We’re in for another week of intense Valorant action in the Asia-Pacific region with the start of the VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage on March 16.
The Group Stage comprises the 16 best Valorant teams in Asia-Pacific. 12 teams earned their spots through Riot Games’ VCT Stage 1 Challengers local qualifiers. The remaining four teams made their way into the Group Stage by advancing from the Play-ins.
Teams will compete for the eight spots in the Knockouts phase, or what you can think of as the Playoffs. The top two teams will then advance to VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022.
The tournament is headlined by the former X10 Crit roster XERXIA, Filipino squads South Built Esports and NAOS Esports, and Bleed eSports’ international Valorant roster featuring former G2 Esports player Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi.
What is the VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage?
The multi-regional competition features the top teams from Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and Australia. The Group Stage is the second leg of the VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs and is followed by the Knockouts phase.
Of the 16 participating teams in the Group Stage, 12 finished first or second during their respective local VCT Stage 1 Challengers qualifiers. The four remaining teams are those that made it through the Play-ins.
VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage schedule and results
(To be updated)
The tournament will run from March 16 to 21.
The 16 teams have been split into four groups. Each team will play in a GSL format with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Knockouts.
VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage standings
|1st||BOOM Esports||2 — 0|
|2nd||Made in Thailand||2 — 1|
|3rd||CERBERUS Esports||1 — 2|
|4th||No Namers||0 — 2|
|1st||Paper Rex||2 — 0|
|2nd||Persija Esports||2 — 1|
|3rd||Bonkers||1 — 2|
|4th||Fancy United Esports||0 — 2|
|1st||Bleed eSports||2 — 0|
|2nd||XERXIA Esports||2 — 1|
|3rd||ONIC Esports||1 — 2|
|4th||NAOS Esports||0 — 2|
|1st||FULL SENSE||2 — 0|
|2nd||Velocity Gaming||1 — 1|
|3rd||South Built Esports||1 — 1|
|4th||Oblivion Force||0 — 2|
VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage schedule
|Made in Thailand||2 — 1||CERBERUS Esports|
|Bonkers||1 — 2||Persija Esports|
|NAOS Esports||1 — 2||Bleed eSports|
|Velocity Gaming||2 — 0||Oblivion Force|
|BOOM Esports||2 — 0||No Namers|
|Paper Rex||2 — 0||Fancy United Esports|
|XERXIA Esports||2 — 1||ONIC Esports|
|South Built Esports||0 — 2||FULL SENSE|
|CERBERUS Esports||2 — 1||No Namers|
|Bonkers||2 — 0||Fancy United Esports|
|NAOS Esports||1 — 2||ONIC Esports|
|Made in Thailand||0 — 2||BOOM Esports|
|Persija Esports||1 — 2||Paper Rex|
|Oblivion Force||0 — 2||South Built Esports|
|Bonkers||1 — 2||Persija Esports|
|Bleed eSports||W — FF||XERXIA Esports|
|Velocity Gaming||0 — 2||FULL SENSE|
Update: XERXIA Esports forfeit the match due to technical issues according to Bleed eSports.
|CERBERUS Esports||0 — 2||Made in Thailand|
|ONIC Esports||1 — 2||XERXIA Esports|
|South Built Esports||2 — 0||Velocity Gaming|
Teams that are competing in the Group Stage
|Made in Thailand||Thailand|
|Fancy United Esports||Vietnam|
|South Built Esports||Philippines|
|Oblivion Force||Hong Kong|
Where to watch VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot’s official Twitch, YouTube or Facebook channels:
VCT Malaysia & Singapore
VCT Hong Kong & Taiwan