After six weeks of group stage matches, the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers playoffs are finally set to begin. Six teams advance to the final phase of the tournament, where they will battle for one of three spots at Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík.

European squad Fnatic took the top seed in Group A after remaining undefeated with a perfect 5-0 record in the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers group stage. The team has shown marked improvement since the addition of Andrey “BraveAF” Gorchakov and they will be looking to make their second Masters Reykavík appearance in April.

FunPlus Phoenix also had an impressive run, notching a 4-1 record with victories over Team Liquid and Natus Vincere, despite playing without in-game leader Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow in the latter half of the group stage. This puts them neck-and-neck with the former Gambit Esports squad now playing under the neutral M3 Champions banner.

Team Liquid, G2 Esports, and Guild Esports close out the playoffs, with all three teams securing 3-2 records.

What is the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs?

Fnatic, Boaster, VCT Stage 2 Masters
Credit: Riot Games

The playoffs are the final leg of VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers and will determine who qualifies for the first international LAN event of the year.

The top three teams will advance to VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík, where they will compete for a pool of 3,400 circuit points that will go toward qualifying for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.

VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs schedule and results

Mixwell, G2 Esports, VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Credit: Riot Games

The playoffs will take place from March 22 to 27 with the matches starting at 11:00 p.m. GMT+8.

(To be updated)

March 22

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals

M3 Champions2 — 0Guild Esports

March 23

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals

G2 Esports0 — 2Team Liquid

Upper Bracket Semifinals

Fnatic2 — 1M3 Champions

March 24

Upper Bracket Semifinals

FunPlus Phoenix2 — 0Team Liquid

Lower Bracket Quarterfinals

G2 Esports2 — 0M3 Champions

March 25

Lower Bracket Quarterfinals

Guild Esports0 — 2Team Liquid

Lower Bracket Semifinal

March 26

Fnatic0 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

Upper Bracket Final

G2 Esports2 — 0Team Liquid

Lower Bracket Final

Fnatic0 — 3G2 Esports

March 27

Grand Final

FunPlus Phoenix3 — 1G2 Esports

Teams that are competing in the tournament

VCT EMEA Stage 1 Playoffs qualified teams
Credit: Riot Games
FunPlus Phoenix
M3 Champions
G2 Esports
Team Liquid
Guild Esports

VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers prize and point pool

Gambit Esports, VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Credit: Riot Games
1stFunPlus PhoenixQualifies to Masters ReykjavíkEU€40,000 (US$44,340)
2ndG2 EsportsQualifies to Masters ReykjavíkEU€30,000 (US$33,250)
3rdFnaticQualifies to Masters ReykjavíkEU€22,000 (US$24,390)
4thTeam Liquid55 VCT pointsEU€18,000 (US$19,950)
5thM3 Champions50 VCT pointsEU€15,000 (US$16,630)
6thGuild Esports50 VCT pointsEU€15,000 (US$16,630)
7thNatus Vincere45 VCT pointsEU€12,000 (US$13,300)
8thBBL Esports45 VCT pointsEU€12,000 (US$13,300)
9thAcend40 VCT pointsEU€10,000 (US$11,080)
10thLDN UTD40 VCT pointsEU€10,000 (US$11,080)
11thBIG35 VCT pointsEU€8,000 (US$8,870)
12thSuperMassive Blaze35 VCT pointsEU€8,000 (US$8,870)

Format of the tournament

G2 Esports versus Sentinels at VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin, Valorant, Riot Games
Credit: Riot Games

All teams will compete in double-elimination best-of-three matches, except during the Lower Final and Grand Final, which are best-of-five games.

Where to watch VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs matches live?

VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifier, VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin Stage, Valorant, Riot Games
Credit: Riot Games

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

Valorant EsportsTwitch
Valorant Esports 2Twitch
Valorant Esports 3Twitch
Valorant EsportsYouTube

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