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.
Which teams qualified for VCT Masters Reykjavik 2022 playoffs?
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 Guard||North America|
|OpTic Gaming||North America|
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.