The VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs are finally set to begin after five weeks of exhilarating group stage matches. Six teams have advanced to the final phase of the tournament, where they will battle for one of the three spots at Masters Copenhagen.

European squad Fnatic took the top seed in Group A with a perfect 5-0 record in the playoffs. Despite their roster changes before the start of the VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers group stage, Fnatic breezed through the competition with wins over teams like Acend, FunPlus Phoenix, and G2 Esports.

Valorant Champions 2021 winners Acend are once again a team to look out for, with their revamped squad finishing the group stage with a 4-1 record. New in-game leader Vakaris ” vakk” Bebravičius has Acend firing on all cylinders, and the team has found success with different team compositions, including putting Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek on Reyna instead of Jett on Icebox.

Guild Esports and Team Liquid were dominant in Group B, securing a 4-1 record to top the group. Guild’s Nikita “trexx” Cherednichenko has stepped up his performance in the group stage, averaging the fifth-highest Average Combat Score (ACS) at 240.9.

Meanwhile, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom’s switch to Raze appears to have been the change Liquid needed to edge out the competition.

Rounding out the teams that qualified for the EMEA playoffs are FunPlus Phoenix and M3 Champions, who completed the group stage with 3-2 and 2-3 records respectively.

What is the VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs?

Acend cNed at Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

The playoffs are the final leg of VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers and will determine which teams qualify for the second international LAN event of the year.

Teams that qualify for Masters Copenhagen in July will compete for a pool of 4,450 circuit points that will go toward qualifying for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.

The winner of Masters Copenhagen will also automatically receive a slot in Valorant Champions.

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs schedule and results

Team Liquid defeats Xerxia Esports in Day 2 of Masters Reykjavik 2022
Credit: Riot Games

The playoffs will run for two weeks from June 17 to 26. Top seeds Fnatic and Guild Esports have received a direct bye to the upper bracket semifinals. The remaining four teams will start in the quarterfinals.

On match days, games are scheduled to begin at 11:00 p.m. GMT+8.

June 17

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals

Acend0 — 2M3 Champions

June 18

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals

Team Liquid1 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

Upper Bracket Semifinals

Guild Esports2 — 0M3 Champions

June 19

Upper Bracket Semifinals

Fnatic2 — 1FunPlus Phoenix

Lower Bracket Quarterfinals

Acend1 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

June 20

Lower Bracket Quarterfinals

Team Liquid1 — 2M3 Champions

June 24

Upper Bracket Final

Guild Esports0 — 2Fnatic

June 25

Lower Bracket Semifinal

M3 Champions1 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

Lower Bracket Final

Guild Esports0 — 3FunPlus Phoenix

June 26

Grand Final

Fnatic3 — 0FunPlus Phoenix

Teams that are competing in the tournament

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers playoff teams
Credit: Riot Games
Guild Esports
Team Liquid
FunPlus Phoenix
M3 Champions

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers prize and point pool

Gambit Esports (M3C) wins VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Credit: Riot Games
1stFnaticQualifies to Masters CopenhagenUS$42,200
2ndFunPlus PhoenixQualifies to Masters CopenhagenUS$31,700
3rdGuild EsportsQualifies to Masters CopenhagenUS$23,200
4thM3 Champions75US$19,000
5thTeam Liquid65US$15,800

Format of the tournament

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 2 Challengers playoffs matches live?

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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