The highly anticipated playoff stage of the Valorant Champions Tour: Europe, Middle East and Africa has kicked off with Team Liquid taking down G2 in the first round of the upper bracket. Though G2 put Icebox in their pocket easier than they thought and tied the series, the remaining two maps did not go as planned. Team Liquid sent their regional rival to the lower bracket thanks to an astonishing 13-8 performance on Haven.
On the flip side of the upper bracket, Gambit took the hammer down on Guild in a quick 2-0 series. The CIS representative opened up the series with a challenging 13-11 win on Fracture. Gambit looked better than their opponent throughout the series. After their convincing victory on Bind, Gambit matched with Fnatic in the second round of the winner bracket.
Guild will try to make a miracle run from the lower bracket, and the first hurdle they will have to overcome will be Team Liquid.
FPX set its sights on the grand final
FunPlus Phoenix started the playoff stage by strengthening their game strategy that has built around Shao and ardiis. Both players led FPX to the victory against Team Liquid, the main Jett player of the team, ardiis, completed the series with a +14 KDA score while Shao followed his teammate with +13.
The Belgian brotherhood was not enough for Team Liquid to bounce back to the series as ScreaM had one of his worst tournament series. It may seem a little strange to you, but FunPlus Phoenix has managed to win 5 of the 6 series they have played against Team Liquid so far, and this sheer victory maintained their agonizing %90 win rate. FunPlus Phoenix secured their spot in their first LAN tournament, VCT Masters: Reykjavik, which will take place from April 10-24.
FunPlus Phoenix will face off Fnatic, who wiped out Gambit in the previous round, on 25 March, while Team Liquid will play against Guild on the lower bracket. You can catch all the action from Valorant’s official Twitch channel.