The VCT Korea Stage 2 Challengers group stage has finally concluded after four weeks of matches between the best teams in the region. Six teams have advanced to the final phase of the competition, but one team in particular has continued their dominant reign.
It was business as usual for DRX. The kings of Korea won all seven of their group stage matches, proving beyond a doubt that they are still the best team in Korea. Kim “stax” Gu-taek and the boys in blue did not even drop a single map in the group stage, securing an upper bracket semifinals berth in the playoffs.
On Sla2ers and DWG KIA finished right behind DRX with 5-2 records. However, since On Sla2ers beat DWG KIA 2-1 in Week 3, Park “Bazzi” Jun-ki and the rest of his squad secure the second upper bracket semifinals spot in the playoffs.
DWG KIA will start their playoffs run in the upper bracket quarterfinals, alongside Spear Gaming, World Game Star, and Maru Gaming, three squads that finished with 3-4 records in the group stage.
CNJ Esports and Tartarus were eliminated from the competition with 1-6 records. After the final day of the group stage, Tartarus’ manager Sungmin “SoYeon” So also announced that they had disbanded their Valorant roster.
Full list of teams qualified for VCT Korea Stage 2 Challengers playoffs
|STANDING||TEAM||MATCH RECORD (W-L)||MAP RECORD (W-L)||ROUND DIFFERENTIAL|
|1st||DRX||7 — 0||186 — 98||+88|
|2nd||On Sla2ers||5 — 2||170 — 130||+40|
|3rd||DWG KIA||5 — 2||189 — 158||+31|
|4th||World Game Star||3 — 4||175 — 176||-1|
|5th||Maru Gaming||3 — 4||170 — 201||-31|
|6th||Spear Gaming||3 — 4||160 — 198||-38|
|7th||CJN Esports||1 — 6||181 — 204||-23|
|8th||Tartarus||1 — 6||120 — 186||-66|
Here are the six qualified teams that have secured their spots at the Stage 2 Challengers playoffs, which are set to begin on June 18. The winner of the playoffs will qualify for VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen in July.
The playoffs will see the six qualified teams compete in a double-elimination bracket. The top two teams received byes and advanced directly to the upper bracket semifinals.
All matches will be best-of-three series, except for the lower final and grand final, which will be best-of-five.