The VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs (also known as the Knockouts) are finally here. The tournament’s play-ins and group stage concluded after two weeks, and the top eight teams are moving on to the final phase of the competition.
BOOM Esports, Paper Rex, and FULL SENSE look in prime form, sailing through their respective groups without dropping a match.
Bleed eSports and XERXIA Esports are two teams to look out for as well. The two talented squads weren’t able to face each other due to technical issues, but they came out on top in a stacked group that also featured NAOS Esports and ONIC Esports.
All eight teams in the Knockouts stage will battle for one of the two spots at the first Masters event of the year in Iceland.
What is the VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs?
The multi-regional competition features the top teams from Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore, who are competing for a chance to represent the APAC region at the first international Valorant LAN event of the year.
The Knockouts stage will also host an exclusive performance from Ylona Garcia on the final day. The Filipino-Australian singer and songwriter was the artist behind “Entertain Me”, the theme song in Neon’s cinematic trailer.
VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs schedule and results
(To be updated)
The Knockouts will take place from March 24 to 27 with the matches starting at 11:30 a.m. GMT+8.
Upper Bracket Quarterfinals
|FULL SENSE||2 — 0||Persija Esports|
|Bleed eSports||2 — 1||Made in Thailand|
|BOOM Esports||0 — 2||XERXIA Esports|
|Paper Rex||2 — 0||South Build Esports|
Upper Bracket Semifinals
|FULL SENSE||1 — 2||Bleed eSports|
|XERXIA Esports||0 — 2||Paper Rex|
Lower Bracket Round 1
|Persija Esports||2 — 1||Made in Thailand|
|BOOM Esports||2 — 1||South Built Esports|
Lower Bracket Quarterfinal
|XERXIA Esports||2 — 0||Persija Esports|
|FULL SENSE||0 — 2||BOOM Esports|
Upper Bracket Final
|Bleed eSports||0 — 2||Paper Rex|
Lower Bracket Semifinal
|XERXIA Esports||2 — 1||BOOM Esports|
Lower Bracket Final
|Bleed eSports||1 — 2||XERXIA Esports|
|Paper Rex||3 — 2||XERXIA Esports|
Teams that are competing in the tournament
|Made in Thailand||Thailand|
|South Built Esports||Philippines|
VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs prize pool
|7th||Made in Thailand||US$7,500|
|8th||South Built Esports||US$7,500|
Format of the tournament
All teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket in best-of-three matches, except for the grand final, which is a best-of-five.
Where to watch VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs matches live?
Valorant fans can watch the Knockouts matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels:
VCT Malaysia & Singapore
VCT Hong Kong & Taiwan