VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022 has not gone quite as expected. Underdogs XERXIA Esports pulled off their second upset against North American juggernaut OpTic Gaming, while tournament favorites Fnatic are going home after losses to Ninjas in Pyjamas and Zeta Division.

Team Liquid, who were invited in place of FunPlus Phoenix, became the first team to secure their spot in the playoffs, despite originally failing to even make it to the event. Korean powerhouse DRX was close behind, following dominant showings against Zeta Division and NIP.

In the meantime, regional top seeds The Guard, G2 Esports, Paper Rex, and LOUD are already waiting in the playoffs.

Which teams qualified for VCT Masters Reykjavik 2022 playoffs?

DRX Valorant Masters Reykjavik 2022
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Here’s a look at all eight teams that have qualified for the playoffs.

Teams will now play in a double-elimination bracket starting on April 15, a departure from last year’s single-elimination format.

The GuardNorth America
G2 EsportsEMEA
Paper RexAPAC
Team LiquidEMEA
OpTic GamingNorth America
Zeta DivisionJapan

The prize distribution is the same as the first Masters event in Iceland a year ago. The winner will take home US$200,00 in prize money, the lion’s share of the US$675,000 prize pot. In addition, they will receive 750 VCT circuit points that will go toward qualification for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.

All eight playoff teams are guaranteed a minimum of US$25,000 and 200 circuit points.

This is the same as EMEA top seed FunPlus Phoenix, who were unable to attend. They received both circuit points and prize money equivalent to a 7th to 8th placing at the tournament.

You can check out the upcoming schedule for Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022 here. Both matches will be broadcast on the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels.

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