VCT 2022-Masters Reykjavik Group Stage Recap

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ZETA Division, OpTic Gaming, G2, TL, DRX, The Guard, LOUD, and Paper Rex are the eight teams that will compete in the playoff stage of the Valorant Champions 2022- Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik. We have four potential action-packed upper bracket matchups, which are set to begin in a few hours. G2 Esports will take on ZETA Division while Team Liquid will face off Brazilian team, LOUD. The highly expected quarterfinal matchups are as follows:

  • G2 Esports vs ZETA Division
  • LOUD vs Team Liquid
  • Paper Rex vs DRX
  • The Guard vs OpTic Gaming

Here are the final standings for the group stage

KRÜ Esports and Fnatic have been knocked out from the tournament, completing the group stage without taking a win. Fnatic lost to ZETA Division in the elimination match, while KRÜ Esports, who surprised everyone with their outstanding performance at Valorant Champions Tour 2021, were kicked out of the VCT 2022- Masters Reykjavik by OpTic Gaming. The North American representative then decimated XERXIA in the decider match and qualified for the playoffs.

Valorant Champions Tour will have a new champion considering that the favorites of the tournament either failed to qualify for Masters Reykjavik or were eliminated in the group stage. Gambit, Acend, and Sentinels, former champions, will not be seen in the playoffs, while Fnatic returned home with a disappointing result. Team Liquid and DRX dominated their groups and seemed poised to reach the grand finals. They will progress through the different schemes of the winner bracket, which means we may see Team Liquid and DRX matched up against each other in the next round.

The Guard and OpTic Gaming will meet again

OpTic Gaming will battle it out against their regional rival, The Guard, in the first round of the playoffs. For those who don’t know, the current OpTic Gaming roster competed in previous tournaments under the brand of Team Envy. Both teams faced off twice in the VCT 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers. Although OpTic Gaming won the upper bracket final series 2-0 and sent their opponent to the lower bracket, The Guard won the five-match intense final series and secured their spot at Masters Reykjavik.

Since that time, OpTic Gaming looked better in the group stage, but we don’t know if it will be enough to take The Guard down once again. A long, drastic journey is on the horizon for the losers of the upper bracket matchups. They will have to win three bo3 and one bo5 series to make their way to the grand finals, which is slated to kick off on the 24th of April. You can catch all the action from the official Valorant Twitch channel.

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