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?

Bleed eSports Valorant roster
Credit: Bleed eSports

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

VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Play-ins teams
Credit: Riot Games

(To be updated)

The Knockouts will take place from March 24 to 27 with the matches starting at 11:30 a.m. GMT+8.

March 24

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals

FULL SENSE2 — 0Persija Esports
Bleed eSports2 — 1Made in Thailand
BOOM Esports0 — 2XERXIA Esports
Paper Rex2 — 0South Build Esports

March 25

Upper Bracket Semifinals

FULL SENSE1 — 2Bleed eSports
XERXIA Esports0 — 2Paper Rex

Lower Bracket Round 1

Persija Esports2 — 1Made in Thailand
BOOM Esports2 — 1South Built Esports

March 26

Lower Bracket Quarterfinal

XERXIA Esports2 — 0Persija Esports

Upper Bracket Final

Bleed eSports0 — 2Paper Rex

Lower Bracket Semifinal

XERXIA Esports2 — 1BOOM Esports

March 27

Lower Bracket Final

Bleed eSports1 — 2XERXIA Esports

Grand Final

Paper Rex3 — 2XERXIA Esports

Teams that are competing in the tournament

VCT APAC Challengers Stage 1 Group Stage
Credit: XERXIA Esports
BOOM EsportsIndonesia
Made in ThailandThailand
Paper RexSingapore
Persija EsportsIndonesia
Bleed eSportsSingapore
XERXIA EsportsThailand
South Built EsportsPhilippines

VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs prize pool

VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs Knockouts
Credit: Riot Games
3rdBleed eSportsUS$12,500
4thBOOM EsportsUS$10,000
5thPersija EsportsUS$8,750
7thMade in ThailandUS$7,500
8thSouth Built EsportsUS$7,500

Format of the tournament

VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers
Credit: Riot Games

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?

VCT Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik Iceland Stage, Valorant
Credit: Riot Games

Valorant fans can watch the Knockouts matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels:

VCT Philippines

Valorant Esports 3Twitch
Valorant EsportsYouTube
Valorant Esports PHFacebook

VCT Indonesia

Valorant IDTwitch
Valorant Esports IDYouTube
Valorant Esports IDFacebook

VCT Malaysia & Singapore

Valorant Esports 2Twitch
Valorant EsportsYouTube
Valorant Esports MYSGFacebook

VCT Thailand

Valorant THTwitch
Valorant ThailandYouTube
Valorant Esports THFacebook

VCT Hong Kong & Taiwan

Valorant TWTwitch
Valorant TWYouTube
Valorant Esports TWHKFacebook

VCT Vietnam

Valorant VietnamYouTube
Valorant Esports VNFacebook

READ MORE: How to join Ylona Garcia’s backstage AMA at VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers