th August)

  • TBD vs TBD

Lower Bracket Finals (21st August)

  • TBD vs TBD
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Grand Finale (22nd August)

  • TBD vs TBD

Keep An Eye On

The four top seeded teams from Europe, Turkey and CIS will join the Upper Bracket in the Challengers Playoffs from Round 2. This means ACENT, G2 Esports, SMB and Gambit will get a chance to see their opponents compete in the Upper Brackets Round 1.

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The Upper Brackets Round 1 is going to be an intense affair, as every team will try their best to progress to Round 2. However, the losers will have a chance in the double-elimination bracket format.

ACEND are undoubtedly one of the top contenders to win the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. Similarly, Gambit Esports are easily one of the toughest teams in the tournament.

It will be interesting for fans to see how these two teams match up against each other.

European powerhouses like Team Liquid, FPX, and Giants Gaming will have to make an impact from their first match itself. The lower brackets can become a tedious process for any team.

Thus, it would be best for these teams to get a good start from Round 1 itself.

Only the top four teams from the VCT Stage 3 EMEA Challengers Playoffs will progress to Masters 3 Berlin, and fans cannot wait for the action to begin on 12th August 2021.

Fans can watch the live broadcast for all the matches at Valorant esports official Twitch channel. The live stream will also feature on Youtube.